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Transforming local health and social care

East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) is the joint 150-week programme to transform local NHS health and social care and meet the challenges of the future.

Led by East Sussex County Council and the county’s three NHS clinical commissioning groups, ESBT is developing a fully-integrated local health and social care system that ensures patients receive proactive, joined-up care, supporting them to live as independently as possible and achieving the best outcomes.

Taking in all aspects of our health and social care system, the programme has an emphasis on enabling local people to live healthy and independent lives, preventing illness and providing coordinated and individual care. This means greater investment in integrated, community-based health and social care, and good access hospital care when it is needed.

The current main areas of work for ESBT, which launched in August 2014, include:

  • Development of integrated community health and social care teams around localities.
  • Providing streamlined points of access for health and social care services.
  • GP-led access for urgent care and support.
  • Healthy living and wellbeing (including helping people to manage long-term conditions).

Regular monthly East Sussex Better Together updates are available at the three CCG websites so click on your local one below:
Eastbourne Hailsham & Seaford CCG

Hastings & Rother CCG

High Weald Lewes Havens CCG

Health and Wellbeing Website for Young Carers Launched

Created by young people for young people, the Rise Above website aims to build emotional resilience in individuals aged 11 to 16 by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up. It also encourages conversations about the key health and wellbeing issues that affect teens and young people.
‘Rise Above’ tackles topics that young people are most concerned about, such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health.

Welfare Reform

Benefits Advice Continues in East Sussex
The East Sussex Welfare Reform project, funded by East Sussex County Council Supporting People, is now in its second year. The project continues to offer free, confidential, quality assured benefits advice to all working age people living in East Sussex. Advice can be given by phone, face to face or in some circumstances, home visits. In the last quarter alone (October – December 2014) our helpline received over 1000 calls and our team of Benefits Advisors helped over 400 people resolve their benefit problems, including help with appeals. We are delighted to announce that Supporting People have agreed to fund these services for another year until 31st March 2016.

Building Links with the Health Sector

In summer 2014 the Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a £5m Health Inequalities Action Plan to tackle poor health in the area. The plan recognises the negative impact that experiencing problems with benefits can have on health, particularly amongst older people, people with long term conditions (including mental health) and young families. East Sussex Welfare Reform has begun working in partnership with Hastings and Rother CCG to ensure all GPs and other healthcare professionals in Hastings and Rother can refer patients experiencing benefit problems to the services for support.
This work will include offering training or awareness-raising of the Welfare Reform services amongst GPs, practice staff and other healthcare professionals and offering benefits advice surgeries in healthcare settings in Hastings and Rother.

Enhanced Hastings and Rother Service
Funding from Hastings and Rother CCG also means that from 1st January 2015, ALL people living in Hastings and Rother will have access to free benefits advice, this includes older people, not just those of working age.

Help for Professionals working with Vulnerable People
Did you know that the Welfare Benefits Helpline also supports professionals in East Sussex with benefits queries? We frequently work with front line staff within the public and voluntary sector to help resolve problems for clients, for example Mental Health, Adult Social Care and Children’s Services teams along with food banks, carer’s organisations and community support groups. We welcome calls or emails from service providers.
Ring the Welfare Benefits Helpline on 0333 344 0681 or email
For any further information please contact the Project Coordinator Nicky Woollard on 01273 519140 or email


Shaping Health and Social Care Services

We are pleased to provide some details for our spring events Shaping Health and Social Care Services and we hope that you will be able to join us on one of the dates. These events will continue to build on the East Sussex Better Together programme of work and will bring together colleagues from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and East Sussex County Council. More detail about the events will follow soon.
We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your organisations, groups and networks.
There will of course be some local focus on each CCG area but if you are unable to attend the date in your area, you are welcome to join any of the events. They are open to local organisations, groups and members of the public.
It is important to reserve your place so that we can manage capacity at the venues. To book and for more information about access to the venues, parking and travel expenses, click on the links below:
Hastings & Rother CCG area
21 April
10.30am – 1pm
Cooden Beach Hotel, Cooden Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea, TN39 4TT
Click here to book.

Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG area
19 May, 2.30pm – 5pm Wealden Civic Hall, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX
Click here to book.

High Weald Lewes Havens CCG areaDate to be confirmed very soon.

Hidden Young Carers – FREE Event – Wednesday 22nd April 2015

9.30am-12.30pm at BPE Business Connections 8-9 The Business Suite, The Old Print Works, 20 Wharf Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3AW

This event is for professionals working in Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Social Care, Early Help, Health and Education. An opportunity to gain an understanding of hidden Young carers, how the Care Act and the Children & Young Families Act will impact on your role and how East Sussex Young Carers can help.

Includes workshops, market stalls and networking opportunities.

Please contact us to book your place, secure a market stall or to find out more.
0300 777 2011


Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) courses in East Sussex starting in May 2015.

Coastal Wellbeing delivers WRAP for:

  • Carers – courses starting soon in Hastings and Hailsham
  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery – courses starting soon in Eastbourne, Hastings and Newhaven
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – courses starting soon in Eastbourne, Brighton, Hastings and Lewes

To find out more about these projects and course details please click on the links above. or contact
Molly is on 07507 734 370 or
Lucy is on 07598 323 254 or


East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children’s Board – The safeguarding of children is everyone’s business, everyone’s responsibility.

Do you want to help keep children safe in East Sussex? East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) wants to recruit a new lay member to it’s Board.

Could you:

  • Act as an independent, informed observer; able to ask questions others might not think of asking?
  • Help the LSCB link with local community and voluntary groups?
  • Encourage our community to become involved in child safety issues?
  • Provide constructive challenge to the LSCB on its work?

If you would like to hear more, hear the facts from all sides, question the professionals, help shape policy and reflect your community in East Sussex, why not consider applying to be a Lay Member on the East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board? The role of the Lay Member is to act as an ambassador for, and help build stronger ties between, the LSCB and the local community. The LSCB is responsible for ensuring that all agencies work together to help protect children. This is a voluntary role but travel and subsistence are reimbursed if required.

Further information about the LSCB and the Lay Member role can be found here.

To request an application pack, or to ask any questions about the role, please email Victoria Jones, LSCB Business Manager on or
Closing date for applications: 8 May 2015
Interview: 22 May 2015