About Us | South Downs Health & Care

SDHC GP Federation was established in 2016 as a member organisation. We serve 22 GP practices and provide healthcare services to approximately 300,000 patients in the areas of Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford, Bexhill, Lewes and High Weald.

Over the years, SDHC has expanded its services, starting with the provision of pharmacists and paramedics through the GP Forward View.

It has since developed Extended Access Services, including the Weekend Care Home LCS, to delivering a highly successful Covid-19 vaccination programme. Additionally, SDHC can deliver a range of clinical services at short notice to address the demanding winter pressures and beyond.

In order to continue to maximally support NHS services, we now also provide private services which create profits we can reinvest in services that are free at the point of care.


SDHC Vision

Better Health & Wellbeing. Today & Tomorrow 

SDHC Mission

People will experience the best possible health and wellbeing through accessible, sustainable, person-centred, safe, effective, and efficient services, with seamless transfers of care when required.

Practices and PCNs will be supported by SDHC through surge capacity, scale, and delivery support where appropriate.

The Integrated Care Board and other providers will witness and engage with an organisation that collaborates effectively across Sussex and delivers the best possible services – helping people to thrive and be the best they can, being healthier and feeling supported.

SDHC Values

Our values lay down the foundation of SDHC. They shape our priorities and define what matters most to us.

To make our values memorable, we use the acronym - I CARE VERY MUCH


We build trust through responsible actions and honest relationships.


We care about our patients, colleagues, practices, and our vision and values.


We are all responsible for our words, actions, and results and take ownership of our work every day.


We believe in the importance of all stakeholders, value their ideas and beliefs, and treat people with dignity and professionalism.

Empathy, Equality and Empowerment:

We seek to understand people, strive for equality and empower people to achieve what they need.


We provide the best value, and we recognise the value each of us brings.

Making a Difference:

The work we do will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people and achieve (and be able to evidence) the highest possible standards.

What is a GP Federation?

Over the past decade, the NHS has implemented organisational reforms to promote collaboration among GPs from different practices, aiming to enhance primary care for NHS patients. At the core of these reforms are GP Federations, which play a crucial role in NHS primary care services. Essentially, a GP Federation is a collective of practices and primary care teams that work together to improve healthcare. They take on collective responsibility for the creation and delivery of high-quality, patient-centric services tailored to the specific needs of their local populations.

Certified Social Enterprise

SHDC is a social enterprise with a clear focus on increasing access to community healthcare in East Sussex. 

Unlike traditional businesses, our primary goal is not solely profit-making. Instead, we generate revenue and reinvest a percentage of it back into the company to achieve our objectives whilst maintaining financial sustainability. This approach allows us to prioritise the needs of the community and ensure the long-term success of our organisation.

Learn more on the Social Enterprise UK website

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