Southdown win East Sussex contract to transform mental health network


We're delighted to announce we've been awarded a contract to transform non-clinical services for people living with mental health challenges in East Sussex.

Commissioned by East Sussex County Council and local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, the contract involves development of a ‘Community Network’ of recovery support services designed to help people get well, stay well and avoid crisis. It is part of East Sussex Better Together and Connecting 4 You health and care integration programmes.

Neil Blanchard, our Chief Executive, says, “We’re really excited to be part of mental health transformational change in East Sussex and to demonstrate how third sector organisations can work with statutory services to develop new innovative ways of working to meet local needs and pressures.”   

The ‘Community Network’ includes eight existing mental health centres (in Hailsham, Bexhill, Uckfield, Crowborough, Newhaven, Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings) and specialist Peer Support, delivered by people with lived experience of mental health to enable people to think differently about their condition, take control of their mental health and recover. A new service called Safe Space will also be developed, which will offer extended out of hours support in Hastings and Eastbourne.

Kenny Mackay, Strategic Commissioning Manager for Mental Health at East Sussex County Council, says, “Southdown will develop a range of services to help people in East Sussex access support early, when and where they need it. A range of support options will be available in local communities to help people build resilience and self-manage their conditions. The Community Network will also work closely with clinical services provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, hospitals, GPs and specialist health services, focusing on enabling people to access support early and, where possible, avoid mental health crisis.”   

Nahar Choudhury, our Director of Community Support Services, added, For many, recovery is about staying in control of their life despite experiencing mental health challenges. The Community Network of recovery services will help people to develop the skills, confidence, social inclusion and resilience to do this.”

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Pictured: Nahar Choudhury (far left) pictured with colleagues at Southdown who are working on the new contract.