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Connecting 4 You is a new programme that builds on work that is already underway to improve local health and social care for the population of High Weald, Lewes and the Havens.

It involves looking at the health and care needs of everyone and sets out how we can improve and promote health and wellbeing, prevent avoidable ill health and better coordinate support services, including technology, equipment and accommodation. It aims to support people in times of need, help them stay out of hospital and, if they do have to go to hospital, get them home again as soon as possible. 

The programme is led by High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and East Sussex County Council, alongside community and mental health Trusts, working in partnership with Healthwatch, patients, carers and the local community and voluntary sector.

Connecting 4 You supports wider plans to transform health and social care services across Sussex and will help us respond to the rising demand on services, whilst managing a restricted budget. 


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. 

We are holding a number of engagement events to give local people the chance to give their views on health and social care and help influence and shape our plans for the future. As we develop these plans, we will include patient representatives and will be working closely with Healthwatch.

If you have any question or query about Connecting 4 You or you want to get involved, you can email hwlhccg.c4y@nhs.net


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If you have any question or query about Connecting 4 You or you want to get involved, you can email hwlhccg.enquiries@nhs.net