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 [...]

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 [...]

Outpatients: The Future

2018-12-10T11:16:44+00:00 December 10th, 2018|

Dr Mark Hamilton, Surrey Heartlands Academy Clinical Director On any one day, NHS-related journeys account for 5% of road traffic in England; a quarter of doctors say 10-20% of their new patients didn’t need to have attended an outpatient clinic; and 28% of doctors say 10-20% of their follow up patients could have been [...]

Sharing knowledge and celebrating success

2018-12-04T11:47:27+00:00 December 4th, 2018|

Sarah Parker, Surrey Heartlands Director of Transformation Did you know that the 14 Allied Health Professions – which range from art and other therapists, through paramedics to radiographers - form the third largest workforce in health and care? The breadth of their skills and reach across people’s lives is hugely important and has the ability, quite [...]

Engaging experience

2018-10-23T10:50:26+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|

My name is Martin Edge; I have been a Citizen Ambassador for Healthwatch Surrey since the beginning of 2018. I have responsibility for Out of Hospital Care which encompasses Primary, Urgent and Emergency care. This is ideal for me as I had regular contact with the health and social care services in my previous [...]

1,000 days to make a difference

2018-10-05T13:26:41+00:00 October 5th, 2018|

Trudy Mills, Director of Children and Family Health Surrey and Women and Children’s Strategy Lead for Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, discusses the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life in beating health inequalities.   One of Surrey Heartlands’ main ambitions is for the next generation to lead healthier and more [...]

My thoughts on World Sepsis Day

2018-09-13T10:24:05+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

Today, on the eve of World Sepsis Day, I thought I would share some of my experience and thoughts which I hope will be of use to you.  I am at work relishing working with great colleagues, my fantastic team and our staff as well as my peers and our partners across the Surrey [...]