Citizen Ambassadors – the first 12 months

2019-03-15T09:11:55+00:00March 18th, 2019|

It is now 12 months since Healthwatch Surrey recruited seven Citizen Ambassadors (CAs) with the express purpose of playing “a full and active part” in the “transformation programme in health and social care”.  In practice this means providing an independent citizen perspective within the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System’s transformation workstreams and proactively seeking [...]

Improving Outcomes for Frail Elderly People

2019-03-11T10:04:03+00:00March 11th, 2019|

It’s been very well documented that extended lengths of stay can have a significantly detrimental effect on long term care needs and patient outcomes for frail, elderly people. With an ageing population, our hospital inpatient service sees more and more patients who are frail with complex needs. With this in mind, the Executive team [...]

Emphasis on humanity in the heat of the tech revolution

2019-03-06T16:22:08+00:00March 6th, 2019|

I think I am just beginning to appreciate the enormous revolutionary impacts and benefits that healthcare technology in all its many forms has the potential to give to patients, healthcare workers, organisations, the NHS and society in general. A revolution so large it might even be seen from space! As the lead for the [...]

Harmful drinking – it could be us!

2019-02-19T10:09:20+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Dr David Fluck’s blog on the wider determinants of health, specifically the focus on alcohol prevention in the Long Term Plan not being a new thing, was both inspiring and a good ‘call to action’. The cost of alcohol misuse to the NHS is significant, as David shows us, but the impact doesn’t end there. [...]

Mental health – taking a more integrated approach

2019-02-08T15:10:14+00:00February 11th, 2019|

I must admit I am new to this blogging thing, so please forgive me if I don’t quite adhere to blogging etiquette! I’m a GP in Surrey Downs and clinical lead for the mental health workstream for Surrey Heartlands, and wanted the opportunity to tell people about an important new model for mental health [...]

Exploding the myths of primary care

2019-02-04T08:33:17+00:00February 4th, 2019|

A GP named A J Cronin blessed us in the 1960s and early 1970s with Dr Finlay’s Casebook, a grainy black and white televised account of family doctors in the Scottish Highlands of the 1920s. Gouty old Doctor Cameron could not suppress either the charm or the good humour of the suave young Finlay, [...]

The importance of Making Every Contact Count

2019-01-29T08:56:32+00:00January 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 [...]

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

2019-01-21T12:25:32+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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 [...]