The latest Surrey Heartlands Partnership Forum brought together key partners and community representatives from across the area to discuss the importance of childhood immunisation, our cancer plans and a deep dive into two key cancer screening programmes (for bowel and cervical cancer).

Around 80 delegates, who came together at Epsom Racecourse, heard a compelling presentation from Interim Director of Public Health for Surrey, Ruth Hutchinson, on the importance of childhood vaccinations; according to the World Health Organisation the two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world’s health are clean water and vaccines, she explained to the room.  Delegates heard some of the results from a recent survey on attitudes, perceptions and barriers before spending time debating how we could all raise the profile of childhood immunisation and help to spread the message on its importance.

After a welcome break for coffee, Giles Mahoney and Dr Chrissie Clayton took the room through a whistle-stop tour of our cancer workstream, before inviting people to discuss how we might tackle any barriers to cancer screening, particularly for bowel, cervical and breast screening.  The full presentation from the afternoon is available on our website here.  Full notes on the discussions will be published in due course.

Our next partnership event is taking place on Thursday 30th April (pm), with the venue still to be confirmed.  If you’d like to attend one of our events please email us at:  comms.surreyheartlands@nhs.uk