We want to hear your views

A new draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been developed for Surrey. It is the result of extensive collaboration between the NHS, Surrey County Council and wider partners, including the voluntary and community sector and police.  To access the draft strategy click here.

We want the people of Surrey to live longer, healthier lives. We believe that people should be supported to look after themselves and those they care for, and have access to services when they need them. And we want to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes within our budget. The draft strategy describes how Surrey partners plan to work together with local communities to transform services to achieve these aims, and has three key priorities:

  • Helping people in Surrey to lead healthy lives
  • Supporting the emotional wellbeing of people in Surrey
  • Supporting people in Surrey to fulfil their potential

The strategy sets out a commitment to making a real change for the next generation by focusing on these areas and on those groups within the population who need more support.  We have been talking to our citizens about these issues for several years, and the ideas put forward in the strategy build on those discussions.  Follow the link here and let us have your thoughts.  This plan is only the first step in engagement with local communities, and acknowledges the importance of engaging further with the Surrey population as we come to implement the plan over the next 10 years.

It’s important to recognise that this focuses on those priorities where we can effect change as a partnership. It is not meant to include everything, and therefore doesn’t cover sector specific, organisational or local plans although these will all need to be aligned to this overarching work.  For example, we are undertaking further work on how Surrey Heartlands will be responding to the NHS Long-term Plan and how we are planning to implement its key priorities, all within the context of this wider strategy.  We’ll bring you more information on that next time. 

This work will focus on the following key priorities outlined in the NHS Long-term Plan:

  • Boosting out of hospital care and dissolving the divide between primary and community health services
  • Reducing pressure on emergency hospital services
  • People will get more control over their own health and more personalised care when they need it
  • Increased focus on population health
  • More NHS action on prevention
  • Stronger NHS action on health inequalities
  • A strong start in life for children and young people
  • Better care for major health conditions
  • Workforce
  • Digitally enabled care will go mainstream across the NHS