Heads On receives £830,000 to enhance Sussex health care

NHS Charities Together has awarded Heads On £830,000 to address health inequalities, suicide prevention, and supportive hospital discharge across Sussex.

The grant from NHS Charities Together is part of their Community Partnerships Fund, aiming to support the wider NHS and voluntary community dealing with Covid-19, reducing stress on the NHS and provide wrap around provision for individuals and communities which is vitally needed.

Heads On were selected as lead charity on behalf of all Sussex NHS Charities, and will distribute and manage funding to 10 third sector partners. These partners will deliver projects in collaboration with the NHS charities, developing and sustaining partnerships to enhance healthcare across Sussex.

The 10 partners (formed of hospices, care homes and charities) were selected following an open competitive grant making process, where organisations were asked to submit proposals to deliver projects that addressed the priority areas mentioned above.

The successful partners are as follows:

 In addition, 20% of the total grants budget was restricted for projects delivered within BAME communities in recognition of the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on BAME communities and the exacerbation of existing health inequalities for these communities.

Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive at NHS Charities Together, says:

"As the national independent charity caring for the NHS, we are delighted to support the crucial work of Heads On through our latest round of grants – made possible thanks to generous fundraising and donations from the public. These important projects will help address health inequalities for some of the communities hit hardest by Covid-19, prevent suicides, and support patients being discharged from hospital. We hope they will enhance the lives of many people living in Sussex, and look forward to seeing the positive difference they make."

Rachael Duke, Head of Charity, says:

“We are extremely grateful to NHS Charities Together for their support and funding. It has been an incredible journey developing this programme of work, collaborating across the whole healthcare sector, working in partnership with not only the Sussex based NHS Charities, but local authorities, commissioners, the Sussex Health and Care Partnership, and of course third sector organisations.

We are truly excited to be working with such fantastic organisations, to deliver projects across Sussex that will address health inequalities, suicide prevention and supported hospital discharge. We look forward to seeing the impact of these projects as they begin delivery over the coming months.”

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