Developing our Devolution
Surrey Heartlands is taking the next step in our journey towards being a fully devolved health and social care system; we and our regulators have now agreed new ways of working for dental, immunisation services and some specialised commissioning work.
Our new agreement for these services means we will be sharing decision-making with NHS England through a ‘seat at the table’ commitment. While the statutory responsibility for decision-making will remain with NHS England, it will be done in full collaboration with Surrey Heartlands meaning more say locally about these important services.
Our Devolution journey is
Accelerating the integration of health and social care through much closer working between partners
Increasing public engagement and the involvement of the people of Surrey Heartlands around the transformation of health and social care
Increasing local decision-making and flexibilities to achieve the best possible outcomes for the local population
This complements the arrangements around delegated primary care commissioning (which is currently in place in North West Surrey and Guildford and Waverley, and has just been agreed for Surrey Downs). On the ground, this means staff within the NHS England Local Office working on dental, immunisation and other areas of specialised commissioning starting to work much more closely with colleagues in the Surrey Heartlands team.
Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership is a Wave 1 Integrated Care System (ICS) with a specific devolution agreement between Surrey Heartlands, NHS England and NHS Improvement signed in June 2017 which set out the commitment of those partners to the ‘progressive implementation of devolution in Surrey Heartlands.
For more information please contact the Surrey Heartlands communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us link below.