Surrey 500

Developing new networks of multi-professional leaders at place and programmes at scale

The ‘Surrey 500’ is a locally run bespoke system leadership development programme aimed at current and emerging multi-professional leaders at all levels across the Surrey Heartlands health and care system, including partners within the wider community. The programme supports individuals to recognise and develop effective system leadership skills and the resilience and capabilities to embed and sustain news way of working.  It also encourages leaders to form strong networks, through which they drive both cultural and behavioural changes across the system and local place-based partnerships.

Once individuals have completed the programme, they automatically become part of the Surrey 500 Alumni; a network of peer and specialist collaborative support, through which they can continue to develop, stay connected and be supported to manage change. This can take many forms, including linking individuals to further programmes and resources, such as the Surrey QI Collaborative, or supporting Communities of Practice.

Originally developed in 2019, the aim of the Surrey 500 was to provide leadership development opportunities for 500 people in ‘place-based’ cohorts. The programme has now exceeded expectations, delivering at place and scales, with a sixth cohort planned for September 2021. During 2020 cohort 5 was tailored for full virtual delivery, to enable the Surrey Heartlands to continue to support and develop leaders throughout the Covid 19 pandemic.Programme of learning

The aim of the Surrey 500 is to help participants overcome barriers and foster a culture of collaboration by:

  • Creating a sense of belonging to Surrey Heartlands and individual place-based systems and the value they bring
  • Supporting thinking around breaking down the hierarchy and organisational boundaries – ‘thinking as a system as well as an individual’
  • Identifying new ways of working and collaborating with health, social care and third sector organisations
  • Supporting the pace and scale of transformation
  • Building resilience which is needed to implement change under pressure
  • Implementing learning and continuous improvement methods that will help to deliver change
  • Providing consideration as to how own, team and system plans, and day-to-day work have Surrey Heartlands ambitions at the core.

The shift towards a system approach requires leaders to work in a different way and Surrey 500 is developed and assessed against four overarching behaviour themes, which we call ‘the golden thread’; being; leading and visioning; relating and communicating; and delivering.

Future cohorts

Cohort 6 launches in September 2021 and will include managers and those in a role/area pivotal to change from across East Surrey and Surrey Downs place-based systems – running as two separate groups.

If you would like further information about the Surrey 500, including how to apply please email