Award for 'ambitious' health and care alliance

HSJ Winners Photo

The PIONEERING partnership bringing together health and social care in East Sussex has won a prestigious national award.

East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) is the local whole system transformation programme formally launched in August 2014 to work out how best to spend our collective £850 million per year budget to best meet the health and care needs of the people of East Sussex.  Last week, ESBT was awarded the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government Award at the annual HSJ (Health Service Journal) Awards 2017, the largest awards programme of its type in the world.

Judges praised the ESBT Alliance and said; “This winning programme impressed the judges with its great breadth and scope as well as an extremely ambitious partnership between the local government and the NHS. The judges were extremely impressed by what the partnership has achieved so far and what they are aiming to achieve in the future.”

Cllr Keith Glazier, East Sussex County Council leader, said: “This award is recognition of the fantastic work that’s been done for four years to bring together health and social care.

“The ESBT partnership is improving the services residents get by breaking down traditional barriers between organisations to provide integrated services which allow people to get the support they need, where and when they need it.”

Earlier this year, the ESBT Alliance partners approved plans for even closer partnership working with the aim of moving towards a single health and care model by April 2018. 

The alliance is made up of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG and Hastings and Rother CCG, East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as an associate member.

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