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Service Type: Housing Support
Service Location: Brighton and Hove

Discharge to Assess

Contact Details

Penny Marlow - Pathway Coordinator

07817 177036

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 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.

The team manager involved in establishing the project said:

“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.”

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 top of this page.


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.