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Prevention assessment teams (PATs)

What are Prevention assessment teams (PATs)

Prevention assessment teams are multidisciplinary teams that support people to maintain their independence, health and wellbeing in their own homes.
PATs normally work with people who do not receive other specialist health or social care services. PATs can provide information and advice and access to practical and emotional support either over the phone or with a home visit.

Prevention assessment teams (PATs) include:

  • Assistant Care Mangers from WSCC
  • Health Advisors from Sussex Community Trust
  • Social Care workers & Community Support workers from Guild Care & Age UK West Sussex
  • Support workers for the PAT Working Age Service from the Richmond Fellowship.

There are three general teams that cover different parts of West Sussex and one specialist team for working-age adults that covers the whole county.

What information can I find here? These pages contain information about what services PATs can offer and how to contact them. Click using the arrows to the right and left or the heading at the top to move through this section and see what information is available.

How can Prevention assessment teams (PATs) help?

  • check your general state of health and wellbeing
  • help you identify what may benefit you to retain your independence
  • enable you to make any changes
  • let you know what resources may be useful to you
  • provide assistance to access practical and emotional support

The teams have close links to carers' services, local day centres, Sussex Partnership NHS, Wellbeing hubs, the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Neighbourhood Watch and many other voluntary and community services.

Working Age Adults' Service

This service offers specialist support for adults of working age who face difficulties with everyday life, including people with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome.

The Working Age Adults’ Service includes three specialist social workers and three specialist community support workers employed by the Richmond Fellowship. The focus is on practical skills, such as cooking, housework, shopping, travelling independently and managing paid or voluntary work.

How can Prevention assessment teams (PATs) help you to help yourself?

Prevention assessment teams can:

  • advise you about how to keep healthy and manage health issues
  • link you with agencies that can maximise your income or support you to stay independent through help with practical tasks such as shopping, cleaning and gardening
  • put you in touch with local social groups and activities, from history groups or art classes to whist drives, learning courses, such as computer skills, and sewing clubs
  • help you keep your home safe, secure and warm
  • let you know what transport services are available locally

Free health checks

Health advisers from prevention assessment teams can also provide free NHS health checks.

Contact your local prevention assessment team (PAT)

Northern Prevention Assessment Team
Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex
Phone 01403 229510

Southern Prevention Assessment Team
Littlehampton, Chanctonbury, Worthing and Adur
Phone 01273 268900

Western Prevention Assessment Team
Chichester District, Arundel, Pulborough, Billingshurst and Bognor Regis
Phone 01243 642370

Working Age Adults' Service
Across West Sussex
Phone: numbers as above

Watch our short film about the teams and the work they do

Contact your nearest PAT if you have any questions or you think we may be able to help you or someone you care for.

For more information about the PATs service, you can download a copy of these leaflets.
Prevention Assessment Teams leaflet (PDF, 200KB)
Working age (PDF, 1.6MB)

Visit our Local wellbeing hubs page.

Last reviewed: 11/02/2019

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