The Sussex Beacon rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

The Sussex Beacon has been rated ‘outstanding’ in a report published today by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity provides both a 10 bed inpatient unit and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health.

The inspection took place in March this year and looked in detail at the charity’s work, assessing the safety, effectiveness, responsiveness, care and leadership provided. The Sussex Beacon achieved ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ ratings on each of these areas, with an overall rating of ‘outstanding’.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that The Sussex Beacon was an “exceptionally well led service with a clear vision” the “response to individual needs was exceptional” and “staff went the extra mile to support patients to maintain independence.”

The CQC report also stated that inspectors saw several areas of outstanding practice including:

  • The flexibility of the service and ongoing adaptation of services to meet the needs of patients.
  • The engagement of patients and relatives in service design and planning.
  • The oversight by the leadership team and trustees.

Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon said, “I am immensely proud of the results of this report and of the professional, caring team at The Sussex Beacon. The staff here are incredibly passionate about the service we provide and we’re delighted that those using our services had only positive feedback. We’ve always put patients at the heart of everything we do and it’s fantastic that comes across.”

Click Here to download the report, or visit the CQC website here – www.cqc.org.uk

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ViiV Give Back Day

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A big thank you to the team from ViiV Healthcare for all their hard work helping us get garden ready for our Autumn Leaves Fete.

As part of ViiV Healthcare’s ‘Give Back Day’, ten volunteers cheerfully set about varnishing our new summer house, assembling garden furniture, planting, weeding and jet washing.

It’s been a pleasure to have them here and the summerhouse is looking fantastic.

 

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The Sussex Beacon holds mayoral reception for supporters

On Thursday 22nd September, local HIV charity The Sussex Beacon and the Mayor of Brighton and Hove are holding a reception for the charity’s supporters in the Mayor’s Parlour, Brighton Town Hall.

Councillor Pete West, Mayor of Brighton and Hove will be attending and saying a few words alongside the Chair of the Board and the Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon.

Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon said “We’re honoured to be one of the Mayor’s chosen charities this year and our reception is a fantastic opportunity to thank many of our key supporters. We help hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year but couldn’t do it without the time, energy and effort put in by a range of organisations and individuals.”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity runs both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health. For more information visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk or email info@sussexbeacon.org.uk

The Sussex Beacon opens its garden for an ‘Autumn Leaves’ Fete this Saturday!

On Saturday 24th September between 11am and 4pm, local HIV charity The Sussex Beacon will be holding an ‘Autumn Leaves’ fete in its garden on Bevendean Road, Brighton.

Entry to the family fun day is free and there will be a range of stalls, refreshments and entertainment. Money raised by the stalls will go directly towards helping people living with HIV in Sussex.

Councillor Pete West, the mayor of Brighton and Hove, will be attending the fete to unveil a new summerhouse kindly donated by local community organisation, Bear Patrol.

Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon said “The Sussex Beacon is lucky to have a beautiful garden and our fete is a great opportunity to open it up to the public. There’ll be some fantastic entertainment throughout the day so please come along, have fun and show your support for a great cause.”

Stalls at the fete will include traditional favourites including a coconut shy, hook a duck, whack-a-rat, a tombola and a raffle.

The ‘Autumn Leaves” fete is kindly supported by E3 entertainment agency and production company. It’s being held at The Sussex Beacon, 10 Bevendean Road, Brighton, BN2 4DE.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity provides both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health. For more information visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk or email info@sussexbeacon.org.uk

The Sussex Beacon Half Marathon makes business awards final for ‘Best Event in the City’

A team from The Sussex Beacon attended the Brighton and Hove Business awards held last night (15th September, 2016) as the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon was a finalist in the ‘Best event in the City’ category.

Pipped to the winning post by Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival, the half marathon was chosen as a finalist as it fulfilled the criteria, demonstrating innovation, a sense of distinctiveness and putting Brighton and Hove on the map.

A small group of individuals started the half marathon in 1990 and the money raised from that first race was used to help fund the building of The Sussex Beacon. The charity still organises the race today and it’s now one of the largest running events in the south-east and a significant fundraising event for many worthy charities and causes.

Simon Dowe, CEO of the Sussex Beacon said “Obviously we’re disappointed not to win the award, but we were delighted to be finalists alongside some other amazing organisations. The half marathon would not be possible without the dedication of both staff and volunteers so I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who makes it possible. With their hard work, it’s gone from strength to strength.”

In 2014, the Brighton Half Marathon was selected to join the Vitality Run Series, which features seven of the UK’s leading half marathons and two 10Ks. 2017 will be its 27th year.

The 2016 Brighton and Hove Business Awards are held in association with The Argus. Now in their eleventh year, the BAHBAs are firmly established as the city’s premier business awards scheme.

Other finalists in the Best Event in the City category alongside the half marathon and Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival were the Brighton Fringe and Burning the Clocks.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity provides both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health. For more information visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk or email info@sussexbeacon.org.uk

The Sussex Beacon Male Peer HIV Support Group

Are you living with HIV? Would you benefit from talking with other HIV positive men? The Sussex Beacon male peer HIV support group is every 3rd Thursday 6- 8pm. We are an inclusive group of men, affected by or living with HIV.

The power of sharing with others who have experienced living with HIV can be a very rewarding and affirming activity. The first hour will focus on a pre-determined subject, then we’ll open the floor to any questions you have about HIV-related topics.
It will provide a place to talk with others, share your story and support each other around issues arising from HIV. You will be able to discuss topics with others in a respectful and open space with other men, irrespective of background.  Two HIV-positive facilitators will always be present to support and guide discussions for all participants.

Venue

The Sussex Beacon,

10 Bevendean Rd,

Brighton

BN2 4DE

First 4 dates:
22nd September, 2016
20th October, 2016
17th November, 2016
15th December, 2016

We look forward to seeing you there!

London to Brighton cycle team raises over £5k for The Sussex Beacon

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On Sunday 11th September, a team from HIV charity The Sussex Beacon tackled the ‘Do it for Charity’ London to Brighton cycle ride, raising over £5,250 to help people living with HIV in Sussex.

 

The five-strong team of staff and supporters, which included Chief Executive Simon Dowe and Clinical Services Director Jason Warriner, cycled 54 miles from Clapham Common in London to Brighton sea front. The toughest part of the challenge, Ditchling Beacon, was a mile long uphill climb to the top of the South Downs.

 

Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon said “I’m so proud of the team for the effort they put into this challenge. The climb to the top of the South Downs was particularly brutal, but the support and sponsorship we had kept us going. All the money raised will go towards our services, directly helping people living with HIV across Sussex.”

 

The full team – Simon, Jason, Rae Powers, Roy Poland and Ash Bladon. DancePicker App kindly sponsored the cycling jerseys for the event.

 

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity provides both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health. For further more information visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk or email info@sussexbeacon.org.uk

Professional success for staff at The Sussex Beacon

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Two members of the team from The Sussex Beacon have been elected to sit on the executive committee of the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA).

Jim Stanford and Andy Marshall are both clinical team leaders in the inpatient unit at The Sussex Beacon and were elected in a vote taken by NHIVNA’s 300 members. The newly elected committee will hold its first meeting tomorrow in London.

NHIVNA is a national body with over 300 members, which brings together nurses from various disciplines working in HIV patient care. The executive committee of NHIVNA allows nursing professionals to exchange information, share good practice and support nursing related research.

The NHIVNA annual conference in July saw success for another member of the team at The Sussex Beacon as Anita Johnston, Deputy Team Leader, won an award for best poster presentation for her poster on ‘The introduction of bedside handovers to improve patient care’.

Jason Warriner, Clinical Services Director at The Sussex Beacon said, “With two representatives on the NHIVNA committee and the poster presentation award, we’re really making an impact in HIV nursing on a national level. Jim and Andy will be able to share our best practice and learn from others who are also working on the frontline. We have a great team, who are always working to ensure we give our patients first-class care.”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity provides both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health. For more information visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk or email info@sussexbeacon.org.uk