COVID Stories: Investigating the impact of COVID-19 on local communities within East Sussex, April 2021

Executive Summary, April 2021 (Adobe PDF, 200KB) (opens new window) 

Full report, April 2021 (Adobe PDF, 1.3MB) (opens new window)

The University of Brighton carried out semi-structured interviews with a number of residents of East Sussex to gain a better understanding of the effects of the pandemic.

People interviewed included: single parents with young children; young people having just left college (18+); those shielding; those furloughed or unemployed; and people living in temporary accommodation. Ten case studies illustrate the psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across a range of individuals and circumstances.

Engaging young people to inform health improvement commissioning and delivery in East Sussex, January 2016

Summary report, November 2015 (Adobe PDF, 3MB) (opens new window) 

Full report, November 2015 (Adobe PDF, 4.9MB) (opens new window)

Literature review, November 2015 (Adobe PDF, 1MB) (opens new window)

In 2015 the University of Brighton were commissioned to undertake qualitative engagement activity as part of the review and development of health improvement services and activities relating to children, young people, families and schools.  The aim of this work was to provide greater understanding of the views and experiences of young people in East Sussex so that more effective and person-centred health improvement initiatives can be commissioned and/or delivered.  A total of 109 young people aged 11-19 years from schools and/or youth organisations across East Sussex were involved in the project and provided their views on the three main areas under investigation: whole-school approaches to health improvement; emotional wellbeing and resilience programmes, and; sexual health improvement.
An accompanying literature review synthesises the key existing local, national or international research relating to the three topic areas explored as part of the engagement activity


Rapid Evidence and Literature reviews, December 2013

The best possible start for all babies and young children (Adobe PDF, 1.5MB) (opens new window)

Safe, resilient and secure parenting for all children and young people (Adobe PDF,1.6MB) (opens new window)

Enabling people of all ages to live healthy lives and have healthy lifestyles (Adobe PDF, 2.6MB) (opens new window)

Preventing and reducing falls, accidents and injuries (Adobe PDF, 961KB) (opens new window)

Enabling people to manage and maintain their mental health and wellbeing (Adobe PDF, 1.7MB) (opens new window)

Supporting those with special educational needs, disabilities and long term conditions (Adobe PDF, 1.9MB) (opens new window)

High quality and choice of end of life care (Adobe PDF, 1.1MB) (opens new window)

These evidence reviews underpin the Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for 2013/14 and are aligned to the seven priority areas of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and supporting action plan.  For each of the seven priority areas, sub-topics have been identified which are important for delivery.  Each review contains recomendations that commissioners and multi-agency partnerships responsible for delivering the action plan supporting the implementation of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy will want to review.

NICE guidance and Public Health Outcomes, February 2013


The public health outcomes framework for England sets out objectives for the public health system in the 3 years from April 2013. It consists of 4 domains and over 60 indicators for measuring progress.  This site provides links to NICE guidance relevant to more than 40 of these indicators and shows how it can help local authorities tackle their public health priorities.

Evidence review of effective interventions for promoting health and social care primary prevention in adults and children, January 2012 

 Final report, January 2012 (Adobe PDF, 3.5MB) (opens new window)

 Full Literature Review, January 2012 (Adobe PDF, 11.9MB) (opens new window)

If the full literature review above is too large for you to download, please send an email to jsna@eastsussex.gov.uk

This evidence review identifies effective interventions aimed at preventing the onset of a health or social care problem. The focus is therefore on maintaining, independence, good health and promoting wellbeing in the population. The review covers the following topics: obesity, physical activity, drugs and alcohol, tobacco control, accident prevention, sexual health, breast feeding, independent living for older people, mental health and wellbeing, developing social capital, reducing social isolation, promoting engagement in society.

The review provides a robust evidence base for commissioning cost effective services.