It’s been a very busy start to the autumn for all of us at Surrey Heartlands. Early September brought some very good news. I was absolutely thrilled that we received a total of 10 nominations in the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards for 2018, including two for innovative Health and Care Partnership programmes.

It’s extremely encouraging to receive such a level of recognition as it reinforces the huge amount of innovation and integrated working taking place within our health system, resulting in tangible practical improvements for patients.

We have great, shared ambition for the future as part of our Integrated Care System and I wish all of the nominated partners luck for the judging in October and the finals ceremony which takes place in November.

It was also very pleasing to be included in the new NICE Quality Matters publication where Surrey Heartlands is one of seven case studies chosen from right across the country to demonstrate effective collaboration between health and the adult social care sector. Over recent years the collaborative relationships between health, the local authority and care providers in Surrey have gone from strength to strength and it’s lovely to be able to share this journey in the form of a case study.

It’s always heartening to be able to showcase our work to other healthcare professionals and so we were delighted to welcome senior hospital leaders from Holland to our area where they visited Epsom hospital and observed first hand a fantastic example of truly integrated care. They left inspired and I look forward to hearing how this may shape their own approach back home.

Finally, for this month, the work to plan ahead for the winter months has started, so we can build resilience for this challenging period and be best equipped to deal with this season across the Surrey Heartlands area.

With very best wishes,

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands