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Joint committee will meet in public to approve new five year plan for health and care service

Representatives from the 11 organisations which make up Surrey Heartlands – a collaborative partnership of local health and care organisations* – will meet in public next week (20 October) to approve the next stage of a five year plan to improve local health and care services.

Julia Ross, Chief Executive of North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group and Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands said:

“We all know that health and care services are under pressure – with increasing demand, rising costs, difficulties in recruitment and financial challenge – and whilst every day staff offer fantastic care, we know that the way many services are delivered is out of date and not reflective of the latest changes in clinical practice and advancing technology.”

At the end of last year, the Government asked local health and care organisations to work together across larger areas to plan services over the next five years to deliver the NHS vision (the Five Year Forward View).  These plans, known as Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), are expected to be ambitious, improving services for local residents to offer the very best care and treatments, and at the same time making sure they are sustainable.

Julia adds:

“Working together presents us with a real opportunity to make lasting change for our local population, improving care, reducing unwarranted variation in services and considering a person’s full health and social care needs including prevention and mental health. For example, we want to see much more coordinated care in the community, with hospitals focusing on the specialist care only they can provide, creating centres of expertise so local people have access to the very best care.

Importantly we want to plan collaboratively with local residents so they have the opportunity to shape and influence these plans and take more responsibility for their healthcare.  At this point, we are still in the early stages of our thinking, and no firm plans have been agreed.  We therefore think it’s important to approve our outline plan in public to demonstrate our commitment to this collaborative approach.”

The plan, once approved, will be submitted to NHS England for further discussion.  The meeting on 20th October will be held at the H.G. Wells Centre in Church Street East, Woking, from 2.00 – 5.00 pm.  Those interested in attending should register online at www.surreyheartlands.uk or call 01372 232463.