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Join our Chichester event to input into proposals to improve mental health in West Sussex

Wednesday 7th August, 2019

People living in and around Chichester are invited to an NHS event to input into proposals to improve the quality and safety of mental health services for adults, older people and those living with dementia.

The proposals have been developed over many months by the three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in West Sussex and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, following input and feedback from doctors, specialists, service users and staff. They 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.

The first in a series of four public meetings to have your say on the proposals is being held in Chichester on Tuesday 13 August, 5pm – 7pm at Edes House, Richmond Room, 27 West Street, PO19 1RN. To come along, book your place online, email us on: westsussex.mh@nhs.net or call us on: 0300 304 0330 (local rates apply).

Two British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters will be present at the event and the venue has level access and an assessable toilet. If those wishing to attend have any other additional requirements to allow them to join the event, please let us know in advance. 

Further meetings will happen in:

  • Worthing - Chatsworth Hotel, The Steyne, Worthing, BN11 3DU on Monday 19 August, 6-8pm
  • Horsham - The Holbrook Club,  North Heath Lane, Horsham RH12 5PJ on Tuesday 20 August, 2-4pm
  • Crawley - The Charis Centre, The Green, Crawley, RH11 7EL on Wednesday 4 September, 2-4pm

A public consultation on the proposals launched on 17 July 2019 for a 12 week period. There are a range of other ways that people can get involved, including an online survey (available both in hard copy and online) available here and smaller events for organisations representing service users, carers and those with an interest in these proposals will be also be held. Anyone who wants to arrange a face-to-face meeting can contact the consultation team on the details below.

All of the consultation documents, including business planning documents, are published online for information. The consultation will close on Friday 11 October and 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.

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

  • Calling – 01903 707447
  • Emailing – contactus.coastal@nhs.net
  • Writing to – Communications Team, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, 1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT