Our journey

Established in 2017, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership became one of the first 14 Integrated Care Systems in England and continues to be seen as a leading system. This was largely due to the strength of our collective vision and our willingness – across health and social care – to work together to serve our local population.

Our journey so far

As a partnership we undertook a significant collective shift in thinking about the importance of tackling the wider determinants of health – those factors that influence the root causes of poor health, such as pollution, education, poverty and housing; how we reduce the gap in health outcomes for many of our communities; and how we work across traditional boundaries (for example across health and social care) and with residents and communities in taking control of factors that influence their health and wellbeing.

Already known as a ‘mature’ system, the Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership has ambitious plans to become a fully ‘thriving’ system, ensuring local residents have the best opportunities to start well, live well and age well.

To support our journey we have developed a detailed system development plan that details the steps we have taken to become a statutory Integrated Care System (from 1st July 2022) and how we will continue our journey to transform how we provide health and care for local people, working I partnership with residents, our communities, staff and wider partners.