Sussex Health and Care Partnership

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership is made up of 21 partners all working together to meet the changing needs of the people in Sussex.

Our partners include local authorities, health and care providers and clinical commissioning groups. It is the first time the partner organisation have all worked together in this way and gives a unique opportunity to bring about significant improvements in health and care over the next five years, over and above the improvements that are already taking place in the local area.

The Partnership is not a statutory body, organisation, or a single separate plan. It is a way of making sure that the partners’ plans are joined up and working together.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

As one of the key workstreams in Sussex health and care partnership’s mental health programme we bring together organisations to deliver a programme of work that directly contributes to the prevention of suicide and self harm.

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What are your current priorities?

The programme has 5 key workstreams:

– A social marketing campaign aimed at middle aged men and the influencers of middle aged men such as partners, friends, work colleagues.  The campaign will be launched in April 2020.

– Suicide prevention training with a particular focus on primary care staff, armed forces personnel and workplaces

– Bereavement support

– Self harm support in A&E

– An innovation fund to be launched January 2020 aimed at funding new and emerging programmes designed to prevent suicide and reduce self harm

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What challenges are you currently facing?

There are always  challenges when working across different organisations and geographic boundaries. However within the organisations that make up Sussex Health and Care Partnership there is an enormous amount of talented and hard working people who have the professionalism, talent, enthusiasm and goodwill to support us in reaching our aim of reducing the rate of suicide in Sussex.

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