West Sussex mental health consultation

West Sussex residents have been invited to take part in a public consultation run by the NHS about proposals to improve the safety and quality of mental health services for adults across the county.

The proposals in the consultation have been developed by three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) across West Sussex and the Sussex Partnership NHS foundation trust.

The plans in the consultation aim to:

  • Provide a higher quality of care by moving services from out-dated, poor quality wards in Chichester and Horsham to safer, more modern wards in Worthing and Crawley
  • Give patients the privacy and dignity they deserve and to meet national standards by making all wards single-sex, and
  • Provide an opportunity to create a centre of excellence in Worthing for people living with dementia which will improve the care for both their mental and physical health needs.

Throughout the consultation period, there will be a range of ways that you can get involved:

  • There will be public events organised for across West Sussex. Dates and locations will be shared on the consultation website, with local partners, and by contacting the consultation team
  • Smaller events for organisations representing service users, carers and those with an interest in these proposals will be also be held
  • All of the consultation documents, including business planning documents, are now published online for information on the consultation website
  • To make it as easy as possible for people to share their views, there is a survey that is available both in hard copy and online.

Full details about how to get involved in the consultation can be found by visiting the following website: https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/west-sussex-consultation

The consultation will close on Friday 11 October 2019 all of the findings will be independently analysed to enable the three CCGs in West Sussex and Sussex Partnership to make a final decision on these services later this year.

The “No Wheelchair Tax” campaign

Currently, 1 in 7 hospitals across England charge for parking – even if you are a blue badge holder.

The number of NHS hospitals that currently charge blue badge holders up to £2.70 an hour to park now stands at 155.

If the current trend continues, in approximately seven years all NHS hospitals in England will charge disabled visitors for parking.

The “No Wheelchair Tax” campaign has been set up to highlight and ultimately bring an end to this practice.

How you can get involved in the campaign

  1. If your local NHS hospital or any NHS hospitals where you receive treatment charge for disabled parking, please write and complain to the hospital’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). You can find more about the PALS by visiting the following website: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/nhs-services-and-treatments/what-is-pals-patient-advice-and-liaison-service/
  2. Send a letter to your local MP and ask them to support the campaign. If you are not sure who that would be, you can find out by visiting the following website:https://www.theyworkforyou.com/
  3. Social Media support: please like, tweet, share and sign up as a supporter of the campaign. You can follow developments on Twitter with the hashtag #NoWheelchairTax
  4. No Wheelchair Tax campaign organisers are working with all the political parties to incorporate the campaign as part of their health policy. If you know of anyone who can help to make this possible, they would love to hear from you!

West Sussex County Council budget 2020/2021

West Sussex County Council, like many other local authorities across the country, continues to face unprecedented financial pressures, mainly due to the increasing demands of social care services, significant reduction in funding from central government and constant uncertainty around future funding.  

Since 2010, the council has made more than £240 million in savings, while having their budget cut by £155 million.

Despite these savings, they still have a budget gap of £127 million to close over the next four years.

To keep residents better informed of the budget setting process, West Sussex County Council have launched a new mini site on their website which you can view by visiting the following link: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/budget-202021/

Human Rights for Mental Health

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has launched a new easy-read document which explains your human rights when you are receiving health and care services related to your mental health.

It gives tips on how to identify whether an issue you have with your care and provides suggestions on how to use a human rights approach to overcome any challenges you may have in this area.

You can view the document by visiting the following link: https://knowyourhumanrights.co.uk/resources/Accessible%20My%20HR%20High%20Res.pdf

You can find out more about your Human Rights by visiting the BIHR website at the following link: https://knowyourhumanrights.co.uk/

Dementia Friendly events happening in Worthing

Dementia Friendly are having a very busy month next month, with events happening all across Worthing and Adur.

To view all the events they’re running or appearing at next month, please view the flyer below: