In December 2015, the Government asked local health and care organisations to work together across larger areas to plan and improve services for the next five years to deliver the NHS vision (known as the Five Year Forward View). These partnerships were called Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs). These plans were expected to be ambitious, improving services for local residents to offer the very best care and treatments, and at the same time making sure they are sustainable over time.

Our partnership is called the Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership.
You can learn more about these partnerships in the video below.

Frequently asked questions about Surrey Heartlands STP

The challenge

The NHS is under enormous pressure – with increasing demand, the costs of more sophisticated treatments, workforce pressures and a challenging financial environment – which we see almost daily in the media.  And whilst every day our skilled and dedicated staff offer fantastic care for patients, it’s clear the current system isn’t working as well as it should and doesn’t reflect how services need to be delivered.  This presents us with a real opportunity to transform health and social care, working alongside clinicians and local residents to develop services in a new and different way. 

In setting our priorities, Surrey Heartlands partners came together initially for three planning workshops in April and May 2016. Local health and care staff were also joined by a number of public representatives, Surrey Healthwatch and members of the voluntary sector.  

Discussions focused on six clinical areas, which went on to become our key clinical workstreams:

Cancer care

improving survival rates, early detection and long-term quality of life



 better detection and management of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation


Mental health

prioritising early access to help and promoting resilience


Musculoskeletal services

empowering patients to manage their own health better


Out of Hospital, Primary Care, Urgent and Emergency Care workstream

boundaries between care settings will begin to “blur”


Women’s and children’s services

sustainable, high quality physical and mental health care for women and children


These discussions built on what local people had already told us about how these services were provided and went on to inform our draft plan, submitted in June 2016, and our wider plan submitted to NHS England in October 2016.