PERFORANCE: Sussex Partnership is meeting all its priority service indicators, its board of directors were told this month.

All urgent patients who have been referred by GPs urgently are seen within four hours, while all non-urgent cases are seen within four weeks.

The foundation trust is also treating more patients with psychosis much earlier in their onset of symptoms and ensuring that patients receive care in the most appropriate care settings.

Meanwhile, sickness absence among staff is continuing to fall from around 5 per cent in January to less than 3.5 per cent at present.

Executive director of corporate services Sue Morris said: “The improvement in staff sickness absence rates is particularly encouraging as it appears to be a continuing trend since the winter months and we are working closely with our staff providing support to maintain this progress.”

The trust reported it had achieved the following indicators in May 2011:

  • Seven day follow ups
  • Delayed Transfers of Care
  • Pre assessment of all Inpatient Admissions by the Crisis Teams
  • New cases of psychosis seen by Early Intervention teams
  • Access to Healthcare for people with a Learning Disability
  • Mental Health Minimum Dataset (completeness) and Mental Health Minimum Dataset (Outcomes)
  • All urgent referrals from GPs are seen within four hours.