The Better Care Fund is a national programme to join up health and social care services, so it’s easier for people to get the right care and support.

In Surrey this involves ring-fencing £71 million of existing funds (in 2015/16) to provide joined up community-based services seven days a week, to keep people safe, well and independent in their own homes.

The “Surrey Health and Wellbeing Strategy” outlines our shared ambition to ensure older people:

  • Stay healthier and independent for longer
  • Have a good experience of care and support
  • Be cared for if they have dementia
  • Are admitted to hospital only when needed; and are
  • Supported to live a fulfilling life outside caring, if they are caring for another.

By putting people at the centre of their care and providing better local services, we hope to reduce distressing visits to the hospital. If a patient does have to go to hospital, we’ll support them to return home sooner with the right care in place.

There will be improved information sharing across Surrey’s health and social care services so patients can receive a seamless service, regardless of the organisation they are dealing with.

Each CCG is developing projects to achieve these improvements in their respective areas.