The Surrey Heartlands Clinical Academy is one of Surrey Heartlands’ distinctive strengths that really set our Partnership apart and make the work we are doing both exciting and unique. It is a virtual network that supports clinicians with the adoption and spread of innovation and best practice by working beyond organisational boundaries to discover solutions that will improve outcomes in health and care.
The Academy model and clinical leadership approach was presented at the first national meeting of Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Executive and Clinical Leads. There was significant interest in the approach nationally which is leading to enquiries and interest in work we are undertaking.
The Academy is also and importantly tasked with reducing unwarranted clinical variation, which means people in Surrey Heartlands can expect the same levels of high quality care and outcomes no matter where they live. We are delighted to be supported in this work by the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Academic Health Science Network.
A paper on our strategic approach to working with industry has been revised and updated and will be presented to the Surrey Heartlands Transformation Board in March.
We have secured some funding to help us with our journey to improvement quality outcomes. Most notably these have been:
- from NHSE to support us in our focus on clinical leadership and developing of communities of practice – bringing together people who share a desire for improvement, or see a problem that they cannot solve alone to work together.
- from Health Education England to focus on embedding quality improvement approaches across our system, where historically these have been based around individual organizational approaches