Date: 16 December 2022
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has become one of the first NHS organisations to launch an Impact Report outlining the social impact that we are having within our local communities.
The report measures how SCFT is delivering social value across an innovative set of purpose-led measures known as the Purpose Goals.
The Goals are the UK’s first social impact framework designed to focus efforts on driving equality of opportunity and social mobility at key life stages. Launched by former Education Secretary Rt Hon Justine Greening, they are now used by organisations across the public and private sectors.
The Impact Report highlights a number of key areas where SCFT is leading the way. These include:
As well as benchmarking SCFT’s current activity, the report also identifies areas where the Trust can go further in its work.
As part of the report former Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships Rt Hon Anne Milton visited the Trust to see first-hand the work detailed within the report:
Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Said: “We welcomed Rt Hon Anne Milton to our Brighton site to talk to a number of our apprentices across the trust. Anne and I were able to speak to apprentices in our nursery, finance team and estates and facilities. We also spoke to some of our clinical staff in allied health professions and nursing. What’s great about this is we’re really widening access to a range of people to come and have great careers here at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. We are delighted to launch our Impact Report in partnership with the Purpose Health Coalition which will give us a great action plan to go further and faster for the future.”
Anne Milton, Chair of the Purpose Health Coalition said: “We had a fantastic day at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. It was brilliant to meet the staff, young apprentices and people on Kickstart programmes to hear their inspiring stories. What is striking about Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is how committed they are to spreading opportunities to get on the career ladder.
“I talked to people from a huge variety of backgrounds, whether they left school without any qualifications or they’ve done an undergraduate degree, that thought this would never have been possible before. Hearing them say what a rewarding job it is working in the NHS, not just in clinical roles, but also from estates management to the kitchens. These are people who are committed to making sure Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust does the job it needs to do.”
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is a key member of the Purpose Health Coalition joining a pioneering group of UK universities, businesses and public sector organisations forming The Purpose Coalition - aiming to set a new and higher standard on boosting social mobility in the UK.
You can learn more about the Purpose Coalition at www.fit-for-purpose.org