Support for children with learning disabilities in east Surrey

First Community Health and Care has taken over the contract to provide dietetic services for children with learning disabilities in east Surrey. The company’s children’s dietitians will be supporting children and young people under 19…

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Change to New Inn Surgery in Guildford

Over the past 3 years both NHS England, NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG, under their delegated commissioning function and Guildford Borough Council have been working with New Inn Surgery in Guildford regarding the long term…

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CQC campaign: Declare Your Care

Declare Your Care is Care Quality Commission’s year long campaign focusing on four key population groups which they know have lower awareness of CQC. Key findings for people from black and ethnic minority communities Their…

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Finding your way – a directory of services for people bereaved by suicide in Surrey and North East Hampshire

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has published ‘Finding your way’, a directory of local services for people who have been bereaved by suicide in Surrey and North East Hampshire. The booklet was co-produced…

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Freephone NHS helpline set to improve access to mental health crisis support

Mental Health Helpline now available 24 hours a day and free of call charges People living in Surrey and North East Hampshire can now access specialist mental health advice and support round the clock –…

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Citizen Ambassador Blog – Are carers putting their own care on hold?

Teresa Lane, Citizen Ambassador – Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programme I was reading recently that 12% of the UK’s population provided some form of unpaid care last year and that unpaid carers save British taxpayers £139…

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Citizen Ambassadors – the first 12 months

It is now 12 months since Healthwatch Surrey recruited seven Citizen Ambassadors (CAs) with the express purpose of playing “a full and active part” in the “transformation programme in health and social care”.  In practice…

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Digital information flow vital for better delivery of health and social care

My name is Lawrence Nichols and I am the Citizen Ambassador working with the Surrey Heartlands Digital programme.  My previous working life has been spent in IT providing financial services, and so when I started…

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NHS Long term Plan

The NHS has written a Long Term Plan so it can be fit for the future and is based on the experiences of patients and staff. Published on 7 January 2019, the NHS Long Term…

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Award-winning mental health drama ‘Antelope’ released online

The award-winning ‘Antelope’ was based on writer/director Ben Grace’s experiences of mental health and stigmas surrounding a mental health diagnosis after being sectioned at Antelope House, a PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) in Southampton. Ben…

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