This was submitted to NHS England on 21st October and builds on earlier discussions and a draft plan which was submitted at the end of June. This latest version was approved in public by a joint Committees in Common with representatives from all 11 of our partner organisations.
Importantly this document marks a point in a journey and is not a final plan. To take this to the next stage will require widespread engagement with staff, patients and the public both on our wider vision and our detailed workstream plans. It builds on much of the positive work we have been doing across Surrey Heartlands – in particular to create new and more innovative services, for example creating more joined up care outside hospital, our early stage development of a Single Care Record, and the partnership work we have been doing particularly as a result of the Better Care Fund.
The challenges we face as a local system are well documented - increasing demand, the costs of more sophisticated treatments, workforce pressures and a challenging financial environment. And whilst every day our skilled and dedicated staff offer fantastic care for patients, it’s clear the current system isn’t working as well as it should and doesn’t reflect how services need to be delivered. This presents us with a real opportunity to transform health and social care, working alongside clinicians and local residents to develop services in a new and different way.
Our plan is ambitious on behalf of local residents and if achieved will deliver a number of key benefits:
- Improving the quality of services with better outcomes – lower mortality rates, reducing the impact of long-term disease on people’s lives and improving patient experience of health and care services;
- Enhanced well-being – local people experiencing better physical and mental health;
- Improved access to healthcare – shorter waiting times and services closer to home.
In particular this will mean:
An additional £30 million invested in primary care services over the next five years, giving people more access to GP appointments between 8am and 8pm across seven days, and longer appointment times where necessary so doctors can spend more time treating patients.
By 2021, new teams made up of family doctors, nurses, social care practitioners, psychologists and other specialists will mean more patients being seen in one place, with their needs met by health and care professionals working together.
More focus on disease prevention;
- Investing an additional £8 million in cancer services to support earlier diagnosis and increasing cancer survival rates;
- Investing an additional £3 million in mental health services making it easier for patients to access services.