Two Sussex community projects win NHS grants

NHS England has awarded 11 Celebrating Participation in Healthcare grants, to community groups and organisations that have developed innovative and creative ways to get patients and the public involved in shaping healthcare services. Two of the grants have been awarded to Brighton and Hove projects including a registered charity and a social enterprise.

One of them is Mind in Brighton and Hove’s LiVE Project, the charity project which aims to support people with lived experience of mental health issues to develop diverse and varied approaches to engagement to help shape local services. The other is a joint project between the CIC, Healthwatch Brighton & Hove, and the Jaffa Panel (run by Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust) which will be used to film work showing how patients and the public have contributed to shaping new health research ideas across the Trust.

Mind in Brighton and Hove’s LiVE Project gets people involved in shaping and developing services by creating a community where project members can meet for a range of activities which support wellbeing and peer support.  This supports members to take an active and ongoing role in planning and carrying out a variety of participation and consultation activities which have contributed to the development of services and strategies in the city.

Sarah Danily, Director of Mind in Brighton and Hove, explained: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase the work of the LiVE project and its members.”

The Jaffa Panel at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUHT) is a patient and public involvement (PPI) in research panel that helps NHS health professionals build and shape their research. Made up of carers and patients aged between 15 to 84 years, the Jaffa panel meets weekly in the hospital in a ‘dragons den’ style forum where researchers can receive valuable patient feedback on their new research ideas.Immunization of children in doctors office

Scott Harfield, Research & Development Manager (BSUHT), said: “The Jaffa panel is an incredibly valuable part of the research that is undertaken in the Trust. It is fantastic that their efforts have been recognised by NHS England and we look forward to seeing the output from the Community Grant.”

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove CIC is a registered community interest company supporting local children, young people, adults and their communities to influence the design, delivery and improvement of their local health and social care services, now and for the future. There is a Healthwatch in every local authority area which all form part of a unique national network. 

Nicky Cambridge, Healthwatch Brighton and Hove CEO, said: “It is fantastic that NHS England has decided to support our project. It is important that patients’ voices are used to shape health and social care research not just services.”

The new engagement resources that are developed through these projects will be shared on NHS England’s website and through local and national networks. They will help health and voluntary sector organisations from across England to learn from this successful engagement work and put their own projects in place.

The Celebrating Participation in Healthcare grants, totalling £10,000, are for community groups and organisations that have developed innovative and creative ways to get patients and the public involved in shaping healthcare services. The grant funding will enable them to showcase the excellent work they are doing and encourage other organisations to learn from their projects. The successful applicants will use their funding to develop a range of promotional resources to highlight the work they have done, such as short films and books. The groups will share their experiences of working with a variety of people, including young people and homeless people, to improve health services for the groups who use them.