Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sean Duggan

Long-standing Confed network chief to chair trust


NHS Confederation’s mental health network’s long-standing chief executive is leaving to chair a mental health trust.

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Acting on suicide prevention


While progress is being made, it is essential for all to work together to create hope, strengthen prevention, and achieve zero-suicide ambitions, writes Emily Gibbons

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Where to find the answers to the NHS’s problems


To solve some very significant NHS problems, one place to look is the part of the NHS family outside the formal NHS – social enterprises, writes Richard Taunt

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CEO named for new trust


A chief executive has been named for a new community and mental health trust in the south of England ahead of its planned formation next year.

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Trusts get fourth chair in two years


An interim joint chair has been hired by two trusts on a six-month contract, their third appointment to the role in under two years.

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How trusts are supporting disabled and neurodivergent staff


It is Disability History Month and the perfect time for Oliver Potter to highlight some of the work being done to improve the experience of disabled and neurodivergent staff across the health service.


Just 10 trusts responsible for half of ‘unacceptable’ placements


Just 10 trusts account for more than half of patients ‘inappropriately’ sent out of their area for a mental health bed – with dozens having to travel up to 300km, according to HSJ analysis.

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Trust declares ‘business continuity’ in bid to cut staff costs


A mental health trust has declared a ‘business continuity incident’ in an attempt to help it cut agency staffing and open more beds.

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Trusts face three weeks of ‘very dangerous’ IT disruption after cyber attack


Mental health trusts are facing reduced access to vulnerable patients’ records for at least three weeks after a cyber attack on an NHS IT supplier, HSJ has learned.

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Just four out of 1,100 lone worker alarms being used by trust workforce


A trust which rented 1,100 lone worker alarms has found just four were in use after a year.

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‘Unprecedented numbers’ sent hundreds of miles for a bed


Parts of the country are seeing ‘unprecedented’ numbers of ‘inappropriate’ out of area placements for mental health patients, despite a flagship national ambition to eliminate these cases.


Trust complains of ‘very harsh’ exclusion from national costing report


Fourteen trusts have had their financial data excluded from a national survey of spending due to accounting errors, in a process that one described as ‘very harsh’.

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Provider blames staffing difficulties for closure of specialist unit


A private provider is shutting its specialist unit, with its last patient expected to leave today, sparking warnings about a lack of generic mental health beds.

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The Ward Round: The pandemic's disproportionate toll on female staff


Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, ensures you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping the workforce.

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Exclusive: Key NHS long-term plan target to be missed ‘due to covid’


The NHS is set to miss a major national target to eliminate inappropriate out of area placements within mental health by the end of March, HSJ can reveal.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: MSK Care Initiative of the Year


Ten million people in the UK suffer pain and/or disability from knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Enabling Self-management & Coping with Arthritis Pain using Exercise, ESCAPE-pain, is a rehabilitation programme that combines education, self-management strategies and exercise.

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Covid could scupper female opportunity in NHS, warns senior trust chief


The covid pandemic’s impact represents a ‘’real risk to opportunity’ for the female workforce, a senior trust boss who also chairs a women’s leaders’ network has warned.

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'Sometimes you need a jolt': how covid made going digital urgent


Samantha Allen and Beth Lawton outline how placing digital at the centre of Sussex Partnership’s response to the pandemic has helped it transform services and deliver real benefits to patients and staff

Trust fined £80,000 after it ‘ignored clear evidence’ of threat to patients


A trust has been fined £80,000 following prosecution by the Care Quality Commission for failing to provide safe care.

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Exclusive: Hundreds of patients kept in ‘distressing’ dormitory-style wards


NHS England says the government should consider hundreds of mental health patients who are being treated in “distressing” dormitory-style wards when it determines future capital spending budgets.