About us

About Sussex Community NHS Trust

short term care

Providing community care

We are the main provider of community NHS healthcare across Brighton and Hove and West Sussex, and the largest community healthcare provider in the South of England strategic health authority that stretches from Cornwall to Kent.

Our expert teams provide essential medical, nursing and therapeutic care to over 8,000 adults, children and families a day. From our health visitors looking after new born babies to our community practitioners (nurses and therapists) caring for the frail elderly, we look after some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. See the list of our services

Around 90 per cent of all patient contacts with the NHS happen in community settings or in primary care (mostly GP services). Around 1 million people live in the area we serve, and it is very likely that most of them will come into contact with our services in some way: as a patient, a carer or relative of a patient, or through a link with one of our staff members or volunteers. In this way what we do helps form the bedrock of the NHS, and we provide care that truly spans from ‘cradle to grave’.

People live their lives in the community. It’s generally where they want to stay if they are unwell, unless they require more specialist care or treatment. Our aim is to provide the right services to make this happen wherever possible, and to stay close to our patients even if they go into hospital so we can help them return to the community as quickly as possible.

Who we serve

The population of West Sussex is relatively older than the rest of England, so the need to care for an older population has a major influence on how we work, the services we deliver, and how we plan for the future.

Brighton and Hove has a population profile that is different when compared with the national picture, with relatively large numbers of younger people (20 to 44 years), and relatively fewer children and older people. At the same time it has relatively more people (particularly women) aged 85 years or over who are likely to need more services.

Life expectancy in the city is below the national average for men and just above for women, reflecting the fact that it is one of the most deprived areas in southeast England. Almost half of the population in the city is assessed as having current or future health needs linked to lifestyle, including sexual health, alcohol related illness, substance misuse, cancer, smoking, circulatory disease, mental health and suicide.