About Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

We are the main provider of community NHS health and care across West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and High Weald Lewes Havens area of East Sussex. The quality of our care has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as Good almost across the board, outstanding in some places, and with some actions required in others. We have been named for the second year running in the national Best Places to Work list of 120 top NHS organisations In England.

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 and people nearing the end of their life, 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). Over 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’.

How we do it

Our aim across all our services is to give people choice about the care they receive and certainty that when they need us, wherever they are, we will meet their needs with services of a high quality that are safe, effective and compassionate, and that are offered with respect.

We provide:

  • Community rehabilitation and support for people with complex health needs and long-term conditions or people needing end of life care.
  • Community rapid response to assess and care for patients with urgent care needs, helping to keep them out of hospital.
  • Intermediate care, offering short term recovery and rehabilitation, again keeping patients out of hospital where we can, or helping them to leave hospital when this is the right thing for them.
  • Integrated discharge, working with patients, carers and hospital staff, to help a patient return home from a hospital stay as soon as possible.
  • Health promotion, supporting people to improve health and wellbeing, for example through our services to help people quit smoking.
  • Coordinated and flexible service for families and children, through our health visitors, for example, our breastfeeding support teams, or our care for children with complex health needs.

In total we employ around 4,750 people (includes both full-time and part-time staff). We employ doctors, dentists, nurses and therapists, supported by experts in areas such as infection control, medicines management, information technology (IT), human resources (HR), service experience and finance.

Many of our staff work in multi-disciplinary teams combining a range of specialisms and backgrounds and linking closely with our health and social care partners to offer integrated, seamless services to our patients.

We provide a wide range of services, See the A-Z listing of our clinical services.