About us


In April 2021 after a long period of collaborative working, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) merged with Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) to form University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (UHSussex).

UHSussex NHS Foundation Trust provides outstanding care to the people of West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and parts of East Sussex. As one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, our seven hospitals host more than 1.5 million outpatient appointments, A&E visits, and surgery cases every year and we employ nearly 20,000 staff.

We run seven hospitals across Chichester, Worthing, Shoreham, Brighton and Haywards Heath:

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton (RSCH)
  • Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath (PRH)
  • Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton (SEH)
  • Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton (RACH)
  • St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester (SRH)
  • Southlands Hospital, Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Worthing Hospital, Worthing (WHG)

We also provide services at a number of satellite locations.

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3Ts (Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary care)

The 3Ts hospital redevelopment project is currently underway at Brighton.

On completion it will provide state-of-the-art accommodation for more than 40 wards and departments. The three-stage project will improve patient experience across its services and will support the Trust’s role as a distric general hospital, specialist tertiary centre, teaching hub and major trauma centre.

Our journey towards excellence

Patient First

Patient First is our strategy for the whole Trust. It’s the lens through which we view all our decisions and it provides us with the tools we need to build on the success of our two legacy Trusts and continue to improve for the benefit of patients, the public and our people.

Our Patient First strategy identifies our True North priorities under five strategic themes:

Patient First encompasses the Trust’s vision and values. It provides an integrated model which defines the vision, strategy, and goals for the organisation. It embeds improvement in operational delivery, and has established an integrated performance management and assurance system. Using Patient First, WSHT became the first acute Trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all domains by the CQC, while BSUH became the fastest improving Trust, moving out of special measures for finance and quality within two years. Based on this track record of success, we have adapted Patient First for UHSussex.

With clear True North objectives, attainable but ambitious breakthrough objectives and a series of strategic initiatives and corporate projects to deliver, we know we can achieve all we have set out to achieve.

We are committed to training every leader in Patient First to help them identify how their services can contribute to the achievement of our objectives. Every service will also receive training in our Patient First Improvement System (PFIS) to identify their opportunities for improvement. Patient First is instrumental in guiding our clinical strategy development, our restoration and recover programme and in ensuring continuous improvement is seen as something every member of staff working at UHSussex feels they are part of.

A new Trust – realising the benefits

As a single, large Trust covering a wide geographical area and with seven high quality hospitals providing a comprehensive range of services, we are confident we can deliver significant benefits for patients, the public and staff:

Better for patients

  • Continued commitment to always improving care through Patient First approach
  • Safeguarding local delivery of acute services in Sussex, such as A&E and maternity care
  • Development of all existing specialties, such as cancer, paediatrics and trauma
  • Development of more specialist services in Sussex, reducing travel to other areas
  • More integrated care, improving patient experience and access to services
  • Stronger support for population health, preventative care and NHS Long Term Plan
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Better for staff

  • Better career opportunities for staff, supporting retention and recruitment
  • Clear leadership, governance and structures to improve organisational responsiveness
  • Investment in Patient First to empower staff at every level to make improvements
  • Enhanced education, training, research and innovation opportunities
  • Strengthened support networks for LGBTQ+, BAME, disabled and other staff groups

Better for Sussex

  • A financially secure acute Hospital Trust, accountable to its members
  • Investment in new and existing hospital services, according to local need
  • A commitment to reducing energy, waste, pollution, plastic and carbon emissions
  • An NHS employer of choice for nearly 20,000 people

People Plan

Key to the success of our new Trust is the development of a new People Plan. The purpose of the People Plan is to address the aspirations of the new Trust and align Trust values. The plan has four themes:

Inclusion and diversity

At UHSussex, we are committed to supporting inclusion for our workforce, patients, service users and visitors. Our colleagues come from 101 different countries, differing genders, sexual orientations, ages,  religious beliefs/non beliefs, abilities and political affiliations.

We celebrate the diversity of our workforce, because we believe this strength makes us better able to meet the needs of our patients and service users.

We all have a part to play in ensuring that we attract the very best candidates to work within our hospitals, and we encourage open and honest dialogue so we can learn from people’s lived experiences.


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