We want to provide the best possible care, with the best possible outcomes, to everyone who uses our services.
To support our work we have developed Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs), which bring together experts by experience, clinicians and researchers to ensure that the treatment we provide is based on evidence and is as effective as possible.
There are eight CAGS that cover all services we provide:
A core group for each CAG meets monthly and includes service users, carers, families, researchers and clinicians. Each group also has a 'community of interest' which anyone can join to keep up to date with what's going on, and everyone is welcome to share their views and experiences.
Each group has, or will, develop a 'Menu of Care and Interventions', which sets out the main treatments and therapies that might be offered for particular conditions, depending on individual circumstances and preferences.
The Forensic CAG aims to identify and integrate research and best practice into our local service delivery, in order to improve the care and treatment for people who use our forensic healthcare services.
We work with clinical services, research and development, education and training and service user and carer representatives. Our core group of members comprises staff from all clinical professions as well as experts by experience, including service user and carer representatives and peer workers employed by Sussex Partnership. In addition, everyone who has experience of the forensic healthcare service is a part of our community of interest.
We are a service-led group which allows us to receive feedback from service users who have had first-hand experience of our forensic healthcare service, which we’ve found very effective.
We are currently running three projects:
Menu of Care and Interventions
We have conducted a comprehensive needs assessment across all our forensic services in order to identify the type and level of needs among our patient population and to guide the delivery of care as well as training and education planning.
We have also comprehensively reviewed the current research literature and best practice guidance in order to inform the development of our Menu of Care and Interventions.
The first version of the Forensic Clinical Academic Group Menu of care and Interventions was signed-off by the Effective Care and Treatment Committee (ECAT) in February 2018.
The Menu of Care and Interventions lists the full range of treatments/interventions which may be available to forensic service users, and their carers, if deemed appropriate to their needs. These interventions are evidence-based for specific identified needs and supported by research evidence which is discussed and referenced in the full menu document.
We work closely with staff, service users, carers and researchers to help develop our psychosis services.
We combine service delivery with education and research, in partnership with our colleagues at Brighton University, Surrey University, Sussex University and the Sussex Psychosis Research Interest Group.
Our group includes representatives from services across Sussex Partnership, including different staff groups, experts through experience and carers.
Our priorities have been selected based on the needs of our local psychosis population, the outcomes of recent service audits and evaluations, and recent research evidence.
We developed the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Clinical Model and Care Pathway which underpins our work.
We're currently working on:
Core standards for people with psychosis and their carers
Developing an optimum care pathway for people with complex needs.
We have developed a menu of care and interventions, which sets out the main treatments that may be offered to people experiencing psychosis.
Social and occupational outcomes for our service users
We also support research in a range of other areas such as therapies to improve memory and thinking skills, and physical health, studies to understand the best approaches to medication use, and interventions to support carers and families of our service users.
Most of our research is funded by grants which we have secured from the Department of Health and other funding bodies.
We hold regular seminars that are open to the public, and we support clinics, such as the voices clinic, which help us to put research into practice. For more details see Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG)
Get involved with research
By signing up to the Research Network, you can find out more about our studies and receive regular newsletters and information. In addition, the service user research forum and lived experience advisory forum are our two research consultation groups, open to people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information about getting involved with research please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The care and interventions we recommend are being been developed with people who have lived experience of mood and anxiety conditions and/or are caring for people experiencing these conditions.
We work with nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, occupational therapists and psychiatrists. Our care and interventions include:
Many people we work with will experience more than one form of difficulty and in many cases there will not be a straightforward fit between a person’s needs and a single mental health condition. Our aim is to fit a range of appropriate interventions to the person, following a comprehensive assessment, identification of presenting difficulties and formulation. Care planning is vital to ensure that needs are appropriately addressed in order toprovide continuity of care and an appropriate individualised care pathway.
What we've done so far
We have finalised the first version of the Depression Menu of Care and Interventions. We're currently working with our teams in Brighton and Hove to audit our assessment and treatment service provision and plan the best way to offer support, training and supervision so the interventions can be put into practice.
We aim to find the best fit between NICE-consistent, evidence-based care and interventions and our services so that this works well for everyone– service users, carers and staff.
We bring together the development of specialist clinical services for people who have complex conditions and needs. Our vision is to build an integrated service which enables people to receive the care they need.
Our aims are for:
People to access support and care matched to their needs
Care to be delivered in a timely fashion
Services to have properly trained staff to assess and deliver this care.
Over the next four years we will:
Secure membership and participation
Review care pathways across complex care services
Audit existing skills and staff training.
Our group membership includes:
Representation across all clinical and professional disciplines, including service users and carers and across geographical locations
Key stakeholder role and expertise– includes service user representative, carer representative, senior operations manager, pharmacy, research and development, academic partners (universities) and education and training
Provision of specialist clinical services - clinical leads or nominated deputy within clinical health psychology, including neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology, eating disorders, personality disorders, perinatal mental health, complex trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, substance misuse and liaison psychiatry.
Summary of deliverable outcomes:
Consolidated CAG membership, bringing together leadership and expertise for delivery of evidence-based complex care
Engaged service user and carer community with open communication to clinicians, academics and delivery services
Promotion of excellence to stakeholders within and beyond Sussex Partnership through development and coordination of communities of practice
Enriched experiences of undergraduate interns and trainees into health services and strategic discussion regarding complex care provision and service quality initiatives
Shared ownership in strategic decisions and priority setting providing accountability to stakeholders and the public to secure excellence
Enhanced care pathway for personality disorder and across specialist complex care groups
Audit documents relating to skill sets, training opportunities for complex care services.