Sussex teams providing Care Closer to Home sweep the board at regional awards

Community services across Sussex have been praised for the innovative ways they help improve local people’s health.

This week, NHS England and NHS Improvement for the South East Region held the Care Closer to Home Celebration event to showcase the successes and challenges of developing community services.

There were four categories and services in Sussex won one and were highly commended runner ups in all of the four award categories:

  • Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Collaboration and Improvement
  • Innovation and Improvement
  • Transformation from a Digital perspective

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) won an award for their Hospital at home – supporting patients at home using health monitoring. The award was in recognition of their excellence and achievement in a partnership between SCFT and University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust for care for patients who were recovering from COVID-19.

The innovative approach meant patients recovering from COVID-19 could be safely discharged back to their own home and monitored remotely by the Hospital at Home team.

SCFT was also highly commended for its work on Enhanced health in care homes – care home matrons support in the community. Sara Bolton, Regional Chief AHP for NHSE/I said the Care Home Matron service was “a brilliant example of the right person, in the right place, at the right time, delivering the right care with the right outcomes”.

Kate Pilcher, Chief Operating Officer at SCFT, commented:

“I’d like to congratulate all those involved. This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams. We’re committed to providing the best possible care to our patients and their families and this award recognises that.”

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust was highly commended in three of the categories:

  • The Rehab, Restoration and Recovery forum were highly commended in recognition of their excellence and achievement in being an outstanding team for prevention and rehabilitation.
  • The Rapid Access Clinic for muscular conditions were highly commended in recognition of their excellence and achievement in being an outstanding team for innovation and improvement.
  • The acute access virtual clinic for patients attending Emergency Department with musculoskeletal conditions were highly commended in recognition of their excellence and achievement in being an outstanding team for digital transformation.

Abi Turner, Associate Director Community Health and Integrated Care said:

“I was absolutely delighted to hear that Community Health and Integrated Care Division at East Sussex Healthcare was awarded three of the eight awards for the South East in the recent Care Closer to Home Event. Not only demonstrating the innovation of our teams but also this is recognition of the outstanding efforts to think differently about how we can improve the care for our patients particularly through such challenging times. I am incredibly proud to work with such amazing teams.”

Pennie Ford, Executive Managing Director West Sussex, part of  Sussex Health and Care Partnership said:

“I’m delighted that the Sussex Rehabilitation Strategy, which was developed through the ESHT Rehab, Restoration and Recovery forum was recommended for adoption across the South East.  To be highly commended in three categories highlights the innovation and collaboration of our teams in driving quality improvements for patient care.”