Ashford and St. Peter’s is part of a new partnership - Surrey Heartlands - which is bringing together clinicians and other health and care staff, alongside patients, their carers and families and members of the public, to think through how we can transform services so residents have access to the very best care and treatments, working together in a new and exciting way.
Surrey Heartlands covers the central and western parts of Surrey; those areas currently looked after by Surrey Downs, North West Surrey and Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Groups (see map to the right). It includes all three CCGs, Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, Epsom Hospital, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Surrey and Borders Mental Health Trust, Virgin Care, Central Surrey Health, South East Coast Ambulance Trust and Surrey County Council.
In December 2015, the Government asked local health and care organisations to work together across larger areas to plan services over the next five years and deliver the NHS vision (known as the Five Year Forward View). These Sustainability and Transformation Plans are expected to be ambitious, improving services for local residents to offer the very best care and treatments, and importantly making sure they are sustainable over time. The NHS is subject to considerable challenge - both financial but also in terms of recruitment, increasing demand and rising costs and we know the system has to change.
What has happened so far?
The organisations within Surrey Heartlands have been working together to develop their plan, focussing on six key clinical areas, which represent high patient volumes and those where we know there is more work to do:
- Urgent and emergency care
- Mental health
- Women and children’s services
- Cardiovascular services
- Musculoskeletal services
We are still in the early stages of our thinking with no firm plans agreed. This autumn the organisations involved will start wider engagement with local residents, building on previous work we have been doing to make sure local people have an opportunity to shape the overall plan.
This includes four key themes:
- Creation of a Surrey Heartlands clinical academy where clinicians can work together and agree common standards - so all local residents have access to the same, high quality standards of care.
- To promote self-care and encourage and support residents to take more responsibility for their own health.
- To improve the way we provide services – with more care in the community, and single centres for some of the most specialist hospital services (creating expertise and improving outcomes)
- Working as one – moving towards one overall plan and budget for the Surrey Heartlands area.
More information can be found at www.surreyheartlands.uk.