Information: Our guide to new plans for NHS and care services in Surrey

16th December 2016

Most people in Surrey will know that NHS and social care services are under enormous pressure.We see almost daily in the media about the increasing demand for services, the costs of more sophisticated treatments, workforce pressures and financial challenges. These issues and problems are so complex that no single body or group can possibly solve them alone. It will take all of us – health and social care system partners (commissioners and providers), user and carer representatives, and others – working effectively together to ensure services are sustainable for the future.

Health and care organisations across England have been grouped together across 44 larger areas known as ‘geographic footprints’ to plan services and develop ‘sustainability and transformation plans (STP)’. The STPs (sometimes called ‘place-based’ plans) show how health and social care services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care – both now and in the future.

There are three STP “footprints” that cover the area of Surrey:

  • Surrey Heartlands
  • Frimley Health and Care
  • Sussex and East Surrey

In addition, people covered by the Surrey Heartlands STP area also use some of the hospitals covered by the South West London Collaborative Commissioning STP (including Epsom and St Helier, Kingston and St George’s).

We have a developed a guide to these plans, including information about what changes are planned for services in our local area and importantly, how you can get involved. Download a copy below.


 Healthwatch Surrey’s guide to new plans for NHS and care services in Surrey PDF (174 KB)