Richard quirk

Dr Richard Quirk
Medical Director

The NHS turning 70 is a poignant reminder of the care delivered over many generations that we should all be grateful for.

We turn to the NHS and its wonderful dedicated staff at some of the most challenging times of our lives, and to have this kind of care offered to us for free is something we should never take for granted.

Do I have an NHS hero? No, because we have 5,000 of them already working for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT).

At one point or another in your life, you will come under the care of the NHS and I personally can’t think of anyone I know who hasn’t. I’ve heard so much positive feedback from patients about staff they’ve been in contact with, and this is all because of our brilliant employees that make the NHS what it is.

SCFT in particular, has a great set of values that everyone works towards. Our staff put compassionate care and a patient’s needs at the heart of everything they do. Staff in the Trust work together in a respectful and professional way, and this is something that definitely doesn’t go unnoticed by patients. 

The focus for the Trust looking forward should see community care working closely with our colleagues in primary care - GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists and opticians. SCFT will be called upon in the next few months and years to respond to the challenges of the health and social care system in Sussex, so we’ll need to be ready.