Changes to care services in East Sussex

Transformation of health and social care services in East Sussex is an ‘opportunity we must take’.

In an exclusive joint interview, two of the county’s most senior health bosses reflected on the challenges and successes of the East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme, which was set up three years ago in response to increasing demand on services due to an ageing population, and explained its next stages.

The partnership has seen two of East Sussex’s clinical commissioning groups and the county council working with East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust, which runs both Hastings’ Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne’s District General Hospital, and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to both improve and integrate health and social care services.

 The next step is to create an accountable care model through the East Sussex Better Together Alliance, which provides a legal vehicle to formalise the changes and involves a shift away from payment by activity.
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