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:

  • Local doctors star in new NHS recruitment film
  • New funding will continue to provide specialist mental health support to people in Sussex who become involved with the criminal justice system
  • Single use plastic products phased out at Sussex Partnership
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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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

Local doctors star in new NHS recruitment film

Psychiatrists from across Sussex and Hampshire are taking centre stage in a new recruitment campaign aimed at attracting more doctors to the south coast.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to people of all ages in Sussex, and to children and young people in Hampshire, is launching a drive to attract consultant psychiatrists to the area in a bid to establish consistent, stable teams providing high quality care for the people who use our services.

At the heart of the campaign is a short film called ‘Why chose psychiatry at Sussex Partnership?, which features established consultant psychiatrists and junior doctors sharing their experiences of what it’s like to live and work in the region. You can watch the film here.

Sussex Partnership’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rick Fraser, who also features in the film, said: “Our message is that, if you come and work with us, we will support you to be the best doctor that you can be. We will give you the opportunities you need to develop your career and pursue the specialist areas that interest you. We will create the right job for you. 

“And, perhaps just as importantly, we will help you find that vital work-life balance that is so often lacking. Yes, our services are in demand like never before, but the mental health and wellbeing of our staff is important and you will have a network of people around you to offer advice and support every step of the way. 

“It’s a really exciting time to be a psychiatrist; it’s a fascinating area of medicine and the opportunities to make a real difference to people’s mental health and wellbeing have never been greater. At Sussex Partnership we have strong links to local universities and the medical school. Our clinicians are actively encouraged to get involved in the world-class, cutting edge research that is helping us to further our knowledge of mental health conditions and their effective treatment.  

“Our aim is to provide people with outstanding care and treatment they can be confident in, and our team of psychiatrists is integral to making this happen. If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, please give me a call - I’d be more than happy to show you around.”

Nationally the NHS is facing a staffing crisis, with a shortage of staff, including psychiatrists across the country. Sussex Partnership, like other Trusts, has to rely on agency workers to fill the gap. Efforts to reduce the spend on agency staff, which included a campaign to recruit 150 new nurses, has so far decreased the monthly bill for agency staff from £1 million to around £500,000. The new campaign focused on doctors aims to help take that figure even lower.  

Talking about psychiatry and his role working with the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Hampshire, Dr Nishchint Warikoo, Lead Psychiatrist, said: “The bigger the challenge, the bigger the sense of satisfaction once you have achieved something positive for the young person you’re working with. At times I’ve had ideas that I think will make things better for young people, and I’ve always been supported to bring those ideas to work and use them. I have always felt supported here.”

Dr Alice Brooke, a Psychiatry Registrar based in Brighton, said: “Seeing someone recovering and improving, and the impact that it has on their life, and their family, is what motivates me. I can’t think of anything else that I’d rather do.”

Dr Rhodri David, Consultant Psychiatrist for a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Crawley, said: “The Trust has very strong links with Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I’ve got a big interest in education. That’s something I brought with me here and it’s being encouraged and developed.”

For more information visit www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/doctors 

Last updated on 01 February 2019.

New funding will continue to provide specialist mental health support to people in Sussex who become involved with the criminal justice system

A service which offers support to vulnerable people experiencing mental health problems who have become involved with the criminal justice system will continue run in Sussex. 

The Police and Court Liaison and Diversion Service (PCLDS), offers mental health assessments to people of all ages who are involved within the criminal justice system and thought to have mental health problems or a vulnerability.

It has been confirmed this  month by NHS England that Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will continue to provide the PCLDS across Sussex, as it has done since it launched in 2014. 

The service, which is comprised of health professionals from various backgrounds, including nursing, occupational therapy, learning disability and speech and language therapy, operates seven days a week from 8am until 8pm on a priority basis across all custody suites in Sussex. They also offer support in Magistrates and Crown Court.

Karen Friel, General Manager for Forensic Healthcare Services at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so pleased to have been successful in our application to be able to continue to offer this service, and look forward to working in close partnership with our NHS England commissioner and partner agency colleagues.

“With this new funding we will be able to continue to focus on improving the health and justice outcomes for adults and young people who come into contact with the youth and criminal justice system, where there are a range of complex needs identified as factors in their offending behaviour.”

First launched in 2014 as one of 10 national pilots, the PCLDS in Sussex work closely with their partner organisations including Sussex Police, Probation Services and Criminal Courts.

Sarah Gates OBE, the force's mental health liaison officer, said: "The Police Court Liaison and Diversion Service is invaluable in our custody centres. 
"For people suspected of committing criminal offences, it is essential that relevant information about their mental health and wellbeing is identified at the earliest opportunity and shared with the partner agencies involved.  

"A journey through the criminal justice system can have many different outcomes. Whatever the outcome, justice is best served when information is made available in a timely manner. Before PCLDS this type of information either wasn’t available or would take weeks to obtain. 

"We are delighted to be working with the mental health professionals from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust."

Last updated on 02 January 2019.

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.

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I am a patient at the Bedale Centre and have not had a care co-ordintor for OVER 9 MONTHS. This is my point of contact at the centre, and...

13 February 2019

Arbitrary detention

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23 November 2018

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I was admitted on a 24 hour Section 136, after an attempt on taking my life. I had to wait 17 hours with the police in the General Hospit...

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

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16 August 2018

Last updated on 01 February 2019.

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