Public invited to help shape Better Health and Care for All in Sussex

People in Sussex are being invited to join the local NHS and partners to shape better health and care for all now and for the future.

A public roadshow of events, online meetings and community outreach starts this week to hear from, and listen to, people and local communities.

This opportunity comes as we prepare for the way health and care works to change on 01 July to help give local people what they need to live longer healthier lives.

In just two weeks, the new way of working will involve health and care organisations coming together as the Health and Care Assembly, a new NHS organisation called NHS Sussex and new partnerships of health and care organisations working locally.

This ‘Sussex Health and Care System’ will aim to:

  • Support people to live for longer in good health.
  • Make sure our disadvantaged communities get the care they need.
  • Improve people’s experience of using services.
  • Better support health and care staff.
  • Make better use of the resources available.

To support the launch of this new way of working, a series of in person and online events are planned across Sussex over the coming weeks for local people to share their views on health and care services.

The events will include information about the changes and the opportunity for people to share their recent experiences accessing and using of health and care services, to help improve services and provide better care for all.

 Allison Cannon, Chief Nursing Officer designate for NHS Sussex said:

“Health and care in Sussex is changing to better suit the needs of our local population, and with just two weeks to go before these changes take place it is really exciting to launch this roadshow and invite the public to come and meet with us to share their views and help shape local services.

“The experiences of people when they need health and care help and support will be fundamental to the way we work going forward and I hope that the range of events and activities over the coming weeks provides a way that suits everyone to get involved.

“It is only the first of this kind of work with local people and communities as NHS Sussex and Sussex Health and Care, and we are committed to working closely with our population to ensure that we are effectively planning and delivering better health and care for all.”

Three face-to-face events will showcase the changes in health and care in Sussex, the aims and priorities of the new NHS Sussex organisation and gather views and experiences from those attending. These events are taking place on:

  • Friday 1 July, between 1.30 and 4pm, Wickbourne Centre, Littlehampton
  • Tuesday 5 July, between 2.30pm and 4.45pm, Moulsecoomb Community Centre, Moulsecoomb, Brighton
  • Friday 8 July, between 9.30am and midday, Broomsgrove Community Centre, Hastings

People can book a free ticket through these Eventbrite links:

We are also holding three online events for those who may be less able to travel – again it will be an opportunity to hear from the NHS Sussex Chair, Stephen Lightfoot, and to ask questions of our expert panel on these same key areas and wider topics.

Register for a place at these events by emailing: sxccg.involvement@nhs.net or calling 0800 434545. The Microsoft Teams joining link will be emailed to you ahead of the event.

NHS teams will also be out and about in the community at the following times and locations to talk with people about the changes to the healthcare system, and gather insight on their experiences of health care.

  • Saturday 25 June, between 9am and midday at Newhaven Fish Festival, West Quay in Newhaven.
  • Saturday 25 June, between 9.30am and 4pm at EMMAUS Summer Fair, Drove Road in Portslade.
  • Sunday 26 June, between 11.00 and 16.00 on Seaford Promenade, outside Frankie’s Café in Seaford.
  • Thursday 30 June, between 9am and midday, at Rye Market in Rope Walk, Rye.
  • Saturday 9 July, between 11am and 2pm, Peacehaven Community Summer Fair.
  • Saturday 9 July, between 10am and 3pm, Fete in the Park, Petworth House.
  • Monday 11 July, between 10am and midday, Hellingly Young at Heart Coffee Morning, at Hellingly Community Hub, The Drive, Hellingly.
  • Wednesday 13 July, between 1pm and 4pm, Hailsham Leisure Centre.

Teams will also be attending pre-existing community and volunteer events.

Read more about the changes to health and care in Sussex from 01 July.