Discharge to Assess (Brighton & Hove)
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 end September 2021) 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 and will be overseeing delivery of the service throughout its pilot phase until the end of September 2021.
Gareth 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.”
Coronavirus Statement (19th July 2021 - Step 4 update)
At Southdown, we’re heeding the advice to proceed with caution and there will be no changes to our office and community work arrangements across the organisation until September at the earliest. This includes the continuation of social distancing and wearing of face coverings for staff and clients. Staff will also continue to take Lateral Flow Tests prior to attending one of our buildings or conducting any in-person work.
We are adhering to social distancing and all Covid-19 safety advice set out by the Government.
We have resumed in person support and are meeting clients outside, or inside Covid safe venues or in a client's home (in certain circumstances). We are also continuing to offer phone support where this is appropriate.
Clients will be contacted prior to support to ask a few COVID safety questions in order to keep both our clients and staff safe.
In accordance with Southdown requirements detailed above, staff will be taking Lateral Flow Tests prior to all in person appointments.
How to access
Referrals for this service come from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
For more information about this pilot service, please contact Gareth Liley (Team Manager) via email or phone; contact details are at the bottom of this page.