Looking ahead

The partners’ overarching priorities for the coming year are:

  • Improving the quality of services with better outcomes, reducing mortality rates, reducing the impact of long-term disease on people’s lives and improving patient experience
  • Enhancing wellbeing so that local people experience better physical and mental health
  • Improving access to healthcare by reducing waiting times and providing more services closer to home.
  • Integrating care, in particular creating local integrated care partnerships in the three localities
  • Focusing on population health to better support planning
  • Launching the initial phase of the Surrey Health Record at the end of July 2018 (focusing on sharing GP health summaries with local A&E departments)
  • Putting much greater focus on the first 1,000 days of life as being key to reducing future health inequalities
  • Rolling out extended GP access.

A number of clinical pathways were chosen to form the initial focus of work, to improve patient experience and long-term quality of life in the areas of cancer care, cardiology, mental health, musculoskeletal services, out of hospital services and primary care, prevention, urgent and emergency care, and women’s and children’s services.