The Sussex Beacon is to close its psychological services at the end of March this year, due to a loss of funding.
Three posts, the Head of Health and Wellbeing Services, the Senior Psychological Practitioner and the Trainee Psychological Practitioner are affected and are currently going through the redundancy process.
The funding historically came from The Monument Trust and the Henry Smith Charity. The Monument Trust will be closing this year and will be giving no further funding to The Sussex Beacon. As a result, the charity is no longer able to offer psychological services to people living with HIV. The only exception is the charity’s monthly mindfulness group, which will continue as normal.
Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon said, “Without the necessary funding, it’s impossible for us to keep our psychological services running. This is a huge blow to the charity as these are long standing members of staff who have provided invaluable support to people living with HIV over the years. We are doing all we can to support the staff affected and will consult with our clients to ensure that those who would like to access alternative local services are transferred as smoothly as possible.”
The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex a year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in September.
It was announced in December that The Sussex Beacon is facing the prospect of closing services, including its ten bed inpatient unit, following a reduction in the funding it receives from the NHS. Charity management and trustees have made and are continuing to make every effort to put the organisation in a stronger financial position to avoid these closures. A petition to Save the Sussex Beacon has been launched, to sign it, please click here: #savethesussexbeacon