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 –



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