35. Surrey Heartlands

In October 2018, the chief executives of NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to all STP leaders instructing them to come up with new five year plans by autumn 2019. The new five-year plans will replace those which were drawn-up in 2016 based on the previous five-year funding settlement to 2020-21. The new five year STP will be developed based on a new NHS England budget.

The letter notes that “It will be extremely important that you develop your plans with the proper engagement of all parts of your local systems and that they provide robust and credible solutions for the challenges you will face in caring for your local populations over the next five years.”

NOTE: The information on this page relates to the original STP drawn up in 2016, however much of the information is still relevant and could be part of the new STP.

What concerns have been raised about your STP?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re-organise care. However getting the large deficit under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.

Proposed changes

There are few details of the changes that will take place within the STP document, although there will be changes to acute services.

Epsom Hospital could see its A&E department closed.

The sexual health clinic at St Peters Hospital closed at the end of September 2017.

Changes in who organises our care

In June 2017 Simon Stevens announced that Surrey Heartlands will have a health and social care devolution style deal, rather like Manchester.

There will be new models of care in the community that will focus on reducing visits to A&E and hospital admissions, including the development of an accountable care organisation in Guildford and Waverley CCG.  The general aim is to provide a fully-integrated service in the community with easy access to many disciplines for the frail and elderly in the area.