Surrey Heartlands is taking the next step in our journey towards being a fully devolved health and social care system;  we have now agreed new ways of working for dental, immunisation services and some specialised commissioning work – read more below.

I feel particularly proud that our Citizen Ambassador programme recently won a Healthwatch England top award at their national conference – a great acknowledgement of the value of this innovative approach to citizen engagement.  I’m also delighted that a new Specialist Perinatal Mental Health service has now been launched across Surrey Heartlands which you can read about here. 

We continue to be invited to share our work on the national platform.  At this month’s Local Government Partnership Network conference Sarah Parker and Helen Atkinson spoke about the challenges and benefits of working across a devolved health and care system, and Dr Charlotte Canniff and Dr Hilary Floyd talked about how we are strengthening primary care at the National Association of Primary Care’s annual conference – you can read more below.

I would also like to draw your attention to a blog written by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Fiona Edwards, about her personal experience of suffering from sepsis earlier this year which you can read here.

Finally, Carol Pearson, who has served as Chief Executive at Surrey Coalition of Disabled People since 2007 has decided it’s time to retire. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Carol for her work over the years on behalf of disabled people and wish her the best for the future.

With very best wishes,

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands