The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is a collaboration of health and care organisations across Sussex.
Our aim is to improve the health of the populations we serve and ensure organisations are working in the most effective and joined-up way. We work in partnership across Sussex, as well as across our ‘places’ of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex.
We have an agreed vision for the future – Sussex 2025: Our vision for a healthier future – that sets out where we want to be as a health and care system in the future.
It is a vision where people live for longer in good health; where the gap in healthy life expectancy between people living in the most and least disadvantaged communities will be reduced; where people’s experiences of using services will be better and where staff feel supported and work in a way that makes the most of their dedication, skills and professionalism. It is a vision where the cost of health and care will be affordable and sustainable in the long term.
Over the last few years, we have made huge strides in our journey towards our vision. A significant amount of work has taken place behind the day-today frontline delivery of services to focus on how we can develop a health and care system that enables our organisations to work in a more joined-up and collaborative way for the benefit of our populations.
Our organisations have been working as an Integrated Care System (ICS) since 2020, which formalised some of the strong partnership working that has been taking place over the last few years. The ICS is currently not a statutory body and represents a collaboration across the local NHS, local authorities and wider partners.
Nationally, changes are being made to how ICSs work and these will further formalise joined-up working and improve how health and care organisations plan, co-ordinate and deliver services for populations.