Secretary of State for Health and Social Care visits East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Matt Hancock, accompanied by the Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Huw Merriman MP for Bexhill and Battle, made an informal visit to Bexhill and Conquest Hospitals to meet staff and patients.

They held an open question and answer session with a wide range of staff from across the Trust. At Bexhill they visited the Joint Community Rehabilitation, Community Nursing and Frailty teams along with the Irvine Unit Rehabilitation Unit. They were impressed by the extent of the integration of health and social care to provide a seamless service for people in East Sussex.

At Conquest Hospital they visited the Richard Ticehurst Surgical Assessment, Critical Care and Acute Assessment Units along with the Emergency Department. They saw at first hand the innovative technology currently being installed to provide monitoring of patient flow across the health and social care system. They met with senior health and social care leaders in East Sussex to discuss the integration of health and social care.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock said: “I applaud the staff at East Sussex Healthcare Trust for their tireless work - it’s been an honour to meet both staff and patients, and witness first-hand the excellent care given by the Trust. I was delighted to learn more about their “Better Together” scheme, which focuses on integration, as set out in the long term plan. I was particularly interested in the introduction of the Nervecentre live bed state technology, saving time and effort for all and demonstrating the crucial role technology has to play in improving performance.” 

Dr Adrian Bull, Chief Executive said: “We were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Huw Merriman MP to the Trust. They were able to hear about our journey of improvement and the significant progress we have made to integrate health and social care services in the last couple of years, which is already delivering the vision of the recently launched NHS Long Term Plan. They were very impressed by the new technologies we are currently installing to provide us with a live monitoring of patient flow across the Trust.”

Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle said “I was delighted to welcome the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, to East Sussex last Friday following my invitation to him, during Health Questions in Parliament, to come and see the excellent East Sussex Better Together Partnership in action. 

“As part of the visit, Matt and I met the community nurses and rehabilitation teams at Bexhill Hospital. He was very impressed to hear how this partnership of our local NHS with East Sussex County Council Social Care teams has dramatically improved the health outcomes and for local people. He commented that the Better Together model is the future of healthcare in the UK. It was great to hear all the staff talk enthusiastically about their roles and the difference they know their teamwork is making to the lives of our constituents.

“During the visit, the community nursing team invited me to join them for a day to get a good understanding of their roles. I look forward to taking up their offer and seeing at first hand the great job they do within our local community.”