Redesign Inpatient Services: East Sussex

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What we are consulting on

We want to improve mental health inpatient services in East Sussex for adults, older people, and those living with dementia. We are consulting on the first phase of a long-term programme.

In this first stage of the programme we want to:

Move mental health inpatient services, which are currently provided at the Department of Psychiatry in Eastbourne District General Hospital, to new facilities to be built on a different site.

A move would:

  • remove out-dated dormitory accommodation, replacing the current shared wards with individual rooms, each with ensuite bathrooms
  • provide a modern and improved therapeutic environment for patients, and
  • create enough capacity to meet future inpatient needs

The number of mental health inpatient beds in East Sussex would stay the same in the short term but could increase or change in the future to meet growing demand.

Doing all this means we could improve further the care and support we provide for people with mental health needs and would also help us care for people in the more appropriate place.

As part of this consultation we are seeking views on this proposal to move these services.

We are also asking for views on what is the best site for the new facilities.

The services could be relocated to one of two sites:

  • A greenfield site off Mount View Street, North east Bexhill, Bexhill-on-Sea, or
  • Amberstone Hospital, near Hailsham.

The Bexhill site is our preferred option.

Please see Working with you to improve mental health in East Sussex: consultation document for all the background information. A BSL summary version is also available.

Then, either complete our online questionnaire or request a hard copy, which you can fill in and send to us in the Freepost envelope provided. To request a hard copy you can email your name and address to eastsussex.mh@nhs.net or call 0300 304 0330.



Working with you to improve inpatient mental health services in East Sussex

We want everyone across Sussex to benefit from safe, effective and high quality mental health services whenever they need them.

For the last few years, the NHS in Sussex has taken a co-ordinated approach to investing in mental health services to transform the way people receive treatment, both in our hospitals and in the community.

This Sussex-wide approach includes everyone involved in delivering mental healthcare locally and all organisations such as local authorities and the voluntary sector. This approach supports the long-term ambitions for the future of mental health services set out by the NHS nationally.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this work even more important because it is likely to generate increasing demand for services over the coming years. This means we must carefully plan how to meet that growing demand while making sure we make the best use of our resources to provide excellent care.

One area that we need to address urgently is the quality of our inpatient mental health services across East Sussex. That is, how we care for people needing to stay in hospital to support their mental health care needs.

While we work hard to make sure our patients receive the right quality of care, we know that we need to make bigger improvements to deliver that care to an even higher standard in the future.

To help achieve this, we have developed proposals to address the challenges we have with some of our hospital buildings in East Sussex. These proposals are the focus of this public consultation.

In developing the proposals, we have spoken directly to people who use our services, their carers and families, Healthwatch East Sussex, the local voluntary and community sector, members of our communities who experience health inequalities – as well as GPs and other health care professionals.

Their feedback helped us refine our proposals so that we are now confident that they give us the best opportunity to meet the challenges we face to provide the best quality care for all our patients, now and for years to come.

We hope you will take the time to join us in this work and help to shape the way we support people with mental health needs across our local communities.

Further information on how to get involved

You can give your feedback on the consultation in a number of ways:

  • Via an online questionnaire: https://www.opinionresearch.co.uk/eastsussexmh - please take time to read the consultation document before completing the questionnaire as it will provide you with the details of our proposals. It can be found in the useful documents section on the right side of this page.
  • Via a printed questionnaire – simply fill in the questionnaire included in the consultation document and post it using the freepost envelope provided. To request a copy of the document you can email your name and address to: esxccg.eastsussex.mh@nhs.net or call 0300 304 0330.
  • The questionnaire will be available in community languages and British Sign Language (BSL) and will be shred through interpreting services.
  • At online and face-to-face engagement events, the dates and timings of which will be published on this website and shared via community groups, social media and ways. These events will be subject to the latest government guidance on social distancing.
  • Deaf BSL users can share their views by using the free SignLive app that connects them to a qualified British Sign Language interpreter.

All the questions are optional, and all information you provide will be processed by Opinion Research Services (ORS) in accordance with latest Data Protection legislation. Information will only be used to inform this consultation and any personal information that could identify you will be kept for no more than one year after any decisions have been finalised.

Online Public Meetings

The consultation launched on Monday 14 June and we are now inviting you to join one of our virtual public meetings to hear more about our plans and have the opportunity to ask questions. To sign up to one of the events below please follow the link to Eventbrite and we will send you confirmation with the link to join ahead of the meeting. Alternatively please call us on 0300 304 0330 if you require support with signing up.

Redesign Inpatient Services: East Sussex – Event One – 18.00 to 20.00, Thursday 15th July 2021. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redesign-inpatient-services-east-sussex-event-one-tickets-161493153369

Redesign Inpatient Services: East Sussex – Event Two – 10.00 to 12.00, Saturday 24th July 2021. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redesign-inpatient-services-east-sussex-event-two-tickets-161516258477

Redesign Inpatient Services: East Sussex – Event Three – 18.00 to 20.00, Tuesday 24th August 2021. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redesign-inpatient-services-east-sussex-event-three-tickets-165905863905

Further events will be added and we are also running focus groups and interviews. Please contact esxccg.eastsussex.mh@nhs.net if you would like to get involved.

For further information, please see;

www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/how-we-use-your-information

https://www.eastsussexccg.nhs.uk/about-us/your-information-and-how-we-use-it/

www.ors.org.uk/privacy



What we are consulting on

We want to improve mental health inpatient services in East Sussex for adults, older people, and those living with dementia. We are consulting on the first phase of a long-term programme.

In this first stage of the programme we want to:

Move mental health inpatient services, which are currently provided at the Department of Psychiatry in Eastbourne District General Hospital, to new facilities to be built on a different site.

A move would:

  • remove out-dated dormitory accommodation, replacing the current shared wards with individual rooms, each with ensuite bathrooms
  • provide a modern and improved therapeutic environment for patients, and
  • create enough capacity to meet future inpatient needs

The number of mental health inpatient beds in East Sussex would stay the same in the short term but could increase or change in the future to meet growing demand.

Doing all this means we could improve further the care and support we provide for people with mental health needs and would also help us care for people in the more appropriate place.

As part of this consultation we are seeking views on this proposal to move these services.

We are also asking for views on what is the best site for the new facilities.

The services could be relocated to one of two sites:

  • A greenfield site off Mount View Street, North east Bexhill, Bexhill-on-Sea, or
  • Amberstone Hospital, near Hailsham.

The Bexhill site is our preferred option.

Please see Working with you to improve mental health in East Sussex: consultation document for all the background information. A BSL summary version is also available.

Then, either complete our online questionnaire or request a hard copy, which you can fill in and send to us in the Freepost envelope provided. To request a hard copy you can email your name and address to eastsussex.mh@nhs.net or call 0300 304 0330.



Working with you to improve inpatient mental health services in East Sussex

We want everyone across Sussex to benefit from safe, effective and high quality mental health services whenever they need them.

For the last few years, the NHS in Sussex has taken a co-ordinated approach to investing in mental health services to transform the way people receive treatment, both in our hospitals and in the community.

This Sussex-wide approach includes everyone involved in delivering mental healthcare locally and all organisations such as local authorities and the voluntary sector. This approach supports the long-term ambitions for the future of mental health services set out by the NHS nationally.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this work even more important because it is likely to generate increasing demand for services over the coming years. This means we must carefully plan how to meet that growing demand while making sure we make the best use of our resources to provide excellent care.

One area that we need to address urgently is the quality of our inpatient mental health services across East Sussex. That is, how we care for people needing to stay in hospital to support their mental health care needs.

While we work hard to make sure our patients receive the right quality of care, we know that we need to make bigger improvements to deliver that care to an even higher standard in the future.

To help achieve this, we have developed proposals to address the challenges we have with some of our hospital buildings in East Sussex. These proposals are the focus of this public consultation.

In developing the proposals, we have spoken directly to people who use our services, their carers and families, Healthwatch East Sussex, the local voluntary and community sector, members of our communities who experience health inequalities – as well as GPs and other health care professionals.

Their feedback helped us refine our proposals so that we are now confident that they give us the best opportunity to meet the challenges we face to provide the best quality care for all our patients, now and for years to come.

We hope you will take the time to join us in this work and help to shape the way we support people with mental health needs across our local communities.

Further information on how to get involved

You can give your feedback on the consultation in a number of ways:

  • Via an online questionnaire: https://www.opinionresearch.co.uk/eastsussexmh - please take time to read the consultation document before completing the questionnaire as it will provide you with the details of our proposals. It can be found in the useful documents section on the right side of this page.
  • Via a printed questionnaire – simply fill in the questionnaire included in the consultation document and post it using the freepost envelope provided. To request a copy of the document you can email your name and address to: esxccg.eastsussex.mh@nhs.net or call 0300 304 0330.
  • The questionnaire will be available in community languages and British Sign Language (BSL) and will be shred through interpreting services.
  • At online and face-to-face engagement events, the dates and timings of which will be published on this website and shared via community groups, social media and ways. These events will be subject to the latest government guidance on social distancing.
  • Deaf BSL users can share their views by using the free SignLive app that connects them to a qualified British Sign Language interpreter.

All the questions are optional, and all information you provide will be processed by Opinion Research Services (ORS) in accordance with latest Data Protection legislation. Information will only be used to inform this consultation and any personal information that could identify you will be kept for no more than one year after any decisions have been finalised.

Online Public Meetings

The consultation launched on Monday 14 June and we are now inviting you to join one of our virtual public meetings to hear more about our plans and have the opportunity to ask questions. To sign up to one of the events below please follow the link to Eventbrite and we will send you confirmation with the link to join ahead of the meeting. Alternatively please call us on 0300 304 0330 if you require support with signing up.

Redesign Inpatient Services: East Sussex – Event One – 18.00 to 20.00, Thursday 15th July 2021. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redesign-inpatient-services-east-sussex-event-one-tickets-161493153369

Redesign Inpatient Services: East Sussex – Event Two – 10.00 to 12.00, Saturday 24th July 2021. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redesign-inpatient-services-east-sussex-event-two-tickets-161516258477

Redesign Inpatient Services: East Sussex – Event Three – 18.00 to 20.00, Tuesday 24th August 2021. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redesign-inpatient-services-east-sussex-event-three-tickets-165905863905

Further events will be added and we are also running focus groups and interviews. Please contact esxccg.eastsussex.mh@nhs.net if you would like to get involved.

For further information, please see;

www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/how-we-use-your-information

https://www.eastsussexccg.nhs.uk/about-us/your-information-and-how-we-use-it/

www.ors.org.uk/privacy



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