Surrey Heartlands Population Health Summit 2023

The event gives us an opportunity to promote a local understanding of population health and bring the underlying ideas to life with case studies and breakout groups, linked to the delivery of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

We are excited to be welcoming over 100 colleagues from across our partnership to the first Surrey Heartlands Population Health Summit on Tuesday 21st March 2023 in Epsom.

We will discuss how the concept of population health management can help address the challenges facing some of our priority populations and think about how our ICS partnership needs to evolve.

Please note, this is a ticket-only event and details of how to book have been shared via internal channels.


Please arrive from 9am when tea and coffee will be available.  Parking is available at the venue and details will be shared directly with those attending nearer the time.

  • 0900-1000 Arrival and registration
  • 1000-1015 Opening address
    • Professor Claire Fuller, Chief Exec Surrey Heartlands
  • 1015-1130 Population Health – local overview and case studies
    • Ruth Hutchinson, Director of Public Health
    • East Surrey place team
    • Stephen Mortimer-Cleevely, Independent Living Strategic Lead, Spelthorne Borough Council
    • Sue Tresman, Surrey Independent Carers Lead and Co-Chair of the Surrey Carers Partnership Board
    • Jamie Gault, CEO, Action for Carers
    • Merron Simpson, CEO, The Health Creation Alliance
  • 1130-1200 Break
  • 1200-1300 Breakout groups
  • 1300-1345 Lunch
  • 1345-1530 The evolution of our approach to population health
    • James Palmer, ICS Programme Lead
    • Kate Cheema, Director of Evaluation & Insight, UCL Partners
    • Karen Bradley, Principal Consultant, the Strategy Unit
    • Andi Orlowski, Director, The Health Economics Unit
  • 1530-1600 Plenary
    • Speakers from morning and afternoon sessions

Breakout Groups

We will split into six breakout groups to consider what population health means for some of our priority population groups in Surrey.  Further details of breakout groups and any background reading material will be published next week.

  • First 1,000 days
  • Children with Additional Needs and Disabilities
  • Adults with a Learning Disability and/or Autism
  • Adults with a Severe Mental Illness
  • Older adults
  • People experiencing multiple disadvantages

External speakers

As well as amazing colleagues from Surrey Heartlands, we are delighted to be joined by some external speakers who will help us to understand the challenges and opportunities that are being addressed across the country.

Merron Simpson, Chief Executive, The Health Creation Alliance

Merron Simpson, Chief Executive, The Health Creation Alliance

The Health Creation Alliance is the leading national cross-sector movement addressing inequalities through Health Creation. A national and local policy and practice advisor on ‘people, places, health and housing’ Merron has extensive experience of cross-sector working.

A former Head of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing, Merron has worked with housing associations, local authorities, National Housing Federation, Kings Fund, NHS England, NHS Property Services, Royal College of General Practitioners, Health Foundation and Local Government Association.  Merron’s passion is to bring congruence between policies, services and the reality of people’s and communities’ lives. She blends her influencing and thought leadership capabilities, cross-sector knowledge and deep interest in people to shift power and drive tangible change.

Kate Cheema, Director of Evaluation and Insight, UCL Partners

Kate Cheema, Director of Evaluation and Insight, UCL Partners

Kate’s background is in quantitative analysis in the health and the charity sector working across a range of analytical leadership roles in the NHS and for the British Heart Foundation; she is currently Director of Evaluation and Insights at UCL Partners.

She enjoys helping people make sense of the evidence when it comes to evaluation and developing effective and meaningful measurement and modelling approaches to complex problems.

Andi Orlowski, Director, The Health Economics Unit

Andi Orlowski, Director, The Health Economics Unit

Andi is a health economist, providing health and care organisations across the country with expertise in economics, population health, analytics and evaluations. He is researching population health analytics, health inequalities and impactibility modelling for his PhD at Imperial College London where he also lectures on population health management and measuring system performance.

He was selected as a 2022 HSJ Wildcard, and he is a Senior Advisor for NHS England on Population Health Management, President of the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts, and a Council Member at the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Karen Bradley, Principal Consultant, the Strategy Unit

Karen Bradley, Principal Consultant, the Strategy Unit

Karen is the Strategy Unit’s most experienced facilitator and sets a high bar for all our sessions. Her practice is informed by systems thinking; she is a Liberating Structures practitioner and takes a very experiential and hands-on approach.

She believes in integration, and her work spans strategy and practice, organisational and professional boundaries, Board intentions and frontline teams. Karen is passionate about reducing health inequalities, leading the Strategy Unit’s work on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Sponsored by an unrestricted education grant by Graphnet.