The Sussex Beacon’s Clinical Director given Award of Merit by the Royal College of Nursing

The Sussex Beacon’s Clinical Director, Jason Warriner, was presented with the Award of Merit by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on Saturday.

The prestigious award was given in recognition of his outstanding contribution to nursing. Clinical Director at The Sussex Beacon since 2015, Jason heads up clinical services at the charity. He ensures the smooth running of the inpatient unit alongside supporting other services, as well as being a key part of the Senior Management Team for the organisation.

Jason is a well-known and highly respected figure both within and outside the RCN. He is the Current Chair of the RCN’s Public Health Forum and he has held many positions within the College. He is passionate about how the RCN can help benefit individuals, the profession and improve patient care. His work in the field of HIV and sexual health is exceptional.

Jason said, “I’m truly honoured to receive this award and I’m very grateful to those who nominated me. The RCN plays a pivotal role in promoting excellent nursing practice and working with them is something I feel passionate about. Sharing expertise and knowledge means we can offer the best possible care to our patients.”

Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon, Simon Dowe said “The Award of Merit is very well deserved. Jason works incredibly hard with the team here and his input helped to ensure that the charity received an outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission when we were assessed last year. We’re all very proud of him.”

Glowing feedback for The Sussex Beacon’s inpatient unit

The Sussex Beacon has received some glowing feedback from people with HIV who have recently used its inpatient unit.

In the survey, given to patients on discharge, 100% of people said that their needs were adequately met and they were treated with respect and dignity. Everyone surveyed also said that the staff were either good or excellent at explaining things clearly. When asked whether they felt they had benefited from their stay at The Sussex Beacon all respondents answered either ‘definitely’ or ‘greatly’.

Direct comments from those who have stayed at the inpatient unit included:

  • “I can only thank the staff for looking after me so completely during my stay. It is like staying with friends who care, willing to lend an empathetic ear when needed.”


  • With the help and friendliness of staff and other patients, I realise how socially isolated I had become and depressed. I now realise that I have a future again and my life is worth something. I cannot express how much this stay at The Beacon has benefitted me. Apart from a big smile!”


  • This was my first time ever admitted into such a wonderful professional place. I thought the staff deserve a medal for their outstanding caring professionalism. I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for how I was treated.”

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon said, “Feedback like this makes me incredibly proud. Our staff are outstanding – caring, passionate and professional. Support is always tailored to individual needs and a lot of time is spent ensuring people are happy with the care they receive. Comments like this show we’re getting things right, which is great to hear.”

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ due to treatment advances

A study in The Lancet has found that young people diagnosed with HIV in the US and Europe now have a near normal life expectancy because of improvements in drug treatments.

Twenty-year-olds who started antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are projected to live 10 years longer than those first using it in 1996. This means many people can expect to live as long as those without the condition.

Antiretroviral therapy, or ART, first became widely used in the mid 1990s. The drugs block the HIV virus’ replication which helps prevent and repair damage to the immune system. They also work to reduce onward transmission.

Jason Warriner, Clinical Director at The Sussex Beacon said “The advances that have been made in HIV treatments are incredible. People diagnosed with HIV have gone from being told it was effectively a death sentence, to being told to expect a long, healthy life. Not only that, but the new drugs need fewer doses, have fewer side effects and can suppress the virus so much, it’s very difficult to pass on. The work that’s been done in this area is really something to be proud of.”

Prompt diagnosis and treatment is key to living a normal lifespan. Prevention campaigns, testing and treatment all work hand in hand to tackle HIV and reduce the number of new diagnoses. To find out where to take a test locally visit

While many people now live well with HIV, The Sussex Beacon supports people with serious HIV related illnesses, cancer, or those with drug regime or mental health problems. There will be challenges ahead supporting a new generation of older people living with HIV as well – people aged over 50 now represent one in three of all those living with HIV.

Volunteer Driver

If you are looking for a flexible role that gets you out and about meeting people this could be the role for you. This is a vital role helping to keep the donations coming into us at The Sussex Beacon from the local community. The role requires you to be available for one or two mornings or afternoons a month. This role would ideally suit two people working together (a driver and mate)

As part of this role you will be:

  • Delivering and collecting collection boxes/buckets to and from local businesses, pubs and clubs in Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas, and bringing them back to us at The Sussex Beacon.
  • Promoting the work of The Sussex Beacon in the community, and where possible, forming a relationship with the businesses for future support (raffle prizes, events marketing etc)
  • Full training will be given; you must have your own vehicle and will be reimbursed for mileage. You must have a full, valid driving license and an up to date MOT for the vehicle. Also, your car must be correctly insured for carrying out collections for The Sussex Beacon.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist care and support for people living with HIV. We promote independence and improve health and wellbeing by providing inpatient and outpatient services.

You must be over 18 and hold a clean driving licence. The role requires a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check which is repeated on a rolling 3 yearly basis.
The role is also subject to satisfactory references and a trial period.

If you are interested in this role please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator at The Sussex Beacon on 01273 694222

The David Hill Experience Raises £3,368.00 for The Sussex Beacon

Having taken a two-year break from the stage, David Hill returned to Proud Cabaret with his trademark show ‘The David Hill Experience’ on Wednesday 26th April.

David, Founder and Managing Director of Brighton based events business E3, played host to an evening which included stellar performances from Keris Lea, Jenna Hall, Dolly Rocket and topping the bill were Brighton’s biggest girl group, The Sundaes. All the artists gave up their time for free so that the proceeds on the night could go towards The Sussex Beacon.

The night was a sell-out with just under one hundred people who were invited to buy raffle tickets and take part in a silent auction with all the money raised going to the charity.

David also used the evening as an opportunity to launch The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay which forms part of The Brighton Half Marathon. Four local businesses pledged to enter teams on the night and this raised even more money for the charity.

Speaking about the night David commented ‘I’m thrilled to see so many regulars here after such a long break and some new faces too. The maximum amount ever raised on one of these nights was £2,221.00 so we have well and truly broken the fundraising record this evening with a staggering £3,368.00 raised for The Sussex Beacon’.

The money is being raised as part of the ‘Save The Sussex Beacon’ campaign. The CEO of the charity, Simon Dowe, commented ‘Huge thanks have to go to David and all the people involved with this great night. Not only was it very successful at raising much-needed funds for The Sussex Beacon but it was also an entertaining and fun night out’.

David is planning to organise another show later in the year.