Over 100 people from all parts of the local health and care system attended a Surrey Heartlands Academy event and heard presentations which focused on how organisations in Surrey Heartlands are already manging population health and what we are doing over the next year to improve the way we do it.

Presenters from outside Heartlands also gave examples of how different population health management approaches are changing the way systems are improving health, reducing variation and managing demand for public services elsewhere in England and beyond. Feedback from the event suggested it was helpful in to building a shared understanding of population health management in Surrey Heartlands and in inspiring further local work.

As a follow up to this, NHS England national and local leads on population health management are visiting Surrey Heartlands to assess our capability in this area. These sessions will help refine the new NHS England population health management maturity matrix and influence how the area is defined nationally when the matrix is rolled out across other Integrated Care Systems later in the year.

The sessions will also help NHS England and the Academy better understand the work currently underway and any support needs, informing future planning and the development of local infrastructure to feed into Integrated Care Partnership systems.

A healthier overall population will maximize patient satisfaction and minimize resource consumption. Getting there requires complete, accurate patient data and meaningfully using that data to engage individuals at all times, exchange information between providers and ultimately drive better outcomes. This shift in perspective will shape the future of health care – one driven by accountability, transparency and value.