Surrey Heartlands CCG has a GP membership of 94 GP practices and commissions healthcare for around a million people in Surrey. We work closely with all our local health and care partners, including the community and voluntary sector, and are part of the Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership.
Our aim, working with our health and care partners, is to improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens across Surrey Heartlands, reducing health inequalities and making sure services remain sustainable for the long-term.
With our budget of £1.5 billion, we work with partners to plan and buy health and care services for our local population including:
- Most planned hospital care
- Rehabilitation care
- Urgent and emergency care
- Community services, such as community nursing and therapy services
- Maternity services
- Children’s and young people’s services
- Mental health and learning disability services
- Continuing healthcare for people with ongoing health needs, such as nursing care
- Prison healthcare
- End of life care
We are also responsible for commissioning general practice services through a delegated arrangement with NHS England/Improvement.
As a key partner in the Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership we work closely with our local partners – hospital trusts, community and mental health services, ambulance services, general practice and the community, voluntary and faith sector – to help achieve the best possible outcomes for local citizens.
We are also a member of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board which is the overarching partnership board for Surrey.
Importantly, we work with partners to actively involve patients and the public (including Healthwatch Surrey and local community, voluntary and faith organisations) to make sure local services are designed around the needs of patients and residents.
CCGs are accountable to the Secretary of State for Health, through NHS England/Improvement which has responsibility for other health services such as dental services and some specialist hospital services. Through the Surrey Heartlands Devolution agreement we have more freedoms than other health systems to make decisions locally.