Our priorities and programmes

We have a number of priority areas where we want to improve the health and care experiences of the people living in Sussex.

Our plans for these areas are based on what patients have told us, local health needs and other relevant information.

You can see a summary of each of our priority areas below and read more about what’s improving by visiting the pages on the right hand side.

Armed Forces

Sussex NHS Commissioners support their Armed Forces community in a number of ways, whether it is as an employer to Reservists, Veterans and/or partners or as a provider ensuring that commissioned services understand the needs of this community.

Find out more about how we are supporting the local Armed Forces community.


We are part of the Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance, whose vision is to develop and deliver world-class outcomes in cancer care and treatment for the populations of Surrey and Sussex.

Find out more about what the Alliance is doing to improve cancer care.

Children and young people

West Sussex is a unique and exciting place to grow up, but it also presents a number of challenges to young people.

Find out more about how we work with our partners to improve the health and lives of children, young people and their families.

Clinically Effective Commissioning

Sussex NHS Commissioners have been working together to review and standardise non-emergency treatments and procedures available to patients across the area.

Read more about Clinically Effective Commissioning.

Countering fraud

Fraud against the NHS means that the money intended for patient care, and funded by the taxpayer, ends up in the pockets of those who did not legitimately earn it. It means fewer resources are available to be spent on frontline health services such as patient care, health care facilities, doctors, nurses and other staff.

Read more about countering fraud.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Sussex NHS Commissioners are committed to:

  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination
  • Promoting equality of opportunity in respect to the way we commission healthcare services
  • Developing a diverse and well supported workforce which reflects the population we serve

Read more about how we are championing equality, diversity and inclusion.

Maternity services

Maternity care covers a wide range of services for women, during pregnancy and after child birth.

We want to make sure that local mums have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. More information about local maternity services will be available soon.

Medicines management

Medicines are an integral part of the care and treatment that many local patients receive to manage their health conditions and improve their health.

Efficient management of medicines is an important part of our mix in delivering positive outcomes for patients and value for money for NHS resources. We work closely with GP practices, community pharmacies and other clinicians and health professionals to ensure medicines are optimised so our patients receive evidence-based treatments at a price affordable to the local health economy.

Read more about medicines management.

Mental health

One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life.

Find out more about local services to support you with your mental health.

Planned care

Planned care is the name the NHS gives to health services and treatments that aren’t because of a health accident or emergency. This type of care is arranged in advance and, generally, follows a referral from a GP.

Primary care

Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS. Primary care includes general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services.

Read more about primary care in West Sussex.

Reducing health inequalities

The NHS Long Term Plan commits the NHS to a greater focus on prevention and on health inequalities. We recognise that the causes of ill health and inequalities include social, economic and environment factors such as housing, employment and education, risky lifestyle behaviours such as smoking and inactivity and access to services.

Find out more about our plans to reduce health inequalities in West Sussex.


Climate change poses a major threat to our health as well as our planet. The environment is changing, that change is accelerating, and this has direct and immediate consequences for patients, the public and the NHS.

Find out what we’re doing to tackle the climate emergency.

Sussex Learning Disability and Autism Programme

Sussex NHS Commissioners are working in partnership with Sussex Local Authorities and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to enable people with learning disabilities or autism to be able to live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

The partnership is working to deliver national learning disability and autism priorities set out by NHS England and the Local Government Association as part of the Building the Right Support strategy, the Transforming Care programme, and more recently the NHS Long Term Plan.

Urgent care

Urgent care is a term that describes the range of services provided for people who require same day health or social care advice, care or treatment. This is different from emergency care provided in accident and emergency (A&E), other hospital departments, 999 and ambulances, which are set up to respond to serious or life-threatening emergencies.

Find out more about how we’re improving urgent care services.