Discharge to Assess (Brighton & Hove)

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About the service

Discharge to Assess is a new service in Brighton and Hove offering a short-term package of tailored support and accommodation to people ready to leave mental health inpatient settings. The service is a pilot project (extended until March 2022) being delivered by Southdown in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Venture People.

Discharge to Assess offers a managed transition for people from the hospital setting to the community for those who no longer need the higher levels of support and supervision provided on the ward.

Clients are housed in self-contained, furnished accommodation and receive a tailored one-to-one six-week package of support as they transition. Floating Support Officers assist clients to rebuild connections with their wider community, offer support and advocacy in managing ongoing mental health issues and assist them in exploring their longer term accommodation options.

Gareth Liley, Team Manager of our Homeless Prevention and Mental Health Support Service in Brighton and Hove, has been involved in establishing the project; he says:

“It’s been an exciting project to be involved in which we hope will be successful in easing the transition for people from hospital settings to living independently in the local community.

The initial feedback we have received from our clients has been overwhelmingly positive and we are all excited to see how we can support them over the coming weeks to achieve their aspirations and goals.”

At Southdown we are committed to supporting people whilst keeping both our clients and staff safe by practicing good infection control. You can read our latest Covid-19 statement here.


How to access

Referrals for this service come from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information about this pilot service, please contact Penny Marlow (pathway Coordinator) via email or phone; contact details are at the bottom of this page.


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Contact Details

Penny Marlow
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Pathway Coordinator
07817 177036