The Health Employee Learning and Psychotherapy (HELP) Service
HELP provides staff with confidential support, counselling and psychotherapy for a range of issues. These may be work-related such as stress management, concerns about relations with colleagues, employment difficulties, or issues following a critical or traumatic event. There may also be personal issues that are having an impact.
A specialist type of psychotherapy - Eye, Movement, De-sensitisation and Reprocessing (EDMR) - is also provided.
Contact : Donna Butler on 3692 or email
The Connections Team
We are here to provide an impartial and confidential point of contact for you to discuss concerns that may be affecting you at work.
The Connections Team will listen to your concerns and help you to find the right advice, information or help that you might need. Where appropriate, we will also put you in touch with the other support services available within the Trust.
Please feel welcome to get in touch with the Connections Team to arrange a telephone or face to face appointment. Appointments are available from 10am to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday.
Spiritual refers to whatever animates us, what every gives our lives breath and meaning which may or may not include a belief in God or gods. Spiritual care is very much part of our well-being.
Our chaplains are experienced in helping and supporting people in a variety of ways, They are available to advise, support and assist staff. Importantly, the Chaplaincy team is always willing to offer spiritual support to people of no particular religious faith or those with no links to any particular tradition. If needed the Chaplaincy team will be able to find a contact for most religions, faiths, and beliefs. The Chaplains are supported and assisted by a team of volunteers.
Royal Sussex County Hospital:
Chapel open 24/7
Muslim Prayer Room open 24/7
Muslim Prayers held in The Oasis in the children’s hospital
Princess Royal Hospital
Chapel open 24/7
Muslim Prayer Room open 24/7
We offer staff a wide range of activities to help with well-being:
Someone to talk to: the chaplains are available to speak individually with staff and if necessary to sign post staff to other services / agencies.
Reflective Practice Groups: we already facilitate several on-going RPGs for various teams across the Trust. Let us know if you would like further information or to set up a group.
Royal Sussex County Hospital Chapel
- Monday 17:30hrs RSCH Contemporary Choir
- Tuesday 17:30hrs RSCH Choral Choir
- Wednesday & Thursday 17:30hrs Yoga
- Thursday 12:00hrs Meditation Group
- Monday – Friday 09:00hrs Morning Prayer
- Sunday 10:00hrs Morning Service.
Contact: Rev Peter Wells
NHS Retirement Fellowship
The NHS Retirement Fellowship is the social, leisure, educational and welfare organisation for current and retired NHS and Social Care staff and their partners
Visit the website below for details of over 150 branches, Events and Activities
You can call our free membership team number: 0800 9151455 or you can contact the secretary of your local branch:
Ann Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Anna Fairhurst
Smoking Cessation Manager
You can walk-in or drop in at any time at your convenience
No need for appointment bookings
Ease of access
Several qualified smoking cessation advisers
Employee Relations Advice Line
Sometimes it can be difficult to make sense of all the policies, or knowing where you stand as a manager or employee within the trust.
Our team of skilled staff can help with your employee relations or policy related queries.
You can find all Trust Human Resources Polices on the Staff Info net:-
Contact: Abbi Denyer
Head of Employee Relations and Medical HR
Contact: Sophie Milner
Employee Relations Coordinator
Contact: Caroline Owens
Mob. 07387 259 307
Freedom to Speak Up Guardian
The Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is here to give you support and advice if you are worried about something you think may affect the quality or safety of patient care or is a risk to our Trust. You will get advice on how to raise your concern effectively and guidance for how our policy and process works for raising concerns.
You can talk with Caroline Owens in confidence, she is able to provide personal support through the process if you encounter difficulties with speaking up about patient safety, care and risk.
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
Our Inclusion Team supports BSUH in a variety of ways, from reviewing wayfinding, supporting staff via training and supportive tools and resources, supporting patients communication and accessibility needs. Also working in partnership with other local public sector organisations to ensure a more collaborative approach to Equality.
For more information see :
We’re here to support LGBTQ+ staff/volunteers and our allies, to help BSUH be an inclusive ‘employer of choice’, to engage with local LGBTQ+ communities, and to provide excellent, non-discriminatory care for our LGBTQ+ patients/service users.
We acknowledge all Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities (incl. non-binary identities, and intersex individuals). We particularly welcome Black & Minority Ethnic (BME), disabled and other LGBTQ+ people who are historically under-represented.
We can offer support, and signposting to Trust services. We also run a range of other social, community and development activities. If you’d like to know more, need support or advice, or would like to get involved, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com or visit our BSUH info.net page here.
The Social Side
Would you like to know more about the groups, activities and services that are on offer to you at BSUH? If so, then click on the banner above and fill in our sign up sheet to recieve more information on the things you're interested in!
We are delighted to announce that ‘Staff Stories’ will be returning, but will now be referred to as ‘Schwartz Rounds’ in line with other Hospital Trusts and in order to reflect the original philosophy of Professor Schwartz.
What is a Schwartz Round?
Schwartz Rounds are there to provide a forum for hospital staff from all backgrounds to come together to talk about the emotional and social challenges of caring for patients. The aim is to offer staff a safe environment in which to share their stories and offer support to one another.
Evidence shows that staff who attend the forums, feel less stressed and isolated with increased insight and appreciation for each other’s roles.
Save the Date
The next Schwartz Round is on Monday 4th November at the Audrey Emerton Building from 13:00 - 14:00 and the topic will be 'The Pressures of Patient Flow and the Stress it puts on Staff'. There will be speakers from both Operational and Clinical staff. There will also be a 'grab bag' lunch available from 12:45pm to take in with you.
Facilitator: Emma Richardson -
Administrator: Alison Davies - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove
Carers Support West Sussex
Carers Hub Brighton & Hove
Carers Hub aims to improve the quality of life of carers in Brighton & Hove by offering them a wide range of services and comprehensive local resources:
Carers Awareness Training for Professionals
Carers Assessments and Support
Young Carers Project
Home-based Respite to enable Carers to attend health-related appointments
Supporting Carers who are caring for someone at the end of their life, and those who have been bereaved
Peer Support for Carers
Supporting Carers of people with Dementia
Improving the Well-being of Carers through the Carers Reablement Project
Contact them at:
Carers Support West Sussex
Carers Support West Sussex is an independent charity offering support to family and friend Carers across the county.
Support is delivered to registered Carers in a variety of methods throughout West Sussex:
Currently providing more than 50 monthly support groups addressing a wide range of caring situations
The Carer Learning and Wellbeing programme providing free courses, such as ‘Living with Guilt’
Equipment to support those in a caring role
Carer Wellbeing Fund
Signposting to relevant services and organisations.
Carers Support West Sussex have support workers available for friend and family carers in both Princess Royal and The Royal Sussex County hospital.
To find out more, or to register as a Carer:
Call the Carer response line 0300 028 8888
Email email@example.com or
Onward Arts seeks to improve the experience of patients, visitors and staff and create a healing hospital environment for all. Passionate about arts in health, we advocate the value of integrating the arts into the culture of the Trust and deliver high quality, patient-centred, arts projects in partnership with the communities we serve.
For more information please visit:
The Well: Social Networking & Support for Doctors in Training
The Well is a health and wellbeing hub for doctors in training in Brighton and Mid Sussex.
Click on the image above to visit the Facebook page where they will be posting about local events and discounts and planning plenty of their own.
Life is wonderful but we all know that it can get really hard sometimes. The Well is there to remind you that if you need help you are never on your own. There is always support available, to reach out, have a look at the links below or send them a message at the.well.BSUH@gmail.com.
The Well have an ongoing discount for yoga through studio_iO in Brighton. Use code NHS25 for discount off classes when booked through the website https://studio-io.co.uk
The Practitioner Health Programme/GP Health Service is a confidential, self-referral NHS service for doctors and dentists with mental illness and addiction problems. They are committed to providing confidential and good quality care for doctors in difficulty. https://php.nhs.uk
The official BSUH wellbeing offers a wealth of health and wellbeing activities to support you, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba and carers support groups. https://www.bsuhwellbeing.nhs.uk/home
MIND the charity has a wealth of information and support to people in crisis. Access at https://www.mind.org.uk
The SAMARITANS offer 24/7 support to people in crisis or anyone wanting support. Access at https://www.samaritans.org
BSUH Disabled Staff Network
The BSUH Disabled Staff Network is for all members of staff at the Trust who define themselves as having a disability whether that be hidden or not.
The Disabled Staff Network came into being in the first quarter of 2019 and holds regular Staff Network Groups as a way of supporting aims and responsibilities.
These meetings aim to provide staff with:
A safe space to discuss common issues or concerns in relation to disability in the workplace
An opportunity to share resources and information that have helped them in relation to their disability
An opportunity to collaborate with others to offer ideas on what services the Trust could provide to staff with disabilities
A networking opportunity to meet other staff with disabilities
A place to share experiences
An opportunity to feed any suggestions to the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team for consideration
If you would like to attend a meeting, find out how the network can help you or offer your support, please email Marce Quinn, the Disabled Staff Network Lead, on this address: bsuh.DisabilityNetwork@nhs.net
The next meetings will be:
5th December 2019
9th January 2020
6th February 2020
5th March 2020
Meetings take place in the Audrey Emerton Building from 13:00 - 14:00