There are lots of ways you can find out more and have your say on the future shape of health and care services across Sussex and East Surrey.
One of the best ways to hear about what is happening in your area and get involved is through your local clinical commissioning group (CCG). CCGs are the partners within the STP with the responsibility for ensuring that local people’s views are taken into account in the development of health and care services.
Many of the elements of the STP, such as East Sussex Better Together, the mental health workstream and Brighton and Hove’s ‘Caring Together’ programme are built on on-going engagement. For example, in Coastal West Sussex, the ‘Our NHS’ programme has involved more than 1,000 local people in thinking about how health and care services can meet the challenges they face. And in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex plans are being built on what was heard during the ‘Five Communities’ project.
Building on some recent events specifically about the STP in Brighton and Hove, we are planning to hold similar events in all CCG areas over the coming months to give people the chance to hear more about the STP and raise any questions or comments. These events will be widely publicised, with more details also available on this website, in due course.
As our work streams gather pace, we will also being involving patients, public, staff and carers in shaping the plans that emerge. At present, none of the plans that make up the STP include any proposals to change services that would require formal consultation. Should such proposals emerge, we would continue to involve local people, with full formal consultation where appropriate.