NHS Surrey Heartlands has full commissioning responsibilities for primary care (GP) services.  This is a responsibility previously held by NHS England which was delegated to the previous NHS Surrey Heartlands CCG via a Primary Care Commissioning Committee (see more about this committee below).

The intention is that newly formed Integrated Care Boards should also be responsible for the commissioning and arranging of all primary medical services, so to include dentistry (primary, community and secondary services), community pharmacy and general ophthalmology in the future, with NHS England retaining a more limited oversight role.

As part of the changes introduced on 1st July, NHS Surrey Heartlands now has delegated responsibility for dentistry, community pharmacy and general ophthalmology and is the host organisation for the pharmacy, optometry and dentistry committees in common arrangements in the South East region – see more via the links below.