Ayiesha Adderley
NHS heart failure team in Brighton picks up regional award
30 March 2018

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust heart failure teams pick up regional award

A TEAM of NHS heart failure specialists in Brighton and Hove has been recognised as the 'top performing' community team in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Two heart failure teams from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) picked up awards at a regional event, held by the Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) and supported by the British Heart Foundation.

The Trust's heart failure teams visit people at home and work towards reducing hospital admissions, keeping in contact with patients, giving advice and education to help people manage their conditions and spot the early signs of heart failure. 

Both teams were praised by KSS AHSN for seeing patients quickly - within two weeks of a referral.

The Brighton and Hove team won ‘top performing’ community service team and the Trust’s Central team (Crawley, Haywards Heath and Horsham) won ‘most improved’.

In Brighton and Hove they introduced a tool to compare health data across hospital and community services to identify good practice and reduce variation in the quality of heart failure services.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of SCFT, said: “We are really proud of what our heart failure teams have achieved. It’s great to see them being recognised across the region and shows the value that community NHS services can have, keeping people healthy and out of hospital."

Find out more about the heart failure service here.

Team lead, Ayiesha Adderly (pictured), collected the awards on behalf of the Brighton and Hove service.