Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

0300 304 0100 Swandean, Arundel Road , Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3EP

2.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 13 ratings for this trust



  • Innovative digital therapy helping patients with paranoia in Sussex
  • CQC rates Sussex Partnership 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring
  • A new purpose built ward for dementia patients opens in Hove
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.

Find out more about us on our websiteTwitterFacebook and Youtube.

If you're thinking about working with us see our recruitment pages.

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

Angie, who has been trying out SlowMo

Innovative digital therapy helping patients with paranoia in Sussex

A trial for SlowMo, the first digital therapy for paranoia, has been launched in Sussex following trials in London and Oxford. 

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust and the University of Sussex are leading the trial locally for the Sussex area and recruiting participants across Sussex over the next two years.

Pharmacological and psychological treatments can have limited effectiveness for some patients, so this trial is causing a lot of excitement among clinicians keen to find a solution to help patients manage their symptoms and lead a better quality of life.

Senior Research Therapist, Dr Alison McGourty from Sussex Partnership Trust, said: “SlowMo is an app downloaded onto a mobile phone and patients participating in the trial are given a phone to use. Using SlowMo, we work with the person to identify their worries, and then help them find ways to slow down and take a moment when they notice their worries. The idea is that using the app to slow down and take another look at the situation, people can often realise that things aren’t as bad as they first feared or find other ways to manage their worries.

“The great thing about SlowMo is that with the app, it’s always there to remind you about the things that you’ve talked through with the therapist, and can be easily used whenever someone feels worried about others.
“Having worked as a psychologist with people who experience psychosis for over 10 years, this is a really exciting therapy to be involved with. It’s been carefully designed with service users to ensure that it’s easy to use as well as being helpful, and builds on decades of research by leading clinicians and academics in this field.”

Angie, who has been trying out SlowMo to help with her paranoid thoughts, explains: 

“I’ve had psychotic symptoms for many years. I’ve tried all sorts of different therapies, and medications. When I was introduced to SlowMo I found it was such a good idea, a simple idea all about slowing your thoughts down and thinking things through. It really helped and I can say it has really changed my life.  

“I don’t panic on the bus so much anymore and if I do, I look at the phone they gave me with the app on it. This has helped me to go out so much more socially. I used to think people were looking at me and talking about me but since using SlowMo I’ve managed to go out more, which is a really good thing. I do like people but the way my voices work made me think these things and made it difficult to go out.

“I’m not a technical person and when I saw the laptop come out of Alison’s bag I thought, ‘oh no!’ But, it really is very, very simple and with her patience it made me even want to do the keyboard myself. Even with the app on the phone, I did it! It was such an easy layout, it wasn’t complicated at all.”

The trial is funded by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) partnership and aims to find out whether using the SlowMo app will help reduce paranoia. 

Read more.

Last updated on 01 March 2018.

CQC rates Sussex Partnership 'good'

CQC rates Sussex Partnership 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation has been awarded an overall rating of ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and assessed ‘outstanding’ for being caring. This new rating follows an inspection of the Trust’s services in Autumn 2017. The organisation had previously been assessed as ‘requires improvement’ in September 2016.

Chief Executive Sam Allen said: “At Sussex Partnership, we value the CQC’s role in helping us improve care and treatment for the patients, families and local communities we serve. I’m delighted we have moved from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ because it reflects our passion for providing high quality patient care and working with carers, families and our partners to learn and improve. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in helping us do this.

“I am proud to be part of an organisation providing outstanding care. I am also proud to work alongside colleagues who come to work committed to helping people with their mental health and wellbeing and committed to the values of the NHS.”

Interim Chair Richard Bayley said: “All the work we have put into responding to the CQC’s feedback is about providing people who use our services with the best possible care, treatment and support. As a learning organisation, this work continues, because we want to do the best we possibly can for patients and families. I want to pay tribute to our staff. The fact they have been assessed as ‘outstanding’ for being caring is testament to the fantastic job they do.”

Read more.

Last updated on 02 February 2018.

A new purpose built ward for dementia patients opens in Hove

Brunswick Ward, which is run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is currently based at Lindridge care home in Hove. Brunswick Ward will move on 16 January to its new location at Mill View Hospital. This move enables staff to provide high quality care in a specially designed unit, purpose built to meet the needs of patients living with dementia. 

The new ward has been designed in collaboration with patients, carers and staff following guidelines from dementia studies specialists at the University of Stirling. 

Matron for Brunswick and Meridian Ward, Lauren D’Souza, said:  

‘It has been a privilege to be involved in this project from the start to the finish. This has been a real team effort; carers, patients and staff have all chosen furniture, colours of paint, curtains – everything! 

‘I am excited about the opportunity this move gives us to provide an even higher quality of care for our patients. We recognise the vital importance carers, friends and family play in our patients’ care and have a dedicated visitor room so they can spend time together as they would at home.

’The ward features a virtual fish tank to help patients relax as well as a virtual fireplace providing a cosy, homely addition to the ward while maintaining patient safety. The furnishings have all been chosen to make it as easy as possible for patients to adapt to their environment and feel comfortable. Heated skirting boards bring warmth without the risk of sharp radiator edges or burns risks to vulnerable patients.

Read more.

Last updated on 15 January 2018.

Sussex Partnership pledges to improve relationship with family and friend carers

Staff across Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have pledged to improve the way they work with carers of people with mental health issues.

They have made the commitment to mark Carers Rights Day on Friday 24 November, an annual event that highlights the work of unpaid family and friend carers across the country.

A carer is someone who cares unpaid for a family member or friend, who due to an illness, physical disability or mental health problem may not be able to cope with day to day life without support. Anyone can be a carer and it’s important that carers are also supported, as the responsibility of being a carer can be a strain mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. It is believed that one in four carers support someone with a mental health condition, and of the 1.5 million carers in the UK, 50,000 of them are young carers under the age of 18. 

Sussex Partnership which provides mental health services to adults across Sussex, and to children and young people across Sussex and Hampshire, has signed up to the Carers Trust’s ‘Triangle of Care’ programme.

Triangle of care asks NHS mental health trusts, and the people who work there, to make a commitment to change the way they communicate with, and include carers in decisions about the person they are supporting. Made up of six key standards, it focuses on keeping carers included, informed and supported when they are caring for an individual with mental health difficulties. 

According to figures released by Carers UK, every day there are 6,000 people who take on caring responsibilities, and it is expected that by the year 2037 there will be 9 million carers in the country. 

Sussex Partnership joins more than 30 other mental health providers in the country who have recognised the importance of supporting carers and listening to their views and experience. 

Jacqueline Clarke-Mapp, Carer Leader for Sussex Partnership said: “The Trust has made it clear that improving the way it engages with family and friend carers to improve patient care is a priority. The Triangle of Care is a great opportunity to measure through the lens of family and friend carers how we are doing this.

“Triangle of Care is more about improving our behaviours and living our values than it is about undertaking a task and finish exercise. Therefore the way we relate to and work and communicate with family and friend carers is crucial to our success.” 

Sam Allen, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership said: “The Triangle of Care is all about partnership, between professionals, family and friend carers and service users. 

“We as a trust have made a commitment to support improvements to the way that these groups work together and I am excited to see the positive benefits this will have on the services that we are able to provide for our service users and their loved ones.” 

To find out more about Triangle of Care at Sussex Partnership, go to, or for more information about Carers Rights Day go to

Last updated on 01 December 2017.

Local nurses star in new NHS recruitment video

Mental health nurses from across Sussex and Hampshire are starring in a new recruitment film for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

More than a dozen nurses speak about their roles in a four minute unscripted film set against the backdrop of some of Sussex and Hampshire’s most iconic landmarks and scenery.

It’s been made by a former service user of the Trust, which provides mental health services and learning disabilities services for all ages in Sussex as well as services for children and young people in Hampshire, in a bid to attract more nurses to come and work for the organisation.

Diane Hull, Chief Nurse at Sussex Partnership, said:  “We have made a real commitment to look after our nurses, to value them, nurture them and develop them along their careers with us.

“We are passionate about providing high quality compassionate patient care and services to all the people we serve and our team of dedicated nurses play a vital role in helping us achieve this.

“We want to recruit more nurses to join our team – if they are caring and passionate like we are – they will fit right in.

“There is nobody better to promote working at Sussex Partnership than our current nurses and we hope more people will be inspired by their stories and come and join us .”

The film, called Nursing at Sussex Partnership, features the stories of nurses who work in a variety of roles across Sussex and Hampshire, from caring for people admitted to hospital, to looking after people in the community and in secure settings. It’s been made by John Richardson, from Eastbourne, a former service user who now runs his own filmmaking company called This Is Mind Wick.

Nationally the NHS is facing a staffing crisis. Last year alone, Sussex Partnership spent £6million on agency fees to fill nursing vacancies.

In May, the Trust launched a national campaign to recruit 150 new nurses over the next 12 months and this new video supports that vision by allowing nurses to tell their own stories about why they do what they do.

Katy Stafford, Matron at Langley Green Hospital in Crawley said: “I feel honoured, privileged and energised to come to work each day – how lucky am I to be able to say that?.”

Kim Ballesteros, a staff nurse also based in Crawley, said: “People come to me and they ask me what I do and I tell them I’m a mental health nurse. They say to me ‘really? Are you not scared?’. It’s not something to be scared of. These people are human beings and what I do as a mental health nurse is a real honour.”

Aileen Coomber who has been nursing for more than 60 years and works at Shepherd House in Worthing, said: “For me, nursing is at the heart of me. It’s who I am.”
Aimed at both student and registered nurses from the local area and across the UK, Sussex Partnership has called its campaign #NotJustAJob, in recognition of the fact new nurses are supported to develop their careers and stay with the Trust after they join.

There are a range of nursing vacancies across the organisation. More information and current vacancies can be viewed at

Watch the video here.

Last updated on 06 November 2017.

Latest reviews of this organisation

Failure of service to even respond to urgent crisis of

Next of Kin and 2 PA's recently contacted the local mental health services concerned about a clients mental health wellbeing which has be...

10 March 2018

Great team

I have depression and was seen several times by crisis team. The whole Eastbourne Crisis team were good. Wanted to thank in particular dr...

22 February 2018

Fabulous emergency service: South East Coast Ambulance Servi

I would like to praise the exceptional care of a particular member of staff who attended an incident in Eastbourne, an emergency home vis...

12 February 2018

Chilling lack of knowledge, skills, insight and compassion

There are some exceptionally good people working in this mental health service. They will know who they are. One of the main problems...

12 February 2018

Let down again !!!!

Myself and my son made several complaints about his shameful treatment under Sussexpartnership. Had a meeting with PALS in October 201...

23 January 2018

Quality of service at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Registration with the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission regulates this organisation

Last updated on 01 March 2018.

Information supplied by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust