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. This is an exciting opportunity for us to deliver our vision of excellent care at the heart of the community to a wider Sussex population.
Our proposal sets out a new way of working in partnership with other local healthcare providers, under the banner of Sussex Healthcare Alliance. We will be the Prime Provider in this alliance, with other members including Age UK, Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Services, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Together we will deliver healthcare solutions for local people, empowering people to make their own choices about what care options will work best for them. Our aim is to bring more care from hospital into the community, closer to where people live, and where most people prefer to be cared for. Specifically for patients it means:
Paula Head, chief executive said, “I am delighted that SCT has been successful in this bid. Patient care is at the heart of what we do as a community trust and this is an exciting opportunity to extend our services to a wider Sussex population. We have innovative plans to work in partnership to ensure the very best services are available. Our vision is for people to experience excellent, localised, seamless healthcare and we look forward to working with the CCG to make this a reality for people in the High Weald Lewes Havens area.”
We want to make sure we get this right for patients, and therefore the new service will be introduced in phases. We plan for the first small developments to go live 22 October 2015 and we will work closely with HWLH CCG at every stage, keeping partners, patients, staff and other stakeholders informed along the way.
In the meantime patients should continue to use services in the same way and talk to their GP about their health needs in the first instance.