Public sector partners across Surrey are encouraging local residents to have their say on a draft 10-year Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Surrey.

The collaborative document outlines ways the NHS, Surrey County Council and other organisations will focus on prevention and address known root causes of poor health and wellbeing, such as low quality housing, air pollution, better management of long-term conditions and improved access to mental health services.

The Strategy describes the evidence-based approach partners will take from 2020-2030 in order to focus on Surrey’s greatest health challenges and, where appropriate, target the different population groups that need additional help to achieve their target outcomes.

There are three interconnected priorities: leading healthy lives; having good emotional wellbeing; and fulfilling potential.

Leader of Surrey County Council and Chair of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Tim Oliver, said: “This draft strategy is the product of unprecedented collaboration between the county council, NHS and a wide range of other partners, including voluntary, community and faith groups, and it promises better outcomes for residents. We’ve had a good response from local people so far, but want to make absolutely sure we have got it right so would encourage Surrey residents to give us their views by 27 March."

Dr Claire Fuller, GP and lead for the Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, says: “We want the people of Surrey to live longer, healthier lives and believe that people should be supported to look after themselves and those they care for, with straightforward access to services when they need them. This is an ambitious strategy and sets out how we will work in partnership across Surrey – both with our public sector partners and local communities - to tackle some of the root causes of poor health and improve health outcomes for local people.

“The strategy is the result of several years of citizen engagement and we actively encourage local residents to comment on the plans and, importantly, to work with us on the next phase of delivery.”

Easy read versions of the strategy summary and the survey itself are available from the Surrey County Council ‘Surrey Says’ web portal.