Death is a long term condition

2019-05-15T10:22:03+01:00May 15th, 2019|

The theme for this year’s Dying Matters awareness week, which runs until the 19th May, is “are we ready?” The answer is: generally no. Despite decades of research - and hundreds if not thousands of years of well documented, but not necessarily systematically canonised folklore - we still struggle with death and its impact. [...]

The health of residents is a top priority for all of us

2019-05-03T11:30:45+01:00May 7th, 2019|

We all know that getting the right approach to population health management – at system, place and neighbourhood level – is far from straightforward. But it is a challenge that can be met if the health, care, and local government sectors work together in partnership. Across all sectors, there is growing sense of common [...]

The Surrey 500: Creating a true culture of collaboration

2019-04-18T13:37:39+01:00April 22nd, 2019|

By Sarah Parker, ICS Director of Transformation and The Academy   Surrey 500, our new system leadership programme, commences on 23rd May, and it’s exciting to see nominations coming in from across Surrey Heartlands partners including the voluntary sector. The challenges facing the NHS and social care can at times seem overwhelming. In the [...]

Are carers putting their own care on hold?

2019-04-05T08:37:58+01:00April 8th, 2019|

Teresa Lane, Citizen Ambassador - Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programme I was reading recently that 12% of the UK’s population provided some form of unpaid care last year and that unpaid carers save British taxpayers £139 billion each year; that’s almost as much as the entire nation’s health spending. It’s undeniable that unpaid carers provide [...]

Exploring how Technology and Innovation can deliver better patient experiences

2019-04-08T09:18:51+01:00April 1st, 2019|

Dr Charlotte Roberts, Senior Programme Manager for Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network At Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) we’re committed to looking at how we can harness technology and innovation to improve clinical outcomes, deliver better patient experiences and drive down the cost of care. We’re thrilled to [...]

Citizen Ambassadors – the first 12 months

2019-03-15T09:11:55+01:00March 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+01:00March 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

2019-03-26T09:21:51+01:00March 6th, 2019|

I think I am just beginning to appreciate the enormous and revolutionary impacts and benefits that healthcare technologies, in all the many forms, have 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 [...]

Harmful drinking – it could be us!

2019-02-19T10:09:20+01:00February 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. [...]