Trust reports

Annual Report 2017/18

Our annual report summary highlights our successes, achievements and performance.

You can view our full annual report 2017/18 which provides details of the excellent care we provide to communities we serve in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and the High Weald, Lewes and Havens area of East Sussex.

Details of Trade Unions can be found here.

Brand Management Strategy

Our brand management strategy explains the SCT brand in the light of our development as a trust since 2010.

Care Without Carbon Strategy

Our Care Without Carbon strategy explains how we are committed to reducing carbon emissions from our care services, with a long-term aspiration to becoming a carbon neutral healthcare provider.

Care Without Carbon – Annual Sustainability Report

The Annual Sustainability Report shows the progress we’ve made in each of our seven steps to sustainable healthcare since Care Without Carbon was launched.

Clinical Care Strategy

Our clinical care strategy explains how we aim to make our services easy to use, safe, consistent, effective and right for each individual.


Based on NHS Foundation Trust Model the SCT Constitution was reviewed and signed off by the Trust Solicitors in May 2015

Digital Strategy

Our Digital Strategy sets out how we will improve our patients’ health and well-being and their care experience through the effective use of data, digital technology and technology-enabled care. We have identified four key outcomes which our Digital Strategy will focus on:

  • Enabling patients to manage their health more independently
  • Enabling staff to provide excellent and relevant care in the most appropriate location
  • Enabling an efficient and effective delivery of community health services
  • Enabling better working together across the local health system

These outcomes will be supported through specific deliverables that are aligned to a set of digital building blocks – our Digital Principles and Priorities.

Directors Code of Conduct

The purpose of the Directors Code of Conduct is to provide clear guidance on the standards of conduct and behaviour expected of all directors.

Engagement Strategy

Our engagement strategy will ensure we exceed our statutory and good practice responsibilities to engage with everyone who uses our services.

Estates Strategy

Our estates strategy is clinically led and is focused to support and enhance our clinical activities. It sets out how we intend to deploy our estate so that we are best able to respond to changes in service delivery.

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Annual Report

Read the Equality & Diversity Annual Report 2014/2015

Fit and Proper Persons Test

The Fit and Proper Persons Test has been developed in response to the requirements placed on NHS providers, following the introduction of the new regulatory standards for the Fit and Proper Person Requirements of directors.

Governance Rationale

The Governance Rationale was created based on the template provided as part of our application for Foundation Trust status and summarises the main provisions set out in our Foundation Trust Constitution and Membership Strategy.

How we are rated

England’s chief inspector of hospitals has rated the overall quality of services provided by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) as good. The rating follows the inspection in December 2014 by Care Quality Commission (CQC) and offers evidence to the communities SCT serves that its services are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

The trust is committed to learning and improving based upon the Chief Inspector’s feedback. The report made 10 recommendations and these are areas which the Trust recognises and is taking steps to improve. The recommendations have been collated into a CQC action plan. The recommendations and specific actions from the CQC action plan are embedded in the Trust’s overarching Quality Improvement Plans (QIP) to ensure their detailed coordination, governance and delivery to agreed timelines.

The trust has also been referred to in a review of health services for Looked After Children and Safeguarding in West Sussex. CQC carried out an inspection of the services in February 2015, and published their report on 13 November 2015. A connected Ofsted inspection took place in October and November 2016, and their report was published in January 2016. The reports focus on the experiences and outcomes for children within the geographical boundaries of the local authority area and on the performance of health providers serving the area including Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Local Area Teams (LATs). Each partner is responsible for the implementation of recommendations for their organisation. The recommendations relating to SCT have been collated into a CQC action plan which is monitored internally by the trust. Progress on the multi organisational action plan is monitored by the CCGs.

Medicines Optimisation Strategy

Our medicines optimisation strategy guides the development of medicines optimisation within the Trust. It is a key document that relates to how the principles of medicines optimisation are integrated into the Trust’s systems, work practices and culture at all levels. 

Membership Strategy

Our membership strategy sets out how we will recruit, engage, support and develop our NHS foundation trust membership.

Patient and Carer Experience and Involvement Strategy

Our patient and carer experience and involvement strategy sets out to identify the key objectives to use and improve patient, service user and carer experience at the trust.

Patient Experience Annual Report 2016/17

Our patient experience annual report provides an update on progress made against objectives we have set to improve patient experience.

Prevent Strategy

Our prevent strategy: safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk of radicalisation ensures the safety of children, young people and adults at risk is the responsibility of all staff and at all times. To ensure those children, young people and adults at risk in our community are appropriately identified, supported and referred is core to safeguarding processes.

Quality Account 2017/18

Our Quality Account for 2017/18 shows how we measured our progress against the quality improvement priorities we set ourselves last year, as documented in our Quality Account 2016/17. You can also see what quality improvement goals we have set ourselves for this year, how we plan to achieve them and how we will measure and report on our progress. You can also view the latest Quality Account on the NHS Choices website.

For our key achievements and goals set for 2018/19 please view our quality report summary.

Quality Improvement Plan

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s Quality Improvement Plan (Year 4) sets out the trust’s high level actions for achieving quality improvements in 2014/19. Within the QIP there are priorities identified from the CQC recommendations, and priorities identified from local information and national enquiries. There are more detailed plans underlying each action which are being taken forward by a variety of groups within the organisation. The overall progress of the QIP is being overseen by the SCFT Quality Committee which will be asking for evidence that the plan is moving forward within the specified timescales.

Research and Development Strategy

Our Research and Development Strategy sets out how the trust will deliver excellent clinical research at the heart of the community by building and sustaining a vibrant clinical research environment that is robust, cost-effective, nationally competitive, and aligned to local, regional and national priorities.

Risk Management Strategy

Our risk management strategy outlines the overarching governance arrangements for managing risk in the Trust. It outlines the methods and processes for Risk Management including how risk(s) will be identified, assessed, recorded, reviewed and escalated.

Safeguarding Strategy

Our safeguarding strategy sets out the strategic approach to strengthen our arrangements for safeguarding across the Trust over the next 3 years and in the future. It makes clear the roles and responsibilities of all staff to safeguard.

Security Strategy

Our security strategy sets out to fully comply with its statutory and regulatory obligations in regard to the management of security.

Volunteer Strategy

Our volunteer strategy sets out our priorities on how we will embed and grow our volunteer workforce to deliver our trusts vision of ‘excellent care at the heart of the community.’

Workforce Strategy

Our workforce strategy describes how we will create the workforce we need to deliver our vision of 'excellent care at the heart of the community'.

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report

Read the Workforce Race Equality Standards Report. For further information about the Workforce Race Equality Standard please visit NHS England.

United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act (2015)

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is committed to taking steps to comply with the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act (2015) to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of our supply chains or in any part of our own business.

To protect workers from modern slavery we undertake pre-employment checks for all people being recruited, including that they have the required legal documents to verify their identity and right to work in the United Kingdom. We use staff from agencies on approved frameworks, which are audited to provide assurance that pre-employment clearance has been obtained for agency staff. We also apply professional codes of conduct and practice relating to procurement and supply, including through our Procurement Team’s membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Our commitment to ensure no modern slavery or human trafficking related to our business is set out in our purchase orders. To identify and mitigate the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in NHS supply chains, the NHS Terms and Conditions of Contract requires that all suppliers comply with the provisions of the Act and the ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’ for the NHS Supply Chain or NHS Supply Chain frameworks. This includes a provision concerning forced labour. If we became aware of a supplier involved in the process of modern slavery, then we would alert the authorities in that area to express a concern to the local safeguarding teams and police.

Board Reports

See reports from the Public Board meetings

Board Expenses 2018/2019

Reports in other formats

Email the Communications Department for a printed, large print or taped copy of our annual report and accounts.

The Trust offers translations of all essential leaflets in all major languages, plus Braille, easy read, large print and audio formats. Please ask your clinical team for this material.