Developing acute hospital services

Our acute hospitals provide emergency and urgent care, inpatient medical care and planned treatment for surgery, acute medical conditions or injuries. Our hard working hospital staff go above and beyond every day to ensure people living locally, across the region and beyond get the vital care and treatment they need.

Across Sussex, acute services have improved significantly over the last few years and need to continue to adapt and develop to meet the long term needs of patients and staff and allow services to stay sustainable. To make sure we plan and develop our services in a consistent way across Sussex we have an acute care collaborative which includes representation from all providers as well as enabling functions such as estates and digital. This collaborative works together to map current and future need, address collective challenges across Sussex or in individual areas and plan and develop transformation to ensure the services our population rely on are as good as they can be.

Acute services review

It is essential that our health and care system has safe, high quality, sustainable and well-connected acute services for our population in Sussex. We have high performing acute services, with highly skilled and committed staff, but we know that there is improvement and development needed to ensure they keep pace with the needs of our communities and the changing landscape of health and care.

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership has a vision to create better outcomes for everyone living in Sussex. In order to achieve that vision and improve health and care services, we need to constantly look at how innovation and new ways of working can better support people living and working in Sussex and all those using health and care services in Sussex.

To support the continued improvement of our acute hospitals, an information gathering exercise was carried out to look at how acute NHS Trusts in Sussex are working together and how this could be developed and improved; in particular in the context of COVID and other system pressures. The review was developed with information about how the system works currently and included interviews with clinicians and senior leaders. This work forms part of our thinking and development of wider pieces of work to further improve and strengthen our health and care system. This will involve engagement with the public, patients, clinicians and staff as necessary and if the review leads to any significant changes, this will be carried out in an open and transparent way.