Have your say - current opportunities

We are committed to working with our patients and the public as partners. We are also committed to putting patients and the public at the heart of all we do; we want patients and local people to be directly involved in our work, helping us to shape local health services.

Here are some current opportunities to have your say: 

Improving mental health services in West Sussex

Working with you to improve mental health in West Sussex: we want people in West Sussex to get the best possible care if they are struggling with their mental health.

To make sure this happens, the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in West Sussex and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are working together on plans to improve mental health services in the area.

Now, we want to hear from you. Visit the dedicated online area to find our more, join a local event, and have your say.

Commissioning reform discussions

The NHS Long Term Plan outlines how the NHS will change in the future, including a fundamental shift in how CCGs will work and how future commissioning will be carried out. 

We are currently discussing with our CCG Governing Bodies proposals to merge our organisations into new commissioning bodies in line with the footprints of the local authority boundaries across Sussex and Surrey.

This involves Coastal West Sussex, Crawley and Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs merging to become one CCG for West Sussex.

We want to provide opportunities for people to find out more about these proposed changes and how it will improve how we work.

We have planned a number of discussion sessions across Sussex, where you will hear about these changes from our Clinical and Commissioning Leads, ask questions and make suggestions for our aim of working more collaboratively with our partners.

You are very welcome to attend any of the events below. Please use the links to reserve your place:

If you cannot attend, please do let us know if you would like someone to come to your organisation or group to talk through the changes.

If you have any questions, please contact us: hwlhccg.engagement@nhs.net

Help ambulance service shape patient experience strategy

South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb), is inviting people to help shape a new Patient Experience Strategy.

The Trust is keen to ensure it further develops its service to be responsive and tailored to patient needs and wants people to tell it what matters to them most in relation to their experience of NHS services.

People are invited to take a few moments to complete a short questionnaire.

The responses will help guide the strategy which will be delivered over the next five years.

The Trust is also planning on holding three engagement events where those attending will be asked for more in-depth feedback on how SECAmb can improve patient experience.

The meetings will be held at the following locations:

  • Monday, 15 July – Gatwick Holiday Inn 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday, 23 July – Maidstone Hilton 9.30am - 1 .00pm
  • Friday, 2 August – Guildford Holiday Inn 9.30am – 1.00pm

Places are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone interested in attending or finding our more can express their interest in the questionnaire.

Anyone wishing to complete a paper form should please contact the Trust’s patient experience team on 0300 123 0999. They will arrange for a paper form to be sent which can be returned free of charge.

The questionnaire will be available to complete until Friday 2 August.

New surveys for LGBTQ people affected by cancer and their professional support

Switchboard is partnering with Macmillan Cancer Support to launch two surveys to help learn about the experiences and needs of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or any other gender or sexual minority) people living with cancer in Sussex or East Surrey. This includes people who are going through treatment, approaching the end of treatment or who have finished treatment.

This project aims to understand any particular challenges faced by LGBTQ people living with cancer and learn about any resources that they find helpful. As a result of this research we will make recommendations about how Macmillan and partners can improve experiences for LGBTQ people living with cancer in Sussex and East Surrey.

This work builds on and widens the findings of our earlier report carried out in Brighton and Hove only: LGBTQ People affected by Cancer Report 2018.

Readers' group

Are you interested in ‘proofing’ draft documentation for the CCG?

We currently have a small group of ‘readers’ who regularly review letters and leaflets and offer suggestions on how these can be more ‘patient friendly’.

If you would like more information about becoming one of our readers please contact Vicky Smart on 01903 708411 or at vickysmart1@nhs.net.