NHS Trust rated 'Good' but some services need 'Improvement'

The services provided by Sussex Community NHS Trust have been rated 'Good' by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

The rating follows an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) across West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

However, the Trust was told its community health impatient services 'Requires Improvement' for its safety, and its end of life care rated as 'Outstanding' for how it responds to people's needs.

The trust provides care for around eight thousand people a day at several sites including Arundel Hospital, Midhurst Community Hospital, Horsham Hospital and Brighton General Hospital.

At the time of CQC's inspection, the trust had appointed a new leadership team, and the CQC acknowledged that many of the team had only been in their new jobs for a short time, including the Director of Nursing who had been in post for less than a year.

The Inspectors noted some areas of good practice, including a 'Major Incident Box' at Arundel Hospital in the staff room which contained everything staff would need to manage an incident.