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West Sussex service presented with Unicef ‘Baby Friendly’ accreditation

Our Healthy Child Programme, which delivers health visiting and school nursing services across West Sussex, has been presented with ‘Baby Friendly’ accreditation by ‘Unicef Baby Friendly (UK)’ at a ceremony in Ashington on Wednesday 15 November. 

17 November 2017
Events to mark World AIDS Day

Our Community HIV Specialist Service are holding and contributing at three local events to mark World AIDS Day on Friday 1 December.

17 November 2017
We receives prestigious IQIPS accreditation

We've been praised by the National Deaf Children’s Society for becoming the first community NHS trust in England to receive prestigious accreditation for our children’s audiology service across West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

10 November 2017
Stay well this winter

Help you and your family stay well over winter.

09 November 2017
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust nurses recognised by Queen’s Nursing Institute

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has honoured eight Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) nurses with prestigious awards at their autumn awards ceremony this week.

02 November 2017
Volunteer Focus

Volunteer Anna shares her story

01 November 2017
Fifty plus staff achieve the Care Certificate

More than fifty healthcare support workers have become the latest to achieve the Care Certificate – an assessment which demonstrates their competency and skill in providing safe, high quality care. 

26 October 2017
Recruitment events in November and December

We're holding a number of recruitment events in November and December at Crawley, Haywards Heath and Horsham. We're looking to recruit nurses, healthcare assistants, administrators and facilities staff to join our community teams. Come along and speak to our friendly teams to find out what it's like working for Sussex Community and the range of opportunities we have availabe.

25 October 2017
Time to Talk Health

Making a real difference to people in West Sussex who are finding it difficult to cope with their long-term health conditions. Providing psychological therapies to support people who have become worried, anxious or low in mood.

23 October 2017
Annual Leadership Conference 2017

This week we hosted our annual leadership conference in Crawley. Over 200 members of staff joined us for a hugely valuable event with fantastic contributions in workshops and from our guest speakers Professor Michael West and Professor Jonathan Warren.

29 September 2017
We've been shortlisted for prestigious HSJ Award

We've been named as a HSJ Awards finalist in the ‘staff engagement’ category for our work to improve staff health and wellbeing.

11 September 2017
Our three nurseries get OUTSTANDING and GOOD Ofsted ratings

Hilltop Nursey at Brighton General Hospital achieves OUTSTANDING Ofsted rating; Butterfly Nursery at Hove Polyclinic achieves OUTSTANDING for personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children and overall GOOD Ofsted rating; and Rainbow Nursery at Crawley Hospital gets a GOOD Ofsted rating.

21 August 2017
Grand opening of new memorial garden at Crawley Hospital

A new memorial garden at Crawley Hospital has been unveiled by the mayor. Named the Jim Smith memorial garden it provides an increased seating area, a music facility, shrubs and flowers and a mural depicting Jim’s life. 

15 August 2017
Nursing Times Awards finalist

We’re delighted to announce that our OneCall service in Coastal West Sussex has been nominated for a Nursing Times award in their ‘care for older people’ category.

11 August 2017
Appointment of new Director of Performance and Improvement

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Anuschka Muller as our new Director of Performance and Improvement. Anuschka will take up the role in October.

11 August 2017
Brighton Pride

Sussex Community at Pride Parade over the weekend.

07 August 2017
Crawley Hospital Urgent Treatment Centre is transformed

An £8 million pound project to transform urgent care at Crawley Hospital is now complete. The final stage of the work was the refurbishment and upgrade of the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), a vital part of NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group’s plan to provide care closer to home.

04 August 2017
Research at Sussex Community top 5 nationally

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is progressing towards its aim of becoming ‘a leading NHS trust for research in community settings’ after being named in the top five community NHS trust nationally for research activity by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

02 August 2017
We launch partnership study with Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Sussex Community launch partnership study to improve outcomes for people living with high blood pressure. 

28 July 2017
Diabetes Care For You marks 1st Year Anniversary

This month marks the first year anniversary of the community diabetes service.

07 July 2017
Sussex Community shortlisted for Patient Safety Award

We were shortlisted for the Patient Safety in the Community Award at the prestigious Patient Safety Awards, held on Tuesday 4 July in Manchester.

05 July 2017
Recruitment open evening at Crawley Hospital Thursday 26 July

We are looking for registered nurses, healthcare assistants and therapists to come and join our community teams including our telephone triage service One Call. We can offer permanent positions or the opportunity to join the Trust on a flexible basis, to cover short-term and temporary roles.

04 July 2017
Expansion of Time to Talk service in West Sussex

The West Sussex Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, known locally as Time to Talk, has been expanded to provide more support to people living with diabetes, heart disease and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/lung disease.

04 July 2017
News about the Brighton General Hospital site

You may have seen in Thursday’s and today’s local news or heard on the radio that Brighton and Hove City Council has announced that the Brighton General Hospital site is its preferred site for a new secondary school.

30 June 2017
Attend our Annual Members' Meeting

Staff, our members, the public and stakeholders are invited to attend our Annual Members' Meeting to be held from 5pm on Thursday 14 September 2017 at Brighton General Hospital.

29 June 2017
Midhurst Macmillan Service marks 10 years of pioneering Palliative Care

A pioneering service supporting people with cancer and other life threatening diseases at the end of their life is marking 10 years of care.

15 June 2017
Three public governors appointed

We have appointed three new public governors to join our Council of Governors.

23 May 2017
Cyber-attacks: Update

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has - so far - not been affected by the cyber-attack experienced by some NHS organisations in recent days.

15 May 2017
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust to welcome new Chair

Peter Horn is to join the Trust as Chair at the beginning of June.

12 May 2017
Recruitment open day at Haywards Heath, Health Centre - Thursday 25 May

We are looking for Nurses, Band 4 Assistant Practitioners and HCA’s to join our team working in our inpatient units and also in the community.

10 May 2017
Recruitment open day at South Street Square - Saturday 20 May

We are looking for registered nurses and therapist to join our team. We can offer permanent appointments or the opportunity to join the trust on a flexible basis, to cover short-term and temporary roles.

02 May 2017
STI Testing Week

From Monday 24 April to Monday 1 May 2017

20 April 2017
Over 700 young people use virtual school nursing messaging service

Over 700 young people in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex have used a virtual school nursing messaging service to get support in its first year.

11 April 2017
Mothers graduate to become breastfeeding peer supporters

10 more mothers in Crawley, West Sussex, graduate to become MILK! breastfeeding peer supporters.

07 April 2017
2017 Patient Safety Awards: Finalist

We’re delighted to be finalists at this year’s national Patient Safety Award for our work reducing pressure damage by 49%

24 March 2017
Local NHS Trusts Celebrate European Swallowing Awareness Day

Our staff were sponsored to drink only thickened drinks or eat only a puree diet for 24 hours, and raised £155 for the Martlets Hospice.

15 March 2017
Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes service six months in

Our Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes service is delivering effective outcomes six months in.

14 March 2017
Infection Prevention and Control Annual Conference

Come join us to learn, network and share experiences. This years theme is 'Emerging Threats'.

01 March 2017
Recruitment Open Day Salvington Lodge Worthing Tuesday 28 February

Tuesday 28 February 10am till 3pm - We are looking for registered nurses, health care assistants and therapists. We can offer permanent appointments or the opportunity to join the trust on a flexible basis, to cover short-term and temporary roles.

06 February 2017
Sue Sjuve to leave Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Sue Sjuve, Chair of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT), is to leave the organisation on 28 February 2017 to become Chair at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Stephen Lightfoot, current Deputy Chair at SCFT, will become Acting Chair whilst the Council of Governors undertake the process of appointing a substantive successor.

06 February 2017
Support for anxiety and depression now more accessible for people living in West Sussex

People living in West Sussex who experience anxiety and depression can now make a self-referral online to access support from our Time to Talk service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).

01 February 2017
Come and join our Hospital at Home Team

This video includes our staff: Marcello, Claire and Mose who talk about why they love working for our Hospital at Home Team, a joint partnership between Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

25 January 2017
Sir Peter Bottomley MP visits to help launch new end of life care service echo

Sir Peter Bottomley, Member of Parliament for Worthing West, visits NHS staff, and representatives from local specialist palliative care providers, to help launch an innovative new service to improve ‘end of life care’ in Coastal West Sussex.

23 January 2017
Recruitment Open Day at Crawley Hospital - Thursday 26 January

We are looking for registered nurses, health care assistants and therapist to join our team. We can offer permanent appointments or the opportunity to join the trust on a flexible basis, to cover short-term and temporary roles.

13 January 2017
New Clinical Assessment Unit and new bedded Piper Ward opens at Crawley Hospital

New and expanded Clinical Assessment Unit and new bedded Piper Ward opens at Crawley Hospital.

10 January 2017
Next generation given the chance to become future Paralympians with new NHS sports prostheses

Children across England who have either been born without a limb or who have lost a limb have begun to receive new running and swimming blades from the NHS, in a move by the government to help a future generation of young people get active and even become the next Paralympians.

10 January 2017
We're awarded contract to continue delivering children's services in West Sussex

We have been awarded a contract to provide the 0-19 Public Health Community Nursing Services for families in West Sussex following a competitive procurement run by West Sussex County Council.

03 January 2017
Drink safely during Dry January and beyond

Do you drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week? Dry January doesn't mean you have to give up alcohol for the whole month - set yourself an achievable goal to reduce your alcohol intake each week and build this into your normal routine. Try the impact calculator to check your weekly intake.

29 December 2016
Connect with Dementia Volunteers Introduced

20 young students have become the first group of Connect with Dementia Volunteers - improving the patient experience of people living with dementia and receiving care at both inpatient wards: Viking Ward, Crawley Hospital and Zachary Merton Hospital in Rustington.

21 December 2016
We're awarded contract to continue to provide Oral Health Promotion in Brighton and Hove

We have been appointed the preferred bidder to continue to provide the Oral Health Promotion Service for people living in Brighton & Hove.

16 December 2016
We win Hospital Cleaning Award

We win Hospital Cleaning Award at the Health Business Awards, held in London on 29 November.

08 December 2016
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust celebrates staff achievement

We held our 2016 Staff Achievement Awards on Tuesday 29th November at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath.

30 November 2016
We receive OUTSTANDING result for Stage 2 UNICEF Baby Friendly

Our Healthy Child Programme in West Sussex has received an OUTSTANDING result for Stage 2 Baby Friendly accreditation by UNICEF.

22 November 2016
Howard Clement recognised by Queen’s Nursing Institute

Howard was awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) at their autumn awards ceremony, held on Monday 14 November at The Royal Garden Hotel, London.

17 November 2016
Responsive Services in Crawley

Supporting people with acute health needs to remain out of hospital and in their own homes.

16 November 2016
Stop Pressure Ulcer Day

Our Tissue Viability Teams are supporting this year's Stop Pressure Ulcer Day and are holding a number of events to educate the public and staff about the importance to prevent pressure damage and how to manage it effectively.

16 November 2016
Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals donate £17,124 to support local NHS adult community services

The Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals have made a number of donations totalling £17,124 to enable our local NHS adult community services to purchase equipment to benefit patients and support new initiatives and best practice in care.

10 November 2016
Innovative new service to improve end of life care

The new service, known as echo (end of life care hub for coastal West Sussex), is now available for local residents. The service aims to improve the coordination and delivery of end of life care for patients across Coastal West Sussex by linking key service providers together via a 24/7 telephone coordination hub.

10 November 2016
Sussex Rehabilitation Centre working together with Albion in the Community to promote support for people with a prosthetic

Our Sussex Rehabilitation Centre, who provide prosthetics to people who have lost a limb, have been working closely with Albion in the Community over the past year to promote sporting activities to support rehabilitation.

10 November 2016
New Hospital@Home Service

New Hospital@Home service is now available for patients in Brighton & Hove who previously would have been cared for in hospital but are now cared for in their own homes.

24 October 2016
Expansion of Time to Talk service in West Sussex

Our West Sussex Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, known locally as Time to Talk, has been approved as one of the first 20 IAPT early implementer sites in England to expand its support to people living with long-term health conditions.

24 October 2016
Recruitment open day at Bognor Hospital

Friday 4 November 10am till 5pm - We are looking for registered nurses and health care assistants. We can offer permanent appointments or the opportunity to join the trust on a flexible basis, to cover short-term and temporary roles.

17 October 2016
We win Finance Team of the Year Award

Our Finance Team were announced Finance Team of the Year at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex HFMA Branch Awards held in Ashford on Friday 7 October.

13 October 2016
Recruitment open days at Crawley Hospital - 25 Oct & 7 Nov

We are looking for registered nurses and health care assistants. We can offer permanent appointments or the opportunity to join the trust on a flexible basis, to cover short-term and temporary roles.

12 October 2016
Awarded preferred bidder status to continue delivering children's services in Brighton and Hove

We have been appointed as the preferred bidder for the 0-19 Public Health Community Nursing Service for children/young people aged 0-19 in Brighton & Hove.

10 October 2016
Come along to one of our Recruitment Open Days

We are looking for Registered Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapists to work in our community hospitals and with our community teams.

07 September 2016
Our First Annual Members Meeting

Staff, our members, the public and stakeholders are invited to attend our first Annual Members Meeting to be held from 5:45pm Monday 12 September in the Spotlight Room at The Hawth Theatre, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ.

22 August 2016
New Director of Finance and Estates appointed

We have appointed Mike Jennings as our Director of Finance and Estates following a competitive recruitment process.

19 August 2016
Brighton & Hove is best for breastfeeding for the second year

Brighton & Hove has been named the top place in England for mums exclusively breastfeeding their very young babies for the second year running.

17 August 2016
Bailey Unit to reopen

A date has been set to reopen the Bailey Unit at Midhurst Community Hospital.

17 August 2016
Calling all nurses: recruitment day at Chailey Clinical Services

A recruitment day is being held on Wednesday 17 August for registered nurses or newly qualified nurses to see what roles we have available.

16 August 2016
Nurse training with Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Brighton – furthering careers

We provide a range of student placements, development for Bands 1 to 4 and university funding for staff to enter children’s and adults nursing or to further their careers.

12 August 2016
Our first Annual Sustainability Report

We have published our first separate Annual Sustainability Report which details our progress towards our ambition to deliver a fully sustainable healthcare organisation.

10 August 2016
Celebration of Student Specialist Community Public Health Nurses

Celebration our of Student Specialist Community Public Health Nurses in Children's Services across Brighton & Hove.

08 August 2016
New Chief Executive appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Siobhan Melia as our new Chief Executive.

29 July 2016
Fifty staff awarded Care Certificate at special ceremony

Congratulations to fifty healthcare support workers who have become the latest to achieve the Care Certificate – an assessment which demonstrates their competency and skill in providing safe, high quality care.

22 July 2016
Grand opening of new X-ray and Ultrasound at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital

New X-ray and Ultrasound facilities have been opened at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital.

21 July 2016
High praise for services provided to children and young people with special educational needs

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission today published their report from their new inspections of local areas’ services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and give high praise in Brighton & Hove.

14 July 2016
We launch new community diabetes service

Our new community diabetes service, named ‘Diabetes Care for You’, is now available to people aged 18+ who live in Brighton & Hove and the High Weald Lewes Havens area of East Sussex.

11 July 2016
Our West Sussex MILK! service celebrates National Breastfeeding Week

National Breastfeeding Celebration Week is an opportunity for mothers, breastfeeding supporters and health professionals to come together and share what works well to support breastfeeding in local communities.

23 June 2016
Celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday

Teams at Harlands Ward, Uckfield Community Hospital and Zachary Merton celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday

21 June 2016
Paula Head to leave Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Paula Head, chief executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT), is to leave the organisation in the Autumn to take up the chief executive role at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

31 May 2016
Calling all nurses: recruitment day at Midhurst Community Hospital

A recruitment day is being held on Thursday 9 June so that people can find out more about some of the roles we have available in the inpatient ward at Midhurst Community Hospital.

26 May 2016
Eight of our nurses receive prestigious Queen’s Nurse award

Eight of our nurses have been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse from Chief Nursing Officer for England, Jane Cummings, at an event in London.

16 May 2016
Great Open Day at Lewes Victoria Hospital

Over 100 people see NHS services provided at Lewes Victoria Hospital.

13 May 2016
Caroline Lucas MP visits Brighton General Hospital

Caroline Lucas meets our adult and children's community, nursing and therapy teams based at Brighton General Hospital today.

06 May 2016
Highly Commended at NHS Sustainability Awards

We are Highly Commented at NHS Sustainability Awards for category 'Transport and Travel' for our sustainable healthcare strategy Care Without Carbon.

03 May 2016
Inpatient Ward at Midhurst Community Hospital

Today we have started the process of temporarily winding-down 17-bed inpatient ward (the Bailey Unit) at Midhurst Community Hospital.

15 April 2016
World famous lactation consultant visits our Breastfeeding Service

Maureen Minchin visit our breastfeeding ahead of LCGB conference

14 April 2016
Lewes Victoria Hospital open day – Saturday 30 April 12pm till 4pm

Local people living in and around Lewes can come and find out more about Lewes Victoria Hospital and the services it provides to the community.

12 April 2016
Virtual School Nursing Messaging Service

Our new service launches today which allows young people in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex to get confidential support and advice from their school nurse via text messaging.

11 April 2016
Sussex Community NHS Trust achieves foundation trust authorisation

Sussex Community NHS Trust has been successful in achieving authorisation as an NHS Foundation Trust, health regulator Monitor has announced.

31 March 2016
Nus Ghani MP visits Uckfield Community Hospital

Staff from Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) hosted a visit from Nus Ghani to meet the community, nursing and therapy teams based at Uckfield Community Hospital.

21 March 2016
We're ranked "outstanding" and in the top 10 national 'Learning from mistakes league'

We have been ranked “outstanding” and are included in the top 10 NHS Trust in England for our ability to learn from mistakes.

09 March 2016
FREE diabetes course to live well in Horsham and Mid Sussex

Courses start from April. Read more...

08 March 2016
Positive Staff Survey

Our staff give positive feedback in the 2015 national NHS staff survey.

23 February 2016
We win contract for new medicines optimisation service for care homes

We're pleased to confirm that we've been awarded a minimum three-year contract to provide a new medicines optimisation service to care homes in parts of East Sussex.

15 February 2016
New Proactive Care video

Meet Peggy and find out how Proactive Care in West Sussex is helping her to stay well in her home for longer and avoid the need to go to hospital.

28 January 2016
Proactive Care service wins regional award

Proactive Care, the West Sussex joined up service across the NHS and social care, won the Improving out of Hospital Services for Older People Award at the prestigious Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network Expo and Awards 2016.

22 January 2016
We win prestigious patient, carer and public engagement award

Our research team in partnership with our Chailey Heritage Clinical Services (CHCS) won the Patient, Carer and Public Engagement Award at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network Expo and Awards 2016.

22 January 2016
Jeremy Quin MP visits Horsham Hospital

Our staff hosted a visit from Jeremy Quin MP earlier today to meet our community, nursing and therapy teams based at Horsham Hospital.

08 January 2016
Dry January 2016

Last year over 2 million people cut down their drinking for January. 2016 is looking to be even bigger, so join in and reap the rewards!

01 January 2016
Our FT members’ newsletter sent to 5,000 members

Sussex Community NHS Trust’s (SCT) latest members’ newsletter, FT Focus, is out now. It features details of the recently elected governors and news from around the trust.

16 December 2015
Sussex Community NHS Trust celebrates staff achievement

Sussex Community NHS Trust held its 2015 Staff Achievement Awards last week at Fontwell Park Racecourse.

08 December 2015
Flu vaccinations

Make sure you and your family have your annual flu vaccination.

08 December 2015
HSJ awards ceremony

We were nominated in three categories at the HSJ awards last night

19 November 2015
Are you a carer? Find out how you can look after yourself too

If you are a carer, who looks after you? Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) is organising two information sessions on Carers Rights day - Friday 20 November.

18 November 2015
Our nurse wins NHS leadership award

Our proactive care case manager Elizabeth Stevenson won the NHS inspirational leader of the year category at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex NHS Leadership Recognition awards ceremony on Thursday 12 November.

17 November 2015
Our nurses recognised by Queen’s Nursing Institute

Six of our nurses were awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) at their autumn awards ceremony on Monday 9 November.

12 November 2015
NHS ward opens in Newhaven to help patients return home

A new NHS ward has opened in Newhaven to care for patients and help them return to their own home or another place of residence and also support the local NHS to treat more patients in a more timely way.

09 November 2015
Public and Staff Governors confirmed at SCT

The results of the election and nomination process for the public and staff governors at Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) have today been confirmed.

06 November 2015
We're now providing adult community services in High Weald Lewes and Havens

We're providing adult community services in the High Weald Lewes Havens areas of East Sussex from 1st November.

27 October 2015
NHS offers support for coping with post-traumatic stress disorder

Witnesses of the Shoreham air show disaster are being urged to consider talking therapy if they are still struggling to come to terms with the psychological effects of the incident.

19 October 2015
Innovative and successful

We have secured three places in the HSJ awards 2015, billed as ‘the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful organisations, people and projects.’

15 October 2015
Public and staff can vote for governors

Over the next three weeks local people across Sussex, and neighbouring areas, who are members of SCT are invited to vote for their representative.

14 October 2015
Health chiefs set to announce plans

Health chiefs are inviting residents of Lewes, East Saltdean, Peacehaven and Newhaven to have their say and hear about future plans to local NHS services.

13 October 2015
We win Finance for the Future Award 2015

Sussex Community NHS Trust’s sustainable healthcare strategy, Care Without Carbon, last night won the Public Sector & Third Sector category at the 2015 Finance for the Future awards.

09 October 2015
Flu vaccination for children in Years 1 and 2

From this month, all children in school years 1 and 2 in England will be offered a flu vaccination in the form of a nasal spray.

07 October 2015
We win contract for new community diabetes service

We’re pleased to confirm that SCT has been awarded a three-year contract to be the lead provider of a new Diabetes Care For You service for patients living in Brighton & Hove and the High Weald, Lewes and Havens area of East Sussex.

07 October 2015
Our FT progress gathers pace

The NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) has endorsed our bid to become an NHS foundation trust (FT) and has put us forward for the next assessment phase.

06 October 2015
1st for energy efficiency in HSJ awards

SCT won the Energy Efficiency prize at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards, held on 22 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London for its Care Without Carbon programme.

24 September 2015
Sussex Community NHS Trust takes lead on dementia

Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) has appointed its first dementia specialist to lead its work in caring for and supporting people with dementia.

21 September 2015
Sussex Community NHS Trust AGM

Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 3 September at The Hawth in Crawley.

01 September 2015
Become a governor and get involved

We have started the process of creating its first Council of Governors.

28 August 2015
Bogus Job Emails

We have been made aware that a number of healthcare professionals based overseas have been sent emails from 'career@brightonhospital.co.uk' offering employment at Brighton General Hospital. These are not genuine emails.

28 August 2015
NHS offers psychological support for those affected

Local NHS services in Sussex and Brighton & Hove have joined together to offer support to those affected psychologically or emotionally by the tragic events at the Shoreham Airshow.

26 August 2015
Scoring well for cleanliness and food

The Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) results were published today (11 August) and SCT compares well against the national averages.

11 August 2015
RCN sees children’s community nursing in action

Fiona Smith visited children’s community nursing teams in Crawley, Chichester and Lancing, the SCT children's continence team and the Sussex Snowdrop Trust palliative care team.

10 August 2015
Three more SCT nurses awarded Queen’s Nurse title

Three members of staff have been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by the community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

21 July 2015
Community nurse gets national award for leadership skills

Trudy Ward, head of children’s community nursing with Sussex Community NHS Trust has been given a national award by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.

14 July 2015
One of the best NHS workplaces in England

We're included in a list of the top 120 health and care employers across the acute, community, mental health and clinical commissioning sectors

07 July 2015
Annual General Meeting 2015

Our board of directors cordially invite members of the public to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 8:50am on Thursday, 3 September 2015 at The Spotlight Room, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ.

11 June 2015
We get UNICEF approval

We have been awarded Stage 1 Baby Friendly accreditation by UNICEF.

10 June 2015
We win adult community services contract

NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (HWLH CCG) has appointed us as the preferred bidder for community services in the High Weald, Lewes and Havens area in East Sussex.

10 June 2015
Sussex Community NHS Trust celebrates Volunteers Week with a thank you

Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) celebrated Volunteers Week today (5 June) by hosting a ‘thank you’ drinks event at their Brighton General Hospital site.

05 June 2015
Sussex Community NHS Trust supports Cowfold mums

Sixteen mothers have graduated to become MILK! Breast feeding peer supporters - to help other mums to breastfeed their babies and give them the best start in life.

02 June 2015
Brighton & Hove is best for breastfeeding

Brighton & Hove has been named the top place in England for mums breastfeeding their very young babies.

18 May 2015
West Sussex residents with anxiety and depression can now contact Time to Talk directly

People living across West Sussex who experience anxiety and depression can now contact a local NHS support service – Time to Talk - directly.

05 May 2015
A triple win for Sussex Community NHS Trust

It was a triple win for Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) at the NHS Sustainability Awards on Thursday 16 April at the America Square conference centre in London.

23 April 2015
Council and health partners back Safer Sleeping Week

Think safer sleeping for your baby is the message from West Sussex County Council as it backs national Safer Sleeping Week this week.

16 March 2015
Queen's Nurse title for Sean

Sean Cemm, clinical nurse manager has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

05 March 2015
Our staff give positive feedback in national NHS staff survey

In the national 2014 NHS staff survey published this week our staff responded more positively than the average for the NHS across England in 25 of the survey’s 29 key findings.

26 February 2015
Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital host visit from the mayor

We hosted a visit from the mayor of Bognor Regis, Tony Gardiner today, to highlight the good work of the hospital.

26 February 2015
Sharps disposal in Crawley

From Monday, 9 February 2015 you will no longer be able to leave or replace sharps disposal boxes at the Planned Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital

05 February 2015
Dare to Care challenge

Our staff across Brighton and Hove and West Sussex begin the ‘Dare to Care’ challenge this week as part of the trust’s aim to deliver health services that care for the environment as well as people.

03 February 2015
A Cancer Landscape - new exhibition

A ground-breaking exhibition, A Cancer Landscape, hosted by Sussex Community NHS Trust, will run from 16-28 February at the ONCA gallery in Brighton during the Brighton Science Festival.

29 January 2015
Brighton and hove best for breastfeeding

Brighton & Hove has been named the top place in England for mums breastfeeding their very young babies

23 January 2015
Brighton General Hospital (BGH) managed parking scheme

Managed parking scheme going ahead at Brighton General Hospital to deal with the on-going parking problems and will improve the safety and security of drivers, their vehicles and pedestrians.

20 January 2015
We win Most Improved Community Provider & Enhancing Innovation Through Collaboration Awards

This is in recognition of our patient experience programme to enhance quality of care and specifically our work with matrons and community teams to provide better patient outcomes.

19 January 2015
SCT team supports Better Care Plans for Brighton & Hove patients

The new local NHS and City Council’s Better Care Plan has just been given government go-ahead.

19 January 2015
Local mum praises NHS staff for support received after her baby died

Louise Walters’ son, Soul George Jackson, died due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 2012 and is helping to front a safer sleeping campaign in conjunction with the NHS and West Sussex County Council.

09 January 2015
Using urgent care and minor injury services this winter

The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) and Minor Injuries Unit MIU offer an alternative to A&E

07 January 2015
Dry January

Do you feel like losing weight, saving money and generally feeling good about yourself?

31 December 2014
Art students display work at Horsham's Horizon Unit

Horsham art students from Collyer's College display work at Horsham Hospital’s Horizon Unit.

 

19 December 2014
Shortlisted - KSS Service Improvement and Innovation Awards 2015

We’ve been shortlisted at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Service Improvement and Innovation Awards 2015, for the category Enhancing Innovation Award for our Coastal West Sussex DocoboWeb Pilot.

18 December 2014
Commended at the Quality in Care Awards

Our Midhurst Macmillan Community Specialist Care Service are runners up at the national Quality in Care Oncology Awards.

10 December 2014
SCT welcomes CQC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inspecting our services from Monday, 8 December until Thursday, 11 December.

08 December 2014
Success at NHS Leadership Awards

Our One Call One Team service, which provides a single point of access for urgent health referrals, run in partnership with other local organisations, has won the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Leadership Collaborative award for outstanding collaborative leadership.

03 December 2014
Staff recognised at our annual staff achievement awards 2014

Our annual staff achievement awards took place on Tuesday, 2 December. Over 130 members of staff and partners attended. Check out this years winners.

03 December 2014
Clinical assessment unit 3rd anniversary

Our clinical assessment unit (CAU) at Crawley Hospital celebrated its third anniversary recently with a special event for staff and patients.

20 November 2014
Best Newcomer award for Parkinson's nurse

Our Worthing-based community Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist, was presented with the 'Best Newcomer' award at the Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association conference earlier this month.

30 October 2014
Sustainability Achievement Award win

The Sussex Community NHS Trust/Capita partnership has won the Sustainability Achievement Award at the annual IHEEM Awards.

24 October 2014
Support from Friends of The Kleinwort Centre

Read how Friends of The Kleinwort Centre are improving the experience for our patients and staff at our community hospital.

24 October 2014
Speech and Language Therapists mark International Stammering Awareness Day

To mark International Stammering Awareness Day next Wednesday (22 October), our West Sussex-based speech and language therapy teams are encouraging early referral to their service for children who stammer.

17 October 2014
Our community healthcare staff help fight flu this season

This week (13 – 17 October), our community nursing, therapeutic and healthcare staff will be joining thousands of other NHS staff across the country to help protect themselves and their patients by getting their flu jab.

13 October 2014
Celebrating our West Sussex children’s community nursing staff

Last month our West Sussex children’s community nursing service held their annual away day at Pulborough Village Hall which included an award ceremony and five nurses were presented with awards.

13 October 2014
Proactive care team supports West Sussex sisters

Our Bognor Central proactive care team talks about how the team care for two elderly sisters, helping them to avoid long-term hospital admission.

10 October 2014
SCT ranked alongside the best in the country

The national PLACE inspection offers the public a snapshot of the quality of inpatient care delivered by their local NHS in a range of non-clinical areas.

17 September 2014
Sexual Health Week

Our sexual health services in Brighton & Hove provide emergency contraception and advice on good sexual health.

11 September 2014
SCT named as one of the UK’s best places to work

Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) has been ranked by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) amongst the best places to work in the NHS in England.

09 September 2014
David Parfitt appointed as a non-executive director

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has confirmed the appointment of David Parfitt as a non-executive director of Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT).

03 September 2014
Recruitment open days at Bognor Regis and Brighton in September

Looking for a new job in the NHS? Attend one of our recruitment open days at Bognor Regis and Brighton in September.

13 August 2014
Meet our Horsham community nurses

Find out more about our busy community nurses who care for our patients in Horsham and the surrounding areas.

29 July 2014
Annual General Meeting AGM 2014

Our directors invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

18 July 2014
Annual Report and Strategic Report 2013/14

We have just published our Annual Report and Strategic Report 2013/14. Read how our community teams over the year deliver excellent care at the heart of the community. 

17 July 2014
Wedding blessing at Arundel Community & District Hospital

Arundel Community & District Hospital held a wedding blessing so a grandfather could be part of their grandchild’s wedding celebrations.

26 June 2014
Family nurse partnership supervisor wins Dr Sue Eckstein leadership award

Suzy Portway, family nurse partnership (FNP) supervisor West Sussex, is the successful winner of the Dr Sue Eckstein leadership award presented at our annual leadership conference in June.

25 June 2014
Coasting Together raise over £600

Dr Tom Farsides, friend and colleague of the late Dr Sue Eckstein and user of Sussex Rehabilitation Centre (SRC), raised £612 by running the Boston Marathon in April.

20 June 2014
National Smile Month

Our oral health promotion team, part of our special care dental service, have been highlighting the importance of good oral health for all as part of National Smile Month (19 May to 19 June)

19 June 2014
Improving the health of carers with unique service

More and more carers living in West Sussex are benefiting from our recently launched carers health team which is available to the 84,000 unpaid carers living across West Sussex.

09 June 2014
Nursery Celebrations!

Our nursery teams in Brighton and Hove and Crawley were celebrating last week receiving some great news.

02 June 2014
SCT celebrate volunteers’ week by saying “thank you”

This year is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week (1– 7 June). To celebrate we're hosting a number of events with volunteers, to recognise the work they do and to say “thank you”.

29 May 2014
The Queen’s Nursing Institute

Tracey Perris, community matron for our proactive care team in Mid Sussex, has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

22 May 2014
Our teams hosts a visit at Horsham Hospital with Horsham councillors

Our staff hosted a visit by councillors of the Health Provision Working Group of Horsham District Council yesterday to meet our community, nursing and therapy teams who help support people to live healthy, independent lives in their own homes or in our inpatient wards. Read more...

07 May 2014
Recruitment Open Day

Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) is looking for registered nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare assistants.

29 April 2014
Children's immunisation clinics

Sussex parents urged to check their children are up to date with their immunisations this summer.

29 April 2014
Proud to Care award win

Our Brighton & Hove based community neurological rehabilitation team (CNRT) won an award on Friday (28 March) at the Sussex and Surrey Proud to Care Awards.

31 March 2014
Palliative care recognised

Our Midhurst Macmillan specialist palliative care service was cited recently by NHS England as an example of transformational practice to help guide commissioners nationwide as they develop their local strategies to improve care and manage finances.

18 March 2014
Sussex smokers get ready for battle on No Smoking Day

Our stop smoking service is urging smokers in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove to prepare for battle and attempt to give up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 12 March.

10 March 2014
Proactive care team recognised at award ceremony

Our proactive care team has gained national recognition with 'Highly Commended' at NHS England awards ceremony.

05 March 2014
SCT welcomes positive NHS Staff Survey results

The results of the annual NHS Staff Survey 2013 show positive and much improved results for the trust, both year-on-year and in comparison with other community trusts.

04 March 2014
South Coast Audit Consortium merges with TIAA Limited

We are delighted to announce that we have completed the transfer of the South Coast Audit (SCA) function into TIAA Limited. 

22 January 2014
Celebrating success at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services

Children and young people at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services celebrated success recently at the centre’s annual achievement award, known as the Adam Walker Award.

22 January 2014
New appointments to the board

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has confirmed the appointment of Maggie Ioannou as a non-executive director and Professor Chakravarthi Rajkumar as a designate non-executive director/board advisor to the board of directors at SCT.

20 January 2014
Sussex smokers urged to quit for 2014

Sussex Community NHS Trust is offering smokers in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove a number of ways to help achieve their New Year’s resolution to kick their smoking habit.

03 January 2014
Crawley teams provide emergency support following care home flood

Following severe flooding at a Crawley based care home, Sussex Community NHS Trust nursing teams stepped in to help care for the 32 residents who were evacuated on Christmas Eve.

02 January 2014
Looking for a new job in 2014?

This New Year, Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) is looking for registered nurses, healthcare assistants and housekeepers to join the trust on a flexible basis, to cover short-term and temporary roles.

02 January 2014
Strategic relationship with Capita

We have agreed a strategic relationship with Capita to support our work to drive change and improve the quality and sustainability of our patient care services.

18 December 2013
Urgent care staff in awareness raising films

Staff from our Crawley Urgent Treatment Centre and Minor Injuries Unit in Horsham feature in an awareness raising online film to help ensure people know the best place to go for emergency health treatment this winter.

18 December 2013
Do you know a team/individual who provides excellent care?

Do you know of a team/nurse/health visitor or care worker who goes over and above the call of duty in delivering one of the 6Cs – Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment. Ensure you complete an application form so they are entered into the Surrey & Sussex Proud to Care Awards.

16 December 2013
West Sussex community teams scale up for winter

In preparation for winter, our West Sussex teams are increasing capacity and expanding their services to enable them to support more patients every day, helping to relieve pressure on A&E services.

05 December 2013
Reducing the risk of falls in Brighton & Hove

Staff working to reduce the risk of falls amongst elderly and vulnerable people in Brighton & Hove were amongst winners at the trust’s annual staff award ceremony.

04 December 2013
Brighton & Hove community teams scale up for winter

In preparation for winter, our Brighton & Hove based community short-term  service has increased capacity and secured additional nursing home beds to enable the team to support more patients every day, helping to relieve pressure on A&E services.

03 December 2013
Events to mark World Aids Day – 1 December

Our Community HIV Specialist Service will be contributing to local events to mark World Aids Day on Sunday 1 December.

28 November 2013
Local Sussex staff celebrate annual achievement awards

Staff from Sussex Community NHS Trust celebrated yesterday (26 November) at the trust’s annual staff award ceremony that took place at Fontwell Park Racecourse in West Sussex.

27 November 2013
Matron of Bognor Hospital wins NHS leadership award

Jo Habben, modern matron at Bognor War Memorial Hospital, is the successful winner of the NHS Community Leader of the Year Award at last week’s NHS Leadership Recognition Awards.

19 November 2013
Free diabetes advice for people in West Sussex

To mark World Diabetes Day on Thursday (14 November) our team of diabetes specialist nurses will be at the Tesco, West Durrington store, providing free advice and information about local services to help people manage their diabetes.

11 November 2013
New service to support the 80,000 carers in West Sussex

Carers living in West Sussex who look after family or friends who are ill or frail will now have access to a new service to help them improve their own health and wellbeing.

30 October 2013
Overwhelming support for our plans to become an NHS foundation trust

We have just published our report following our formal consultation with our communities in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove about our plans to become an NHS foundation trust (FT).

17 October 2013
Our staff help fight flu this season

We have joined the largest ever NHS staff vaccination campaign with a programme of local activity to protect our staff and patients from flu.

09 October 2013
West Sussex team seeks Unicef baby friendly status

Last week our infant feeding service in West Sussex launched a programme to achieve UNICEF baby friendly accreditation.

08 October 2013
Sussex smokers quit the habit this 'Stoptober'

During October, smokers in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove are being encouraged to take part in the nationwide Stoptober challenge and quit smoking for good.

01 October 2013
Stephen Lightfoot joins our board

The NHS Trust Development Authority has confirmed the appointment of Stephen Lightfoot as a non-executive director at the trust.

24 September 2013
Sussex schoolgirls to be vaccinated against cervical cancer

As the new school term gets underway, over 5,000 Sussex schoolgirls aged 12 to 13 (in year 8) are being offered their human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination to protect them against cervical cancer.

19 September 2013
Time to Talk courses for people with diabetes

People living in West Sussex who have diabetes are being invited to sign up to a unique 10-week course to help them manage the emotional effects of their illness.

13 September 2013
AGM 2013

Our AGM took place at 9am on Thursday, 26 September 2013. The board, our clinical staff, our stakeholders and members of the public attended.

14 August 2013
HIV nursing award for Brighton clinician

Anna Bamford, HIV clinical services manager at Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT), has been awarded the nationally recognised HIV Nursing Award for 2013 by the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA).

30 July 2013
Sparks running-bikes project

Sophie Christiansen OBE visits Sparks running-bikes project for children with cerebral palsy

19 July 2013
Short breaks for children with complex health needs and disabilities in West Sussex

The NHS in West Sussex is consulting about the future of NHS-funded short break services for children and young people with complex health needs and disabilities.

02 July 2013
David Standfast becomes a non-executive director

David Standfast becomes a non-executive director at the trust

27 June 2013
Brighton staff celebrate SCT foundation trust consultation launch

Brighton staff celebrate SCT foundation trust consultation launch at Moulsecoomb Children's Centre

20 June 2013
NHS foundation trust consultation launches at Bognor Hospital

We have begun a twelve-week consultation process to ask our patients, staff and community to back our bid to become an independent community NHS foundation trust (FT) by 2014.

13 June 2013
Statement of Common Purpose

A statement that commits NHS leaders nationally and locally about how they will use the lessons from what happened at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust to make a meaningful difference for people who use their services.

04 June 2013
More patients leaving hospital on time

NHS staff at the Princess Royal Hospital are working to ensure patients leave hospital on time and with the right on-going support. This has significantly reduced the number of delays.

24 May 2013
Dying Matters Week

We will be out across West Sussex offering advice, guidance and support to local people about the issues of death and bereavement during Dying Matters Week (13 to 19 May 2013)

08 May 2013
Winners at the Proud to Care Awards

Our staff are celebrating after success at the Proud to Care Sussex Nursing Awards held on Thursday 25 April at the American Express Community Stadium inBrighton, after winning two awards.

29 April 2013
Free courses for people with diabetes and coronary heart disease

People in West Sussex who are living with a long-lasting medical condition, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease, are being encouraged to sign up for support to help them manage the emotional effects of their illness.

23 April 2013
Protect your children against measles

We are urging Brighton & Hove parents to ensure their children are protected against measles by making sure they have had their MMR vaccine.

12 April 2013
Palliative Care Partnership

Sussex Community NHS Trust’s palliative care team has joined forces with the Martlets Hospice@Home team to deliver a new specialist support and advice service, the Palliative Care Partnership, for people in Brighton and Hove who are affected by advanced cancer and other life-limiting illness.

02 April 2013
Happy Birthday to the Toy Library

Happy 20th birthday to the Conway Court Toy Library!

19 March 2013
No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March 2013. Find advice about quitting near you!

12 March 2013
HPV Vaccination for girls

Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) is calling on girls across West Sussex and Brighton & Hove to have their third and final dose of the cervical cancer vaccine.

08 March 2013
Our Chief Exec speaks about the Francis Report

Bob Deans, Our interim Chief Executive, speaks about the Francis Report

06 February 2013
Friends of Brighton and Hove Hospitals donate to the Trust

Thanks to the Friends of Brighton and Hove Hospitals for their generous donation to our Trust services

05 February 2013
Our nurses win the Queen's Award

Julia Fairhall and Rachael Bland were award the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

22 January 2013
Nintendo Wii Fit Research

Research conducted at two schools in Sussex, has found that use of the Nintendo Wii Fit could help improve the development of children with movement difficulties,

16 January 2013
Paula Head appointed as new chief executive

Paula Head has been appointed the new chief executive at Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT). She is currently director of transformation at Frimley Park Hospital. She expects to begin work with SCT by the beginning of April 2013.

03 January 2013
Free health checks and stop smoking support

Quitting smoking isn’t easy but we can will provide you with free expert advice, access to medication and support tailored to what you need.

18 December 2012
Annual Discourse 2012

Hugh Whittall, Director of Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London gave a lecture on Bioethics and Healthcare: From principles to policy and practice.

07 December 2012
New location for Brighton and Hove children and families clinic

From Monday 10 December, three children and families services will move from Morley Street, Brighton, to the newly refurbished children and families clinic at Brighton General Hospital.

04 December 2012
World Aids Day 2012

Sussex Community NHS Trust’s HIV Specialist Service will be contributing to local events to mark World Aids Day on Saturday 1 December 2012.

30 November 2012
Staff Achievement Awards 2012

Our Annual Staff awards are given to staff who have stood out in seven categories across the whole Trust.

29 November 2012