Looking at the longer-term, Surrey Heartlands is now working with Surrey County Council and other public sector partners to develop a 10 year strategic plan across Surrey which will also take into account the NHS Long-term Plan, expected to be published in early December.

Following the recent five-year funding settlement earlier this year, the NHS was asked to set out its long-term plan.  At local level, health and care systems are also being asked to develop their own five-year plans which will be published later in 2019. 

In Surrey Heartlands we are ahead of the curve as we have already started a piece of work across the wider Surrey public sector to agree long-term objectives that all partners can sign up to.  Work has started on engaging key partners in developing a set of strategic principles, and an initial draft will be finalised early in the New Year following publication of the NHS Long-term Plan. 

Known as the 2030 Plan, this will need to recognise the significant financial challenge faced across the system, the Council’s new 2030 vision as well as placing more emphasis on working much more closely with partners to support our local population needs, particularly around the wider determinants of population health and wellbeing outcomes. 

Along with partners across Surrey we will be engaging widely with local residents and staff in the New Year so watch this space.