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Connecting 4 You is our programme to improve local health and social care for the population of High Weald, Lewes and the Havens.

You can read more about the aims of Connecting 4 You and why it was established, further down this page.

To build on our successes and strengthen our work across the county, from June 2019, we are bringing C4Y together with ESBT (East Sussex Better Together - the integration programme for the Hastings and Rother and Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford area), to establish a single health and care programme across the whole of East Sussex. This will be led by an executive group made up of senior leaders from acute and community care, primary care, mental health services, social care and commissioning.

The new executive group will be held to account by the East Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB). The HWB includes representatives from Healthwatch East Sussex, the voluntary sector, and the District and Borough Councils. 

By working in such a joined-up way, we believe we’re able to serve the whole of East Sussex even more effectively.

To find out more, read the full article about the single health and care programme.

To stay up to date, visit the Health and Social Care News East Sussex website or sign up to the newsletter.

Connecting 4 You aims to introduce new and innovative ways of working to bring together health and social care services to better meet the needs of our population. This will be done by:

  • Finding ways to keep people healthier and to help people manage their own conditions when they do become ill.
  • Working across organisations as if we are all one team to make sure all of our services stay focused on the patient.
  • Making it easier to see a GP when needed to and to make it easier for people to use other non-hospital services.
  • Making sure people do not always end up in A&E when they need to be seen urgently.
  • Improving how people are cared for in community hospitals and nursing/care homes.
  • Helping more people more quickly with mental health needs, including those living with dementia.
  • Making sure that children and families get the best and most joined-up services we can deliver

We know that health and social care services are not currently being provided to our residents as efficiently and effectively as they could be. There are a number of ways in which we could improve the experience of patients and how they access services to ensure we are better meeting their needs. Alongside this, there are a number of challenges that we are currently facing locally that can only be addressed by changing the way we work. These challenges include:

People are living longer:We have a growing and aging population and more and more people are living with long-term conditions. This puts extra pressure on health and care services.

Health and care inequality: We have people living in some parts of the High Weald, Lewes and Havens areas who experience significantly worse health than people living elsewhere in the region.

Rising demand:General Practice (GPs) across the city and our local hospitals are struggling to cope with the growing demand on their services, which means people are waiting longer than we would like to be seen and treated.

Restricted finance: Health and social care across the country is facing restricted finances, with funding unable to keep up with the demand on services. We have to ensure we are working as efficiently and effectively as we can within the resources available.