The NHS and local councils have come together in 44 areas across England to develop proposals to improve health and care. They have formed new partnerships – known as Integrated Care Systems – to plan jointly for the next few years.
The Sussex Health and Care Partnership brings together 21 organisations all working together to meet the changing needs of all the people who live in our area. We want to offer better health, better care and to ensure we make the most efficient use of our resources.
Mental health is one of the priorities of our Integrated Care System (ICS). Work in this area is being led by a Mental Health Collaborative chaired by our CEO Sam Allen and involving a wide range of partners. You can find out more about the work of the Collaborative in this podcast. See below for a link to one of the big pieces of work current underway: our mental health and housing strategy.
In 2017, our Sustainability and Transformation Partnership commissioned a review of how mental health services are planned, commissioned, funded and delivered in our area.
The aim was to help determine how the voluntary sector, local authorities and NHS can work better together to meet the needs of the patients, carers, families and local communities we serve.
The review was carried out with the involvement of all partners and involved clinicians, patients and carers. It is the most detailed analysis of the current picture of local mental health services that we have ever undertaken, and it lays bare the scale of challenge that we face.
The outcomes experienced by local people with mental health problems are often poor. Crisis care, in particular, could be much better. There are strong arguments for increasing the funding available for mental health services and for using the resources that are available more effectively.
The review also identified a wide range of opportunities for addressing these challenges and for making real improvements to services and wellbeing for local people. Warm words about mental health are not enough. This review highlights the need for real changes in the ways that mental health services are commissioned and provided and working together in partnership through the ICS offers us the best chance to achieve this.
We are working with our partners on how we use this review to shape the future of mental health services in our area. This will include decisions on where investment is needed and where services need to change or be developed. We will want to have a much broader conversation about these issues with patients, carers and others with an interest in mental health.
Find out more by reading the FAQs below and see the results of research that shows people with mental health problems in Sussex and East Surrey live up to 20 years less than the general population here.