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As mental health care evolves and changes as a Trust, we need to ensure we keep up to date with the best care for anyone who walks through our doors for help. This can be achieved by conducting our research studies to trial new forms of treatment. Our latest study we are running at Sussex Partnership is with our Voices Clinic to look at voice-hearing in the context of Anorexia and testing if Relating Therapy is helpful across a range of conditions.

A new year brings new changes at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust! We are pleased to announce that we have officially appointed Funmi Onamusi as our brand-new Chief People Officer.

Before joining our outstanding Trust, Funmi previously worked at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where she worked as the Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and was responsible for the inclusion agenda for 14,000 staff and one million patients. In this role, she led the development of the Trust's Roadmap to Inclusion 2022-2024, which sets out the steps King's is taking to become a more inclusive place to work and be treated. Before joining King's, Funmi worked for the global management consultancy EY (formerly Ernst & Young) in their workforce transformation team and was Director of HR and Operations in the charity sector.
Our Chief Executive, Dr Jane Padmore, announced the news to staff along with saying:
 
"With a career that spans 20 years across consulting and industry roles, Funmi's experience includes strategic human resources, workforce development and talent management. She will be a welcome addition to the Trust and to our health and care system when she joins us in April 2023."

Each year we try to make the Christmas period special for our service users. Whether it's covering our sites with Christmas decorations to bring a bit of extra sparkle or hosting parties blasting out the cheesy Christmas hits we all know and love. We want to bring joy to all users who come to us for treatment. Our charity Heads On is leading the activities this year and getting staff at our sites and your workplace to have some fun.

It can be hard to stay active in the winter months. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, it can be easy to let your exercise routines slip in favour of the "it's Christmas, I'll start again in the new year" mindset. However, staying active during this period can help you not only keep yourself healthy but also boost your mental health during this cold period. To help provide a little extra motivation, we have partnered with Love to Ride to join in with their Winter Wheelers Challenge 2022 and get staff and users to hop back on their bikes.

When people come for treatment at the Selden Centre, we aim to provide a place where they feel supported and trusted. We spoke to Kelvin Tunha about his role as a shift leader and how using the least restrictive practice method has improved user time at the centre.

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