The previous Surrey Carers Commissioning & Development strategy is due for renewal and the Surrey Heartlands Carers team, along with colleagues at Surrey County Council, are now in the process of coordinating the launch for a new multi-agency engagement project and developing the new Carers Strategy for Surrey.

Some of the broad aims and targets remain, but there have been some significant changes including:

  • The NHS Long Term Plan, with its increased focus on prevention, personalisation and support for those who juggle work with caring.
  • With the Care Act and Children and Families Act having been in place for four years, we can now see their actual impact rather than what was anticipated.
  • Our Surrey Health and Wellbeing Strategy and an ever increasing focus on integration of health and social care.
  • Surrey County Council’s new ways of working for social care
  • New data and research, particularly the GP Patient Survey Data 2019 that has added to our knowledge.

A thorough review of the strategy now needs to take place by carers, young carers and practitioners who work and support carers. To capture this, the Carers team have developed the two surveys below to obtain feedback. To take part just click on the appropriate link:

The plan is to agree and publish a new Multi-agency Surrey Carers Strategy this summer. For more information about how you can get involved please contact Debbie Hustings NHS Partnership Manager for Carers or Ron Critcher Surrey County Council Carers Policy and Development Officer.