Monthly Archives: October 2018


Welcome to our October newsletter

2018-10-30T11:43:38+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Surrey Heartlands is taking the next step in our journey towards being a fully devolved health and social care system;  we have now agreed new ways of working for dental, immunisation services and some specialised commissioning work – read more below. I feel particularly proud that our Citizen Ambassador programme recently won a Healthwatch [...]

Taking on more devolved responsibilities

2018-10-30T12:35:17+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Our devolution agreement has taken a further step forward after our proposals around dental and immunisation services, along with some specialised commissioning work, were recently approved by our regulators. Our new agreement for these services means we will be sharing decision-making with NHS England through a ‘seat at the table’ commitment;  the statutory responsibility [...]

Joint project between Healthwatch Surrey and Surrey Heartlands scoops national award

2018-10-30T12:32:07+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Ground-breaking work to involve local people in the delivery of their health and social care services, pioneered by Surrey Heartlands in partnership with Healthwatch Surrey, has won a national award. The award was announced by NHS boss Simon Stevens at the Healthwatch England Annual Conference. The Healthwatch England award category ‘NHS 70’ was designed [...]

NHS England Medical Director praises service for elderly patients

2018-10-30T12:28:33+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s Medical Director,  visited the innovative Woking Community Hospital-based Bedser Hub to find out how CSH Surrey are leading the way with a successful integrated health and wellbeing service. Professor Powis was impressed with the insight his visit provided into how the Hubs deliver a joined up service for patients. [...]

1,000 days to make a difference

2018-10-30T12:24:57+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Trudy Mills, Director of Children and Family Health Surrey and Women and Children’s Strategy Lead for Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, discusses the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life in beating health inequalities in a blog published this month by NHS England.  Trudy joined Chief Executive of Surrey County [...]

CEO of Surrey Coalition Of Disabled People to retire

2018-10-30T12:18:29+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Carol Pearson, who has served as Chief Executive at Surrey Coalition of Disabled People since 2007 when she helped change its structure and its name from Surrey Users Network, has announced she will retire by March 2019.  Before her involvement with user-led organisations supporting disabled people, Carol spent most of her earlier career in [...]

Step into Health

2018-10-30T12:14:10+00:00October 30th, 2018|

The NHS is the largest employer in Europe. There are over 350 different careers in the NHS almost half of which are non-clinical; and there is a role for everyone with the right skills and values. Developed in conjunction with The Royal Foundation and Walking with the Wounded, Step into Health provides a dedicated [...]

Strengthening primary care in Surrey Heartlands

2018-10-30T12:07:54+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Surrey Heartlands was on centre stage at the recent National Association of Primary Care’s (NAPC) annual conference.  Describing how we are working with GP practices to strengthen primary care across Surrey Heartlands were Dr Charlotte Canniff (GP Chair at North West Surrey CCG) and Dr Hilary Floyd from Derby Medical Centre in Epsom. Charlotte [...]

DrinkCoach Surrey – free online sessions for alcohol drinkers

2018-10-30T11:59:32+00:00October 30th, 2018|

A new service aimed at adults drinking at risky levels has been launched in Surrey. DrinkCoach – an online coaching service - connects residents with alcohol specialists via Skype and is free for Surrey residents. Almost 30% of adults in Surrey drink above the recommended levels and are therefore putting themselves at risk of [...]

Inspirational quality improvement event

2018-10-30T11:54:16+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Inspirational, exciting and encouraging– that’s how delegates at the Surrey Heartlands Academy’s Connections event described the day as more than 70 colleagues from across the partnership came together for an event focused on Quality Improvement.   They heard from keynote speaker Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, on the national perspective. [...]