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Nominations for Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards now open

2019-01-30T09:36:13+00:00 January 30th, 2019|

These awards are now in their third year and, building on the success of last year, include an increased number of awards on offer to Allied Health Professionals, AHP students and support workers. The Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Awards celebrate the contribution AHPs have made in supporting improvements in health, care and wellbeing and [...]

The importance of Making Every Contact Count

2019-01-29T08:56:32+00:00 January 29th, 2019|

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that many will be familiar with. The idea is simple – it uses day-to-day conversations to promote positive and healthy lifestyle behaviour change by encouraging people to talk about and refect upon the impact of risky lifestyle behaviours. Surrey Heartlands launched its MECC [...]

Developing our primary care networks

2019-01-30T12:08:22+00:00 January 30th, 2019|

Primary care networks are the foundation in developing a true integrated care system.  Following the launch of the Long-term Plan on 7th January, we brought together our primary care network (PCN) leads at an interactive workshop to have a wider conversation on taking these networks forward. Primary Care Networks, a relatively new term, is [...]

Independent review calls for better use of GP workload data from Surrey project

2019-01-30T09:35:15+00:00 January 30th, 2019|

The final report of the GP Partnership Review was published earlier this month and one of its recommendations is for improvements in the use of GP workload data gathered by a joint project involving Surrey Heartlands and the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Research and Surveillance Centre at the University of Surrey. The Review [...]

The Wider Determinants of Health: Is this a new thing?

2019-01-21T12:25:32+00:00 January 21st, 2019|

Prevention of avoidable illness is rightly an important focus in the NHS Long Term Plan, which was launched this month. As demand for NHS services continues to grow exponentially, improving the prevention of avoidable illnesses has the potential to yield significant savings. The NHS in England spends more than £15.5 billion per annum treating illness [...]

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

2019-01-31T16:16:28+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 [...]