Monthly Archives: August 2018


Welcome to our August newsletter

2018-08-30T15:28:39+01:00August 30th, 2018|

I was delighted to see not one but two initiatives designed to improve access to GP services going into action in areas of Surrey Heartlands this month. People will now have extended access to additional appointments during the evenings and at weekends at a number of locations across Surrey Heartlands. Public satisfaction with general [...]

Developing locations for new maternity community hubs

2018-08-30T15:26:03+01:00August 30th, 2018|

A town-centre location has been found for a new maternity community hub in Woking. Working with Woking Borough Council, the Surrey Heartlands Maternity Together transformation team is hoping the new hub will open early in 2019, which will provide services for around 1,700 pregnant women a year. “This is a great example of partnership [...]

Surrey Care Record goes live

2018-08-30T15:21:00+01:00August 30th, 2018|

The Surrey Care Record – a digital health and social care record sharing scheme for central and east Surrey went live this week.  This first phase will see some GP practices begin sharing electronic patient records with the A&E departments at St Peter’s, East Surrey, Epsom and Royal Surrey Hospitals. In the weeks and [...]

Extra GP appointments now available across Surrey Heartlands

2018-08-30T15:16:29+01:00August 30th, 2018|

August has seen it become a lot easier for people pressed for time to make an appointment with a GP thanks to a new national ‘extended access’ initiative which is improving access to primary care services. By working together in a new and different way GP practices will be improving access to primary care [...]

Supporting  staff to incorporate ‘healthy conversations’ into everyday situations

2018-08-30T15:12:42+01:00August 30th, 2018|

Empowering frontline staff to feel confident and comfortable when they engage in conversations about health related issues with the people they meet is the aim of a new workforce development programme rolling out across Surrey Heartlands from September.   Making Every Contact Count (MECC) makes the most of the day-to-day interactions that staff have [...]

£6m funding to improve digitisation in healthcare provider organisations

2018-08-30T15:08:08+01:00August 30th, 2018|

£6m funding to improve  digitisation in healthcare provider organisations Surrey Heartlands has been offered a £6m share of the £412.5m funding for Health System Led Investment (HSLI) recently announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP. The funding is to be allocated over the next three years to [...]

2018 Surrey Carers flu jab voucher scheme

2018-08-30T15:03:08+01:00August 30th, 2018|

Surrey is encouraging all carers to get vaccinated against flu. This year the Surrey CCG collaborative, Surrey County Council and The Surrey and Sussex local pharmaceutical committee have approved a Surrey Carers flu jab voucher aimed at improving the uptake of Carer flu vaccination. These vouchers will be available through front line Carers Support [...]

Welcome to our July newsletter

2018-08-30T14:46:23+01:00August 1st, 2018|

Welcome to our July newsletter It’s terribly British to talk about the weather; but we have been having such untypical weather over the last few weeks I would like to take this opportunity to remind us that while many people enjoy the heat, there can be serious health consequences especially over prolonged periods, with [...]

Surrey Heartlands and Royal College of GPs to create primary care workload observatory

2018-08-30T14:44:39+01:00August 1st, 2018|

The Royal College of General Practitioners’ Research and Surveillance Centre (RCGP RSC) and Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership are at the centre of an NHS England-backed project to create a new way to understand the workload demand on GPs. Workload is a challenge for primary care in England and having a greater understanding [...]

Hackathons help visualise data differently to aid decision making

2018-08-30T14:44:03+01:00August 1st, 2018|

Good quality analysis and the ability to use information effectively is an essential element in any health care system. Analysis can help shape care for individual patients as well as informing decisions for services or across organisations and health systems. Surrey Heartlands has secured funding from The Health Foundation‘s Advancing Applied Analytics programme which [...]