Local and national health and care organisations have signed an agreement to improve health and social care in Surrey Heartlands.
The agreement sets out a roadmap towards devolution, outlining how partners will work together to improve the health outcomes of the 850,000 people living in Surrey Heartlands; which covers the area looked after by Guildford & Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Groups. It also means more local accountability for the spending of health and social care budgets.
New shadow working arrangements will be put in place this year, with a commitment by all partners to further explore the areas where devolution could make an important difference from April 2018.
The agreement signals the beginning of a longer journey with an intention to:
- Accelerate the integration of health and social care through much closer working between partners
- Increase public engagement and the involvement of the people of Surrey Heartlands around the transformation of health and social care
- Increase local decision-making and flexibilities to achieve the best possible outcomes for the local population
The agreement has been signed by the national bodies NHS England and NHS Improvement, alongside Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), North West Surrey CCG, Surrey Downs CCG and Surrey County Council.