Supporting the system

In order for health and care to work better together there are some really important underpinning pieces of work that can support us to help that happen. These enabling functions allow us to work better and smarter across the system.


We know that digital plays an important part of many people’s everyday lives and with this critical role its opportunities and challenges have become even clearer during the pandemic. Many of us have been using video and apps to keep connected to friends and loved ones, for work, entertainment and as a lifeline for essentials like shopping and connecting with those who care for us.

In Sussex our ambition is to keep improving our digital health and care services, giving you and those who care for you the tools, information and services you all need;

  • From making sure there are digital ways for you to see or connect with the people involved in your care;
  • to ensuring you each have the information you need to help you stay healthy or manage your conditions or treatment using tools like a personal health record;
  • through to using data to help us all understand and learn how to make our services the best they can be for all our population.

We recognise there are amazing opportunities using technology and data to design with you a better way of supporting each other; but there are also key challenges, to make sure we respect your privacy and help reduce inequality not make it worse.

Our ambition is to seize these opportunities with you to safely and equitably redesign our health and care, opening up the best in digital for those who most need its support.

We are doing this by

  • Supporting all our partner organisations to improve their technology and supporting the staff who support you across Sussex.
  • Supporting you with the technology and digital services you need
  • Connecting up information across our health and care services, so the service and support you receive is as connected as you should expect
  • Joining up data to help understand the evidence, learning and plan our services to make them as good as they can be for our population


A key part of making sure the care we deliver is in the right place for our growing and changing population. Our estates strategy will set out where demand and need for care is and what requirements there are to make sure it meets those needs.

We need to manage and maintain the estate we jointly use across health and social care and ensure it is fit both for now, and for the future. By working in a truly integrated way we can start to map what people need, to the care and treatment required, to the facilities and estate needed to deliver that, rather than trying to put people into the right boxes for the buildings we have.

If we can look across the system at how people come into contact with services, when they need help and who is best placed to deliver it, then we will have a sustainable health and care service that is fit for now and for the way out population is growing and changing.


Without the incredible staff we have working in health and care in Sussex none of the ambitions or aims we have would be able to become a reality. Our staff work tirelessly to keep people safe and well and treat them when they are ill. We know that if we don’t continue to look after and nurture the workforce across our system and continue attract and retain new staff, we will not succeed.

Significant focus is being given to health and care staff following a year of extreme pressure and demand in the face of COVID-19. In Sussex, it is recognised that the system is only as good as the people working within it and it is vital there is a system-wide, focused strategy that helps support them.

In order to do this we have agreed priorities to allow us to focus on staff across the system and underpin everything we are doing to develop health and care in Sussex for the benefit of everyone who relies on our services.

The priorities are:

  • Looking after our people;
  • Embedding inclusion and equality of opportunity;
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining our people; and
  • Leading and managing our people

About us

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is a collaboration of health and care organisations across Sussex with the aim of improving population health outcomes and reducing inequalities for local populations. We serve a population of more than 1.6 million people and work in partnership across Sussex, as well as across our “places” of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex.

Our ambition is to bring more integrated and joined-up services to our populations to ensure people are receiving the best possible experience and are better supported to maintain their health throughout their lives.

We work together on agreed programmes of work to coordinate, transform and plan health and care in a more collaborative and effective way and our decision-making and accountabilities remain through the statutory bodies of our partnership organisations.