Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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

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  • Families living with dementia wanted for pioneering dementia programme for trainee healthcare professionals
  • Multimillion pound digital investment will benefit NHS patients in Sussex and Hampshire
  • Calling all canine lovers
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

Families living with dementia wanted for pioneering dementia programme for trainee healthcare professionals

The ground-breaking, award winning Time for Dementia programme, launched in 2014, is appealing for families affected by dementia from Sussex and across the south east to participate. The programme has been helping train the healthcare professionals of tomorrow to improve the way that people with dementia are cared for by health services. 

Time for Dementia is the first programme of its kind in the world. Since launching, over 1,200 Families living with dementia in Sussex, Surrey and Kent have taken part, helping train 2,600 student healthcare professionals, including medical, nursing, paramedic and allied health professionals (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography and speech and language therapy) students. 

Working in pairs, the students spend regular time with families affected by dementia over a two year period. Students visit a family three or four times a year for up to two hours. The visits improve knowledge, attitudes and empathy towards people with dementia and their carers, increasing understanding and having a long term impact on the way these medical professionals provide care. 

The programme is being delivered by Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Surrey, University of Brighton, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and the local NHS Trusts, including Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It is funded by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex which is part of Health Education England, the body that funds undergraduate training of healthcare professionals.

Dr Stephanie Daley, Clinical Research Fellow at the Centre for Dementia Studies, who leads the Time for Dementia project said: “Time for Dementia has been ground-breaking in both its aims and its results. By giving healthcare students the opportunity to spend time with families affected by dementia, we have challenged their assumptions, improved their skills, highlighted the importance of family and encouraged them to consider how they might need to adapt the way they provide care. We will follow our students into practice to monitor real world impacts of the programme.

“To continue delivering the programme, we are constantly looking for families to take part. This Dementia Action Week, we’re appealing for families across the south east to find out what’s involved and sign up if they feel able to.”

Evaluation results have shown statistically significant improvements in dementia knowledge and attitudes. Additionally, three key themes have been identified from the evaluation, improved insight and understanding, challenging pre-existing negative attitudes and assumptions, and enhanced dementia practice. Families (people with dementia and their carers) also report value from taking part in the programme.

The programme is keen to recruit more families to participate. Families in Surrey, Kent and Sussex interested in taking part in the programme can email or phone 07713 779582 or sign up on via Join Dementia Research on Follow us on Twitter: @Time4Dementia

The theme of Dementia Action Week 2019 is inclusion and we are all being asked to start a conversation with someone living with dementia. For Dementia Action Week 2019 perhaps you could start a conversation about getting involved with Time For Dementia? 

Based on the success of the programme, work has recently started on another world first sister programme, Time for Autism, which will start at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2020. Operating in a similar way, students will visit families with children with autism spectrum disorders.

Last updated on 03 June 2019.

Multimillion pound digital investment will benefit NHS patients in Sussex and Hampshire

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £3m from NHS Digital as part of a national programme to help improve patient care using digital technology.

The £3m funding, awarded as part of Global Digital Exemplar programme, will be paid over three years and has been matched with equal funding from Sussex Partnership. Sussex Partnership will be working closely with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to learn and to share experiences with the wider NHS.
The funds will be used to:

  • Use technology to improve patient experience, such as self-management apps and video consultations
  • Develop ways to securely share information with partner organisations to improve the way care is provided
  • Further improve Sussex Partnership’s electronic patient information system (Carenotes)
  • Improve the way clinical information is used and made available to staff to help plan, manage and improve clinical services.

Sam Allen, CEO of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We want to make best use of digital technology to help us improve patient, family and staff experience. We need to be bold, creative and focused about how we harness this potential to transform our services in support of patient care. We are looking forward to learning and sharing digital improvements with Oxford Health and other NHS partners.”

Stuart Bell, CBE, CEO of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said: “Increasingly healthcare is something that we do together and good technology creates a space where people and clinicians can share, understand and manage care more effectively. So we are very pleased to be part of the GDE programme and to support this initiative with our partners.”

Beth Lawton, Chief Digital Information Officer at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “NHS IT projects have sometimes become bogged down in the past by being too big, cumbersome and complex. Our ambition is to be nimble, effective, driven by patient need and clinical expertise.”  

Last updated on 22 May 2019.

Calling all canine lovers

Mo - Woof for Wards Supporter

Can your pooch help us walk, jog or run our way to raising £20,000 for NHS mental health and learning disability services?

Dog owners across Sussex are being asked to support the first ever local NHS Woof for Wards – a sponsored 5km or 10km walk, jog or run.

Organised by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s official Charity Heads On, Woof for Wards is a new take on its annual Walk for Wards event which sees hundreds of people sign up to either run, walk or jog a sponsored 5km or 10km, raising tens of thousands of pounds for local NHS mental health and learning disability services.

This year the Trust is opening up the event to dogs as well as human to create Woof for Wards 2019.
Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Glynde Estate in East Sussex on Saturday, 18 May, it’s thought this is the first ever local NHS sponsored dog walk. The event hopes to raise £20,000 for local mental health and learning disability services.

But you don’t have to have a dog to register to take part – everyone is welcome! 

People can sign up at here.

Sarah Walker, Heads On Fundraising Officer, said: “Our annual Walk for Wards event is a great family day out, with registration fees just £10 for an adult, £5 for a child or £25 for a group of two adults and two children and this year we’re delighted to be able to do Woof for Wards as well.

“If you’ve got a dog, they’re going to need a walk, so why not combine the two by giving them a great stroll out in a beautiful part of the county whilst raising some money for your local NHS mental health services as well? You can actually choose which ward or service you want to fundraise for and help us reach our £20,000 target.

Sarah added: “At Heads On we do everything we can to make things better for the people who come to Sussex Partnership for help, by providing funding for special projects, patient and family support, pioneering research and the transformation of local mental health hospitals into more comfortable and welcoming environments. Money raised from this event really does make all the difference to people. Last year’s event funded projects including refurbishment of family rooms, art therapy sessions, a Heads On mural project and hospital garden makeovers.”

All entrants receive a fabulous Heads On purple t-shirt, a medal, tea/coffee/soft drink and cake at the end and an all-important fundraising pack.

Sam Allen, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will be there on the day with her dog Lola and added: “It is always wonderful to see people who use our services, our staff and the communities we serve come together for our annual Walk for Wards event. This year I’m even more excited that we can offer Woof for Wards as well. We now have so many therapy dogs on our wards supporting our patients and service users as they recover so I’m delighted they and all other dog owners can join us.

“The sponsorship money raised by everyone who takes part in the event is used to make a real difference to the lives of our patients, their families and their carers, day in and day out.”

The 2019 Walk and Woof for Wards event:

Date: Saturday 18 May 2019

Time: 10:30am (check in 9 - 10am)
Venue: Glynde Estates, Glynde, East Sussex, BN8 6SX

Sign up here or by call 07469 351 456. 

For more information about Heads on visit

Please note: All dogs on the day must be walked on a lead and all dog mess picked up by owners. 

Last updated on 01 March 2019.

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Last updated on 03 June 2019.

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