The second group of 200 delegates – split equally between Guildford & Waverley and Surrey Downs Integrated Care Partnerships – joined the Surrey 500 system leadership development programme this month.

Surrey 500 is aimed at 500 leaders across our health and care system, including community partners. The programme is made up of five groups each of 100 and focuses on systems leadership rather than the traditional theories of management and leadership.

Participants will be working together on how to become catalysts for change and action, and the programme is based on a successful model designed in conjunction with the Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership, Lancashire and NHS North West Leadership Academy which achieved demonstrable system change within five months.

Karen Archer-Burton, Surrey Heartlands’ Organisational Development Network Lead, was one of the team behind the programme launch.  She said: “The aim of Surrey 500 is to help our front line workforce and those already in leadership roles overcome barriers and foster a culture of collaboration across our system.”

Roger Davidson, NHS England Director of System Partnerships, attended the event. He said: “Today I met busy health and social care leaders in Woking enjoying coming out of their busy roles to talk about collaborating for the people they serve. Every system should have a programme like this, which in Surrey is being done at place and at system scale.”