Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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

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  • Film shines a light on mental health research in Sussex
  • Telepsychiatry - innovative technology to help people with mental health conditions in their recovery
  • Year of Drawing artwork displayed at Southampton City Art Gallery
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

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 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.

Year of Drawing artwork displayed at Southampton City Art Gallery

Year of Drawling artwork being created

Artworks created by local people at public drawing events are on display at an exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery.

The exhibition includes artwork which has been created at public drawing events as part of the Year of Drawing project.

Year of Drawing is a year-long site specific drawing project to help increase access to the arts for people who are facing mental health challenges in Sussex and Hampshire. The project is made up of public drawing workshops, pop up studios in NHS mental health settings, and a series of drawing-based Recovery College courses.

Led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s charity Heads On, the project is part of Make Your Mark, Sussex Partnership's arts and health programme. The Year of Drawing is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and grants from Chalk Cliff Trust, John Horniman’s Children’s Trust, Dixie Rose Findlay Charitable Trust and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

Southampton City Art Gallery is a cultural partner of Make Your Mark’s Year of Drawing, and this unique art exhibition will focus on mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.

Liza Morgan, Senior Learning Officer for Southampton Arts and Heritage, said: “We were delighted when we were approached to be a partner of the Year of Drawing.

“For us young people not only being able to engage with the arts, but also utilise its power as a creative tool of expression, is so important. Art can give children a voice through which to express the emotions that are often so difficult to convey in words. The exhibition is inspiring for our visitors both young and old.” 

Since launching in October 2017, the Year of Drawing project has held public drawing events throughout Sussex and Hampshire.

Last updated on 01 May 2018.

Get involved in the Great Big Bunting Off and help us break a Guinness World Record!

Join our Great Big Bunting Off

Have you ever wanted to break a Guinness World Record? Then why not help local mental health services break the record for the longest string of bunting, whilst also raising awareness of body image and self-esteem?

The Guinness World Record attempt for the longest string of bunting is coming to the south this summer and everyone can get involved by making triangles of bunting, which will be strung together in an attempt to break the record which currently stands at 11 miles.

It is part of the ‘Everybody’ campaign run by Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), a service which is provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It aims to celebrate and embrace everyone’s unique characteristics, traits and personalities, teaching children and young people about body image and self-esteem.

Anyone can take part by designing and decorating a section of bunting, showing their personal expression through illustration and ideas. Bunting can be made from anything, although fabric is preferable, and can be decorated with any material available, such as paint or glitter.

Each triangle of bunting needs to be 19cm wide and 25cm long. If making multiple triangles and stringing them together they must be 5cm apart. 

All bunting must be received by Friday 25 May 2018 and should be sent to: is to be sent to: Helen Dove, Hampshire CAMHS, Avalon House, Chesil Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0HU.

Full details are available in our factsheet.

Last updated on 03 April 2018.

Innovative digital therapy helping patients with paranoia in Sussex

Angie, who has been trying out SlowMo

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. 

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Last updated on 01 March 2018.

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

CQC rates Sussex Partnership 'good'

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.”

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Last updated on 02 February 2018.

Latest reviews of this organisation

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

DOP Eastbourne - Amberley Ward

All the other hospitals I've been to in Sussex have their own rooms, bathrooms and wifi. It's a basic nessitiy. Up all night next to loud...

13 May 2018

cautionary tale!

For your information, I am coming up to 68 years of age and I have never had and still have no problems with my mental health! I went to ...

5 May 2018

No child psychiatrist

Worthing camhs is not for purpose. There is no child psychiatrist available at all. The Trust depends on a nurse and a pharmacist to tr...

1 May 2018

How difficult can it be?

Having a long term history of ADHD and depression it is concerning that the reponse time from consultation though to dispensing of medica...

23 April 2018

Last updated on 12 July 2018.

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