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:

  • Langley Green becomes first mental health hospital to receive award for offering improved support to LGBTQ community
  • Sussex residents urged to talk about how they’re feeling this World Suicide Prevention Day
  • Sussex Mental Health Trust rated top for research
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

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.

Film shines a light on mental health research in Sussex

A new film that shines a light on mental health research has been created by students from the University of Sussex.

‘Research: It’s everyone’s business’ features staff and service users from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust talking about the variety of research projects available for people to participate in and the impact research can have on shaping local mental health services.

Sussex Partnership provides mental health, learning disability and prison health care across south east England and is one of the country’s most active mental health trusts for research.

Students Lily Beresford, Nikoline Gjoertz, Madeleine Rose Lott and Wei-Hsuan Chen,are all studying for a Masters in Filmmaking at the University of Sussex. They worked with Sussex Partnership’s research team and clinicians, as well as service users and carers, to gather stories that highlight how research helps to improve treatment of mental health illnesses and encourage people to take part in research.

The studies cover all areas of mental health, including psychosis, dementia, links between brain and body and mood and anxiety. In the film, Dr Mark Hayward, Sussex Partnership’s Director of Research, explains: “The purpose of our research department is to help people learn. We use systematic methods so we can be really confident about what we’re learning. Of course, what we’ve got to learn about is how to understand mental health problems and how better to treat mental health problems because we want to improve the quality of our services and improve and enhance the experience for our service users.”

The film includes reflections from people who have taken part in research studies, including Bryan Goodenough, who was part of the award-winning Time for Dementia study with his wife, who was living with the illness. The study paired families where someone has a dementia diagnosis with medical students to help them learn more about what it’s like to live with the illness.

Student Lily Beresford, who was part of the filmmaking team from the University of Sussex, says: “When we were asked to make a film we thought it would be good to get involved to find out how the NHS works and we took it from there. We were happy to give our time for free and fit the film around our studies as we want to support the NHS. None of us knew about research before we started working with Sussex Partnership and now we want to know how we can get involved. I’ve really enjoyed it – it’s been insightful as well as fun!”

The film will have its official premiere at a special tea party on Thursday 5 July to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday. It will take place at the Sussex Education Centre, Nevill Avenue, Hove from 2pm-4pm and everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about research. 

For more information about research at Sussex Partnership call 0300 304 0088 or email askaboutresearch@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk. There are always studies looking for participants and plenty of opportunities to get involved. 

The film is available on the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust YouTube channel.

Last updated on 12 July 2018.

Telepsychiatry - innovative technology to help people with mental health conditions in their recovery

Staff testing out telepsychiatry

A mental health crisis team in East Sussex is piloting a new system which offers Skype calls to patients so they can keep in touch from home or a place that is convenient to them.

The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team, based at the Woodlands Centre for Acute Care in Hastings is part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and offers support and intensive treatment to people in their own home to help them in their recovery and to avoid them being admitted to hospital. 

The team of mental health nurses and medics will be offering telepsychiatry in addition to existing face-to-face appointments for patients who either can’t travel or who find it hard to get to appointments due to other commitments.

Tracy Albrow, Service Manager for Urgent Care Services in Hastings, said: “Sometimes people who use our service don’t engage with despite needing that extra support because they have other commitments, such as family or work commitments. Telepsychiatry will enable us to work around those commitments and open up another way for people to receive help and support when it suits them.

“It will mean we can see more people and see them faster. We are also hoping that this pilot will improve engagement with carers and families who may not live close but will now still be able to be part of their loved one’s care.”

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Last updated on 01 June 2018.

Latest reviews of this organisation

Department of Psychiatry - Degrading & Humiliating Care

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

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

Parking stitch up

I receive a text from the hospital reminding me of my appointment suggesting I would cost the NHS £160 if I miss it....................

25 May 2018

Last updated on 19 October 2018.

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