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Reflecting on the new NHS Long-term Plan

2019-01-14T10:17:57+00:00 January 14th, 2019|

It is tempting to see strategic plans as radical calls to arms but generally they are not. A long sea voyage in uncertain waters is a more apt metaphor. The great merit of the new NHS Long Term Plan is that it is presented as a journey – one that does not underplay the [...]

Could diet and exercise within routine NHS care end Type Two diabetes?

2019-01-04T15:54:13+00:00 January 7th, 2019|

By Tracey Fossaluzza, Diabetes Programme Manager, Surrey Heartlands What if there was a way to benefit the millions of people living with Type Two diabetes and help them live well for longer? Recently NHS England announced that it will be rolling out a pilot Type Two diabetes remission programme, inspired by the success of [...]

New Year’s resolutions

2018-12-31T09:19:16+00:00 December 31st, 2018|

It’s a truism that New Year’s resolutions are set up to fail, although intriguingly there is some research to suggest that they are still more likely to succeed than commitments made at other times of year (but perhaps that’s just the way Old Father Time, The Easter Bunny and other seasonal icons carved up [...]

Controlling Diabetes – Phil Hall

2019-01-02T12:33:17+00:00 December 24th, 2018|

Phil Hall used to weigh almost 30 stones (190.5 kg) and had been diagnosed with Type Two diabetes with severe swelling in both legs. Having realised it was up to him to improve his situation he signed up to one of the Xpert Diabetes programmes commissioned by Surrey Heartlands. What happened next?  You can watch [...]

Taking a view on the health impact of loneliness

2018-12-31T09:14:50+00:00 December 24th, 2018|

The last three years have seen an increasing focus on the health impact of loneliness, with even that normally unsensational journal The Economist highlighting “heart attacks, strokes, cancers, eating disorders, drug abuse, sleep deprivation, depression, alcoholism and anxiety” as some of its associated morbidities in a recent article. So it seems fitting in Christmas [...]

Welcome to our December newsletter

2018-12-20T16:02:21+00:00 December 20th, 2018|

Earlier this month we were delighted to hear that Surrey Heartlands has been allocated over £11m of capital funding as part of a recent national announcement; you can read more about our successful bids below. As a partnership we are continuing our journey towards becoming a more integrated health and care system which we [...]

Healthwatch Surrey Community Cash Fund Launching January 2019

2018-12-20T17:01:40+00:00 December 20th, 2018|

Healthwatch Surrey has announced the return of its Community Cash Fund. The aim of the fund is to help small groups start projects which improve health and wellbeing in their local communities. 2019 will be the fourth consecutive year for the Fund and Healthwatch Surrey has high hopes that it will be the biggest [...]

£11 million capital funding to improve patient care

2018-12-20T16:04:30+00:00 December 20th, 2018|

Surrey Heartlands was delighted to receive over £11m capital funding earlier this month as part of the national capital funding announcements.  The £11m was in response to two successful funding bids; £7.6m to Epsom & St Helier Hospitals to allow the relocation of services from the New Epsom & Ewell Community Hospital to Epsom, [...]

Becoming a more ‘integrated’ system

2018-12-20T16:05:03+00:00 December 20th, 2018|

There is an increasing national drive for health and social care to work in partnership - across organisational boundaries and in multi-disciplinary teams – and we know this more joined up ‘integrated’ approach brings real benefits for patients.  We are on a journey to create a much more integrated system across Surrey Heartlands, working [...]

Outpatient system ‘isn’t working anywhere near as well as it should’

2018-12-20T16:05:40+00:00 December 20th, 2018|

The future of outpatient care was the subject of an event organised by the Surrey Heartlands Academy when it hosted a visit by the President of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Professor Andrew Goddard (pictured).  Professor Goddard outlined the work of the RCP to clinicians and other delegates and spoke of its recently published [...]