Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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

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  • Sussex Partnership pledges to improve relationship with family and friend carers
  • Local nurses star in new NHS recruitment video
  • Help for people who hear voices with UK-first clinics
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.

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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.

Help for people who hear voices with UK-first clinics

Sussex Voices Clinic is a pioneering research clinic for patients who hear distressing voices to help them live their lives to the full, run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is the only one of its kind in the UK, and one of only four worldwide.

The Voices Clinic aims to make it easier for patients who are distressed by hearing voices to access evidence-based talking therapies, whilst continuing to improve the effectiveness of these therapies through research.

Patients receiving therapy at the clinic are given the opportunity to find out about and take part in research studies to help improve the quality of treatments available.

Dr Mark Hayward, Director of Research at Sussex Partnership started the Sussex Voices Clinic in June 2014 and more than 350 patients have so far been referred.

Mark said: “Having a voice telling you what to do and constantly criticising you can be very distressing, especially when this voice seems to be very powerful and knows everything about you. 

“Part of our therapy is to identify how people react to their voices. In the face of a threatening voice it makes sense for people to react instinctively by trying to get away from the voice or fight back. However, these ways of responding can sometimes make things worse, so we help people to respond in a more calm and thoughtful way – in a way that’s more likely to help.

“We can’t make voices go away and we are very clear about this with our patients at the start. What we can do is help people live well and improve their quality of life, even if voices are still around. The therapy sessions help people to make choices about how they respond and what they do with their time, rather than voices being in control.”

Sheila Evenden is a former patient at Sussex Voices Clinic, here’s Sheila’s story…

“Hearing voices is part of my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – I have tried various therapies in the past that haven’t worked. The voices therapy for me has been a life changing experience in a positive way because before I didn’t know what was going on.

“I could hear people I know talking to me. It was a constant dialogue that I didn’t understand. 

“Voices are with you from the moment you get up to the moment you go to sleep. They tell you to do things straight way, they threaten you. They tell you if you don’t do what they say something bad will happen.

“I had no idea what to expect when I started the therapy and by the second session Mark was able to bring out the best in me.

“Therapy taught me to relate to the voices and helped me understand it was part of my condition. 

“I can now enjoy socialising and can cope with other problems. Without the therapy I know I would have ended up in hospital. The outcome has proved therapy has worked for me and has given me quality of life. 

“I am 61 years old now and I know that if younger people going through the same or similar things as me can get this therapy, they would be far more productive in their lives.”

Read more here.

Last updated on 12 September 2017.

New allotments encourage green fingers at Langley Green

Langley Green Hospital has installed raised beds in each of the ward gardens to create allotments to help patients with their recovery, following a donation from Crawley Rotary Club. 

Langley Green Hospital supports people with mental health issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression and severe anxiety. 

The idea for the allotments came from one of the patients during a community meeting who suggested it would be great if they could grow their own vegetables at the hospital. 

Staff at the hospital thought it was a fantastic idea and carried out research to source some suitable raised beds. 

Steven Rowley, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist at the hospital, approached our charity, Heads On to see if they could help.

Heads On put Steven in touch with the Crawley Rotary Club to see if they would be able to support with funding the installation of small allotments in the ward gardens. The team were overwhelmed when Crawley Rotary Club very kindly agreed to donate a staggering £420 to help with the project. 

Patients and staff have been working together sewing vegetables and working each of the plots to keep them maintained.

The allotments have helped brighten up the gardens, allowed all patients to engage in something meaningful and helped provide a suitable distraction for patients who may be suffering from some quite severe symptoms of their mental illness. 

Mark Pattison, Clinical Lead Nurse Manager at Langley Green Hospital, said “As a service we try and develop individual’s skills so they are able to live the type of lives they choose in the community.

“Having allotments on each of our wards gives our service users the opportunity to learn new skills for when they are ready to return to their homes. It’s also great for our staff to be learning new skills too. I’d like to say a big thank you to our very impressive Occupational Therapy department for going above and beyond to make this happen.”

Feedback from both patients and staff has been really positive. One of the patients who regularly works on the allotment said “I really like the vegetable patch. One of the other patients and I take it in turns to water the plants.”

We would like to say a massive thank you to Heads On for their great advice and to Crawley Rotary Club for their kind donation.

Last updated on 01 August 2017.

Latest reviews of this organisation

Total lack of compassion

I suffer from BPD or as it's more kindly know, ' emotionally unstable personality disorder'. I was feeling suicidal and my Mother called ...

5 October 2017

Dermatology Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

Following PDT treatment at The Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath today Wednesday 6th September 2017, I would like to express compl...

6 September 2017

Same old rubbish, Same old let downs, Just a new CEO!!!!!

Same old rubbish, Same old let downs, Just a new CEO... My son and I had a meeting with his GP and psychiatrist in our GP surgery on t...

14 June 2017

Kind and thorough consultation

Very impressed with the recent consultation by the doctor with my husband and myself. We had met before in 2013/14 and requested a furt...

10 June 2017

Department of Psychiatry, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

My husband has been an in- patient on the male ward on and off for 17 years. There have been many changes over this time; some good, som...

13 May 2017

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Last updated on 01 December 2017.

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