Discharge to Assess
About the service
The Discharge to Assess service in Brighton and Hove offers a short-term package of tailored support and accommodation to people ready to leave mental health inpatient settings. The service is delivered by Southdown in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
People who no longer need the higher levels of support and supervision provided on the ward, are offered a six-week tailored package of one-to-one support to transition from their inpatient setting, back into their own accommodation and the community. Where needed, Southdown will also provide temporary self-contained, furnished accommodation to support the client’s transition.
Discharge to Assess provides support and advocacy with mental health recovery, to sustain accommodation, improve daily living skills and rebuild connections in the wider community. Personalised support is provided on weekly basis.
We work alongside clients and mental health services to personalise support that enables clients to manage their mental health, as well as identify and address other issues in order to improve clients’ happiness and wellbeing.
We have a dedicated Housing Specialist based within Mill View hospital in Hove, who supports Brighton and Hove clients to secure or retain suitable accommodation in preparation for their discharge.
This service is available to adults aged 18 and over, who live in Brighton & Hove and are either currently on an acute mental health ward, or at risk of admission.
How to access
Referrals for this service come from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. All Discharge to Assess (D2A) referrals need to have a lead practitioner and a move-on plan.
Please complete the referral form which is available to download below, and email this with a recent care plan and safety assessment to: D2A.MHReferrals@southdown.org
If you have any service or referral queries do please email us at this address.
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.