Winter 2018


Healthwatch Annual Report

Celebrating 5 years of Healthwatch East Sussex, the latest Healthwatch Annual Report highlights the depth of work undertaken to ensure that local people are heard and help shape health and social care services in East Sussex. Report highlights include:
•    90 enter and view activities in local health settings
•    Programme of visits to residential care homes
•    Maternity and Accident and Emergency department visits during our Listening Tour in Hastings
•    East Sussex patient engagement on Patient Transport Services

The report can be found here:

 Work of Healthwatch East Sussex Recognised in National Award

Healthwatch East Sussex has been voted as one of three highly commended Healthwatch at the Healthwatch England Annual Conference in October 2018. The award recognises Healthwatch work with marginalised communities in the Hastings area during their Listening Tour in 2017.
This “Championing diversity and inclusion” award saw Healthwatch Staffordshire voted the overall winners for their work in prisons, Healthwatch Lancashire as runners up and highly commended awards for Healthwatch in Hampshire, Oxfordshire and East Sussex.

Imago Young Carers Festival

On 25-26th October, 60 young people from the Kent Young Carers and East Sussex Young Carers services came together at Bowles Outdoor Centre for a fun-packed residential trip.
Young Carers had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities including kayaking, archery, bush craft, rock climbing, low ropes and skiing, as well as drumming and art workshops, and a cake decorating workshop delivered by Free Cakes for Kids Tonbridge.
Liz James, Imago Head of Children & Young People Services, said ‘The festival was a great success and we’ve seen Young Carers make new friendships, take on challenges, gain confidence, overcome fears and achieve personal goals… everyone’s had a brilliant time’.
The overnight stay was generously funded by St James’s Place Charitable Foundation who came along to meet everyone and hand out goody bags. The Young Carers were also gifted handmade quilts from Project Linus and teddy bears from Bear Necessities. Cook in Tunbridge Wells provided snacks and treats which were much appreciated.

The trip was supported by volunteers from local businesses: Osborne’s, who also arranged a silent disco for the evening; and two teams from Digital Medical Communications. Another regular Imago supporter, Tom Phillips Photography, came along to document the event.
The team were pleased to welcome the Mayor and Mayor’ess of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr Len Horwood and Mrs Judy Horwood who attended on the second day of the festival and spoke to staff, volunteers and Young Carers.
Huge thanks goes to the team at Bowles who were remarkable. They really brought the whole event together with their expertise and enthusiasm, making sure that everyone had an amazing experience.

Patient Activation Measure Project

The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) uses a short survey to provide insight into a person’s knowledge, skills and confidence for self-managing one’s overall health, including long-term conditions.
The PAM project in East Sussex has been running for seven months and we are starting to see some really positive outcomes. Currently eight providers have been piloting the PAM across a range of health, housing, leisure and wellbeing type services.
To date, nearly 3,000 people have responded to a PAM survey and over 230 people have answered a follow-up PAM survey following on from an intervention. This has shown a 20% increase in those who are most able to manage their condition.
Recent research from The Health Foundation found evidence that people who are most able to manage their condition had:
•    38% fewer emergency admissions
•    32% fewer attendances at A&E
•    18% fewer general practice appointments
PAMs are only available under licence but in East Sussex we have enough for more services and providers to trial them out for free.
For more information click here or please contact the project lead Emma Jupp on or 01273 481931 | 07824 085317

HomeStart – Support and Friendship for Families                           

Home-Start East Sussex (HSES) will be running their spring Freedom domestic abuse programmes from January to April in Seaford and Hastings.
Our free 11 week HSES reflective domestic abuse programmes take a strength based approach to the nationally acclaimed Freedom Programme. We support women who have experience of living with domestic abuse, either now or in the past and recognise that women-victim survivors are the experts in their own lives.
By the end of the course victim-survivors will;
· have a better understanding of the different tactics and behaviour used by domestic abusers.
· have a better understanding of how domestic abuse affects children (short-term and long-term), even if they are not physically hurt or in the same room when it happens. It also details how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed
· have a better idea about the types of positive behaviour we can expect when we are in a healthy relationship
· be better able to recognise the early warning signs of domestic abuse
· feel less isolated due to meeting other women who have shared similar experiences
· feel more confident to have a future free from domestic abuse
“My expectations were more than met. I have had interventions and domestic violence work done in the past but nothing has compared to the intervention and help received on this course.”
If you would like more information or to make referral, either for someone else or yourself, please complete an enquiries form via our website or phone Vicki on 07505 426118.

The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs and Assets Assessment (JSNAA)

The JSNAA is available at The site contains both local and national resources for those who commission, provide or use health and social care services in East Sussex.

On the site you will find:
  • data in the form of scorecards
  • area summaries
  • local comprehensive needs assessments 
  • profiles that compare our local data with national data 
  • overview reports and briefings that pull information from a wide range of sources into one document 
  • ... and much much more.

To keep up-to-date with any new content please subscribe to a short monthly email alert here:


Do you know your rights? Carers Rights Day 2018

Care for the Carers is getting ready for Carers Rights Day 2018, a national campaign taking place on Friday, 30 November which will bring organisations together to help carers in their local community know their rights.
Every day, 6,000 people become carers for a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without them, but it’s not always something we’ve planned for. Local charity, Care for the Carers, which supports unpaid carers across East Sussex, promotes Carers Rights Day to ensure that local carers are aware of their rights and can get the support they’re entitled to.
Jennifer Twist, Chief Executive Officer at Care for the Carers, says: “Carers Rights Day is a great opportunity to raise of awareness of unpaid carers, caring and what carers’ rights are. There are an estimated 66,000 carers in East Sussex*, many of whom may not be aware that they are entitled to support, and even those who have been caring for years sometimes may not be aware of what is available and could be missing out on financial and practical help.”

“No one should be left to care alone - Care for the Carers is here to provide carers with information about their rights, available support and to help them access local services. For more information do contact us and speak to one of our carer support workers,” she continues.

Support events across East Sussex
You can help spread the word about carers rights by sharing posters, social media posts or join in Carers Rights Day events across East Sussex, including a free Italian lunch for carers in Hastings, the opportunity to win a car at Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre (soon to be known as The Beacon), a financial information morning for carers, and free Carer Awareness Training for all, in Bexhill.

For more information about how to get involved, visit the Care for the Carers website, call 01323 738390 or email

Christmas Indulgence Festive Fayre 2018  at Uckfield College Saturday, 1st December – 10am – 3pm

Headway East Sussex will have a stall at Uckfield College's Christmas Indulgence Festive Fayre 2018, TN22 3DJ.
We will have a good selection of items for you to buy. Please come along and support us and help us raise much needed funds. Headway East Sussex is a Newick-based charity that supports individuals, their families and carers to rebuild their lives after brain injury. Brain injury does not discriminate, it can happen in seconds to anyone.


**New** WRAP for Carers Taster Sessions, December 2019
WRAP for Carers Saturday Course, starting January 2019

WRAP for Carers Taster Sessions
If you are a carer and you've ever wondered what WRAP is all about or wanted to attend a group but haven't been able to commit to a six-week course, a taster session could be for you.

Join us for a session to meet other carers and explore Wellness Tools for self-care, resilience and support.  There will be a maximum of ten people in each session.

Where & When?
Bexhill-on-Sea: Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 10.30am to 1.00pm
Hailsham: Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10.30am to 1.00pm
Eastbourne: Thursday, 13 December 2018, 10.30am to 1.00pm

WRAP for Carers - Saturday Course

We are offering a WRAP for Carers course over three Saturdays in January & February 2019.  If you are juggling caring with work, study or other weekday commitments, this course could be for you.

Where & When?
Eastbourne: 12 January 2019, 26 January 2019 & 9 February 2019

The Taster Sessions and Saturday course are open to carers living in East Sussex and are free of charge - booking is essential.

For more information and to book please visit
Phone Molly on 07507 734 370 or
Phone Lucy on 07598 323 254 or

Health and Wellbeing Board

All information relating to the Health and Wellbeing Board can be found here. The next meeting will take place on 4th December 2018 and will be webcast live.


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