February has been a great month for our Maternity Advice Line.  Nearly a year after it first launched, the project has won two innovation awards this month, not to mention being featured on Channel 5 news earlier this week!  It’s also attracted the interest of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, who is quoted in the national press release. 

This month we have been continuing our work with partners across Surrey to finalise the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy, see more below, which sets our direction for the next 10 years.  Please take the time to follow the links in the article and let us know what you think.  As part of this we have also been agreeing our response to the new Long-term Plan and how we will continue to join up services to create a better health and care system for local people. 

Hot on the heels of the Long-term Plan, this month also saw the publication of the new GP contract; this includes a more detailed framework for the development of primary care networks which will help to provide more joined up care at a local level.  A key part of this story is the development of our new Primary Care Mental Health Services and you can read more about that below.

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands