The Sussex People’s Panel was established in late 2019 by the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to provide a new and exciting way to help us gather insight, views and experiences from our local population on health and care services.

Funded by NHS England, the People’s Panel is being led by the CCGs on behalf of the Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

It is made up of more than 1100 residents from across Sussex who are representative of the local population, including people of varying age, gender, geographical area within Sussex, ethnicity, socio-economic status, mental health conditions, and disabilities.

The People’s Panel will enable us to increase our reach to people who would not normally take part in our traditional engagement work, with a greater focus on hearing from people from our seldom heard communities, such as younger people, the BAME community and LGBTQ+ community.

An online survey on a topic or service from within the Sussex Health and Care Partnership is going to be sent to participants approximately every 2 months, starting with our first survey which was launched in December 2019.

Reports on collated feedback and findings will be produced following each survey, the results from which will help shape and inform local services across Sussex.

Reports and findings are listed below.

Sign up to become a Sussex People’s Panel member

If you would like to be involved in the Sussex People’s Panel and help shape local health and care services across Sussex, please fill in a short application form to become a member.

Sussex People’s Panel Steering Group

In April 2019, a steering group for the Sussex People’s Panel was established, comprising of CCG Patient and Public Engagement staff, CCG Lay Member for Patient and Public Participation, Healthwatch, Public Health and local authority colleagues.

The steering group will continue to meet every two months now that the panel has launched, to decide on topics, themes, reporting styles, messaging to be sent to the panel members and help guide the project in the right direction of travel, ensuring it is representative of the Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

The papers from the steering group meetings are below:

Findings and reports

The Sussex People’s Panel’s first survey, entitled ‘How do you best look after you’ focussed on self-care, which is about helping people to understand how to better take care of their own physical health and mental wellbeing confidently, and to know where and when to go for help and advice should they need it.

Panel members, through an online survey, were asked about their experience of accessing services when they need them, how people look after their own physical and/or mental health and wellbeing and how people access information to support their own health and wellbeing. The summary and full reports are below:

Contact information

The panel will help to ensure we can regularly seek the views of a representative sample of Sussex residents on local health and care issues, and in our planning.  The People’s Panel complements and expands many other Sussex-wide patient involvement and engagement methods and groups within the CCG’s activity locally.

For further information, please contact Lilly Kennard, CCG Public Involvement Manager at