Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

0300 304 0100 Swandean, Arundel Road , Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3EP
http://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/

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Overview

News:

  • Single use plastic products phased out at Sussex Partnership
  • Music for the Mind - Consultant Psychiatrist leads music event to start a conversation about young people’s mental health
  • Langley Green becomes first mental health hospital to receive award for offering improved support to LGBTQ community
Sussex Partnership

We are an NHS mental health trust providing care and treatment for people living in south east England. Our 2020 Vision is outstanding care and treatment you can be confident in.

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Departments and services

We provide community and inpatient mental health services for children and young people, adults (including people aged over 65), and people who need a more secure environment. We also provide community and inpatient learning disability services.

Latest news

Single use plastic products phased out at Sussex Partnership

We are phasing out all single use plastic products from our cafes and vending machines and replacing them with environmentally friendly alternatives.

Plastic straws, food containers, plates, cups and cutlery are all being swapped for renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials – made by company Vegware -  that can be composted or recycled with other waste as part of the Trust’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment.

Sussex Partnership provides specialist mental health and learning disability services for all ages in Sussex as well as services for children and young people in Hampshire. It operates four cafes for staff, service users, their family, friends and carers at Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing, Mill View Hospital in Hove, Brighton General Hospital and Langley Green Hospital in Crawley.

Gavin Ford, the Trust’s head of facilities, said: “As an employer we are committed to carefully managing our impact on the environment, and are constantly working to improve our environmental performance.

“The huge damage waste plastic can do to our environment and its effect on marine life has been well documented in the media recently and this move is about us doing our bit to combat our impact on the environment and to support our communities, businesses, schools and community groups across Sussex and Hampshire who are working so hard to reduce  or eliminate avoidable single-use plastics.”

It is anticipated all single use plastics will be phased out across the Trust and replaced with Vegware products by the end of the year.

Last updated on 06 December 2018.

Music for the Mind - Consultant Psychiatrist leads music event to start a conversation about young people’s mental health

A consultant physiatrist who uses music and the arts to support children and young people through mental health challenges has been recognised by the High Commission of India.

Dr Ramya Mohan is a Consultant Psychiatrist based in the Worthing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and is also an accomplished composer and performer.

Ramya uses her academic and creative skills to create projects, events and techniques to support children and young people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Ramya was invited to perform at an event hosted by The High Commission of India, Culture Wing, in London on Wednesday 10 October, which was World Mental Health Day.

At ‘Music for the Mind’, Ramya used songs in a number of different languages to start a dialogue about mental health. The event also included a Q&A session with a number of experts from both medical and musical backgrounds.

Ramya said: “I was so proud to launch my new video single ‘Jaagritaa’, which means awakening. My hope is that the song will raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.

“Through this song I have tried to integrate the artistic communities across India and the UK to promote mental health across cultures and continents. The video also features 30 children who are using their energy to promote the cause of mental health through music.”

Ramya has also created a music-based therapeutic technique called CAPE, which stands for Creative Arts for Processing Emotions, of which there is also a version specifically for children and young people. This project has received recognition across the world.

To find out more about Ramya, her work and upcoming events go to www.ramyamohan.com

Last updated on 01 November 2018.

Langley Green becomes first mental health hospital to receive award for offering improved support to LGBTQ community

Langley Green Hospital in Crawley, which provides specialist mental health services to adults, is the first psychiatric hospital in the UK to receive the ‘LGBTQ Inclusion Award’, which acknowledges hospitals who have taken significant steps to make their services more inclusive of LGBTQ people.

Steven Rowley, Clinical Specialist for Occupational Therapy at Langley Green, said: “It was really important to us at Langley Green that we make our hospital as welcoming and inclusive as possible for everybody who accesses our services.

“We have been working with two Brighton-based charities, Switchboard and Trans Alliance, and as a result, have introduced gender neutral toilets and started to deliver specialist training for our staff, so that they feel better equipped to support our service users who identify as LGBTQ.

”As a result of months of hard work, we have met the Gold Award standard and will be formally presented with the certificate at a ceremony on Monday 22 October.” 

Launched as a pilot, the LGBTQ Inclusion Award offers primary and secondary care service providers an improved knowledge and tools to help them meet the needs of the LGBTQ community.

Daniel Cheesman, CEO of Switchboard, said: “We have been pleased to work with the team at Langley Green and it has been a pleasure supporting them in understanding the barriers that LGBTQ people face and making changes and putting in the systems to ensure that LGBTQ patients feel welcome and included.

“I have been impressed to see that the team have gone the extra mile and have really understood what it takes to be LGBTQ inclusive. I am delighted that they have achieved the Gold Award and I want to thank the team and congratulate them for all their hard work.”

To find out more about the LGBTQ Inclusion Award, go to www.switchboard.org.uk/brighton-hove-lgbtq-inclusion-award

Last updated on 19 October 2018.

Sussex residents urged to talk about how they’re feeling this World Suicide Prevention Day

In the run up to World Suicide Prevention Day, people across Sussex are being urged to talk to someone if they’re struggling with how they feel.

World Suicide Prevention Day is marked each year on 10 September, and this year Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is reminding people that it’s ok to talk about how they feel and ask for help.

Three quarters of the people who end their lives in the UK each year are men, and suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, and that includes cancer and road traffic accidents. 

People who have experienced a bereavement, and in particular people who have lost someone to suicide, are more likely to take their own lives. People who have harmed themselves, or tried to harm themselves, are also at higher risk, as are people living with chronic health conditions, people from minority communities and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). 

It’s really important that we recognise we are in this together, that we encourage people to seek help if they are feeling vulnerable and that we look out for each other.

Dr Rick Fraser, Sussex Partnership’s Medical Director and lead for suicide prevention at Sussex Partnership said: “We believe that every death by suicide is potentially preventable, and that suicide is not inevitable. We know that men in particular find it difficult to talk about how they are feeling and may not come forward and ask for help if they are distressed or worried about something. It may seem like a generalisation, but men often don’t have the same social connections and ability to talk about things that are troubling them as women do, so it can often be difficult to spot when someone is struggling.  

“I want everyone to know that, no matter what is going on in their life and how bad things may seem, help is out there and things can get better. There is still a huge stigma around mental health and suicide, but by talking about it and normalising conversations about how we’re feeling, people will start to feel more comfortable and hopefully ask for help before they reach crisis point.

“Our message this World Suicide Prevention Day is that, no matter who you are, if you are feeling alone, distressed or worried, please talk to someone. Whether that is a friend, your GP or someone at the Samaritans, you don’t have to manage alone. And if you’re worried about someone, please reach out and ask for help. It’s so important that we look out for each other and support each other in seeking help.”

If you are concerned about how you are feeling, or if you are concerned about someone you know, you can have a free, confidential, non-judgemental conversation with the Samaritans at any time of day on 116 123.

You can also talk to your GP, who will be able to refer you to local organisations for support, or contact the Sussex Mental Healthline on 0300 5000 101.

Last updated on 06 September 2018.

Sussex Mental Health Trust rated top for research

Sussex Partnership featured in the top ten for the number of people recruited to research studies and for the number of studies on offer locally. 

Clinical research studies enable patients and volunteers to contribute to learning that has a direct impact on the way mental health care is provided both now and in the future. 

The NIHR consulted over 36,000 patients and volunteers across the South East of England from all NHS Trusts and CCGs over the last two years to collect the data for the league table.

Mark Hayward, Director of Research at Sussex Partnership says: “We are delighted to once again be recognised as one of the most research active mental health Trusts in England. Whilst talking about mental health seems to be in vogue, there is so much that needs to be learnt about mental health problems and their treatment. Research can play a key role in enhancing the quality of our services, and we are grateful to the service users and clinical staff who have participated within our research studies and helped us to learn. 

“Our high levels of research activity are due to many of our studies being 'home grown'. These studies are aligned most closely with the needs of the people of Sussex and are developed in partnership with colleagues at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton, and Brighton & Sussex Medical School. We are currently investing in these partnerships to build the research infrastructure that will enable us develop and conduct research studies that can make a real difference to our service users.”

The Research department runs a wide variety of studies covering all areas of mental health, including psychosis, dementia, links between brain and body and mood and anxiety. 

Angie Culham, lived experience research ambassador, shares why taking part in research is valuable to her: “I didn’t feel alone with my problems anymore. I felt like I was helping other people with similar problems; it did my confidence the world of good.”

There are always studies looking for participants and plenty of opportunities to get involved in research. A film about the type of research carried out at Sussex Partnership and how it shapes the future of mental health services locally can be found on Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s YouTube channel.

For more information, and to enquire about current studies, please contact: askaboutresearch@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk or 0300 304 0088.

Last updated on 02 August 2018.

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Arbitrary detention

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23 November 2018

Department of Psychiatry - Degrading & Humiliating Care

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12 October 2018

Sent me away when I needed them

Went to time to talk as I was referred by my gp since I was suffering with sever depression and needed help urgently. My weight had dropp...

5 September 2018

Negative experience

I came into a&e feeling low and having thoughts to kill myself. I was seen by a member of staff who I found to be really rude, aggressive...

16 August 2018

My experience of great care whilst very ill with depression

I became unwell with depression when my personal circumstances changed dramatically. I had a tendency to experience bouts of depression t...

16 July 2018

Last updated on 06 December 2018.

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