Decision details

Commissioning East Sussex Mental Health Support Services

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree the East Sussex Joint Community Mental Health Commissioning of core services known as the East Sussex Community Network (ESCN).

This project is to recommission all community provision in scope (£4,500,000), aligning support with emerging mental health transformation, and Emotional Wellbeing Services (EWS) in Primary Care, ensuring compatibility and interoperability through co-design and development. 

This is driven by local place-based priorities, including service users and their carers, NHS Sussex, East Sussex Local Authority, Primary Care Networks (PCN) and EWS workstreams. It will ensure that future services maximise the offers of support for people in their local communities.



20.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Adult Social Care and Health regarding the commissioning of East Sussex Mental Health Support Services.




20.2     The Lead Member RESOLVED to:


1) Agree to the commissioning of a Lead Provider who will be responsible for a range of local support known as East Sussex Mental Health Support Services (East Sussex MHSS); and


2) Delegate authority to the Director of Adult Social Care and Health to take all necessary actions to give effect to the implementation of the above recommendation.




20.3     The approaches set out in the project support priorities across East Sussex and its local systems.


20.4     The commissioning of Lead Provider and Mental Health Support Services in East Sussex is the first step towards an integrated support offer for people with mental health needs in East Sussex. It will support the modernisation of mental health provision and play a key role in how services work and deliver care.

Report author: Kenny Mackay

Publication date: 31/08/2023

Date of decision: 31/08/2023

Decided at meeting: 31/08/2023 - Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Effective from: 14/09/2023

Accompanying Documents: