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Do you want to influence the future of our local NHS? Have you got ideas of how we can make health and care more affordable? How can we prioritise what we need to focus on most to make health and care better for everyone?

Local people and clinical staff are being asked to help answer these questions and more in a series of engagement events across Sussex and East Surrey.

You are invited to join the discussion on the future for health and care services, and to help us prioritise changes and improvements that need to be made to ensure our populations continue to have the best possible care.

With the NHS Long-term plan now published, now is the right time for us to talk with our communities about what the areas are that we need to focus on to ensure services remain sustainable and right for patients. These discussions will build on what we have already heard through our “Big Health and Care Conversation” across the area, and help us think about how we use the available money for health and care in the best possible way: “We can do anything, but not everything”.

Our discussions will be focused on the FUTURE of health and care:

Facing up to our challenges

Understanding Need

Transforming services

Unwarranted variation – ensuring this does not happen

Resources and how we use them most effectively

Equity of access and care for our diverse population

We have a number of opportunities to join our discussions in person, and we will also be producing an online survey, in order to hear from as many people as we can. You can read more about Our Health and Care Our FUTURE here >>

Our Population Health Check

The NHS has published a ‘long-term plan’ (https://www.england.nhs.uk/long-term-plan/)  that sets out the priorities and ambitions for the years ahead to make sure the NHS continues to provide high quality care across the country. Local organisations have been asked to work together as part of health and care systems to develop their own plans by autumn 2019 which will set out how the national long-term plan will work across local areas. 

To help develop the local plan, doctors, specialists and clinicians have come together across Sussex and East Surrey to develop a ‘Population Health Check’ (or read the summary here) They have looked at clinical evidence, patient experience and local population information and given a diagnosis of what needs to change from their expert point of view. 

They have found that 75% of deaths and disabilities across our local area are caused by five conditions – cancer, circulation and respiratory disease, diabetes, bone and joint conditions, and mental health conditions – and these cause the biggest impact on services. 

The Population Health Check sets out priority areas that we need to focus on to allow services to better meet the needs of our population: 

  • Looking at new ways to treat and care for more people
  • Looking at how our staff can work more effectively
  • Supporting people to manage their own health and care better
  • Supporting people to make the right lifestyle choices
  • Reducing unjustified differences in treatment and care
  • Providing services closer to home with good communication and co-ordination

We want a better understanding of the needs of our population and will be doing this by speaking and hearing from local people over the months ahead. 

Join an event near you

To book a place at any of our discussions, please follow the links below:

  • 5 February:  Clair Hall, Haywards Health, 2-4 pm



  • 6 February:  Brighthelm Church and Community Centre, Brighton,  9.30–11.30 am



  • 13 February:  Uckfield Civic Centre, 9.30–11.30 am



  • 14 February:  Baptist Church, Reigate  2-4 pm



  • 20 February: Charis Centre, Crawley 10–12 pm



  • 13 March: Manor Barn, Bexhill 2-4 pm 



  • 15 March: Hailsham Civic Centre, Hailsham 10-12 pm 



  • 19 March: The Barn, Worthing 5-7 pm 



  • 20 March: Assembly Room, Chichester, 10-12 pm



  • 27 March: The Grange, Midhurst, 2-4pm



To find out more, please email: csesca.engagement@nhs.net