Sussex Community NHS FT commits to measuring social impact

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has signed up to a new framework with an aim to measure its’ social impact.  

In partnership with Rt Hon Anne Milton, former Public Health Minister, and Rt Hon Justine Greening, former Education Secretary, the trust will create an impact report to measure the social impact of its operations.  

The impact will be measured using ‘Purpose Goals’ – a criteria which focuses on key life stages from childhood through to adulthood, alongside other criterion such as good health and wellbeing, as well as barriers such as fair career progression.  

Benchmarking its’ activities, the trust will extract from areas of best practice and identify where more could be done to promote social improvement for local communities.  

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive, SCFT, said: “As an anchor organisation committed to addressing social inequalities in our community, I am immensely proud that the Trust is the first NHS community provider organisation in the Southeast to join the Purpose Coalition.  

“The pandemic has exacerbated and further embedded inequalities in the region, particularly in terms of health outcomes and employment opportunities. The Purpose Goals framework provides a mechanism for guiding and tracking progress in tackling these inequalities. I am excited to begin work with Justine, Anne and other partner organisations to help achieve positive change for our communities.” 

Justine Greening said: “NHS organisations play a vital role in society by spreading opportunity and tackling health inequalities in their communities. The inequalities that exist in different communities across the UK have been highlighted even more following the coronavirus pandemic. The work of the NHS, in collaboration with others, is crucial in tackling these inequalities. 

“The Purpose Goals architecture is a tool for committed organisations, such as Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, to measure and articulate their purpose and impact. It is brilliant to be working with an organisation that wants to go further with its role as an anchor institution within the local community.”