More than 100 people attended the Surrey Heartlands Primary Care Conference that took place at Epsom Racecourse at the beginning of October where keynote speakers included former deputy CEO of NHS England Matthew Swindells.

Mr Swindells spoke to the conference about ‘Disruptive Technology in Primary Care’. A disruptive technology is one that displaces an established technology and shakes up a sector or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry.

His focus for Surrey Heartlands was on the developing digital integrated care record and other digital developments affecting primary care including the NHS ‘digital first’ policy and the move toward giving patients more say in the way their care is provided.

Dr Charlotte Canniff, Clinical Chair of NHS North West Surrey CCG and Primary Care Transformation Lead for the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System, together with Nikki Mallinder, Associate Director of Primary Care Commissioning spoke about the direction of travel for primary care both nationally and within Surrey Heartlands.

Across Surrey Heartlands we now have:

  • Over 100 GP Practices within 4 Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)
  • 24 Primary Care Networks (PCNs) which will be key delivery vehicles for out of hospital care and the provision of more personalised, digitally enabled, population focused care.
  • And are starting to develop models of networked services like the Parent-Infant Mental Health Service (PIMHS) and Paediatric Primary Care Network

Later, Ned Naylor, Director of Primary Care Provider Transformation at NHS England and NHS Improvement, focussed on the progress of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) which are only 95 days into their development.

He summarised the potential of PCNs as exciting but warned PCNs are not happening in isolation but that they form the foundation of a big move to build better integrated care for local people, supported by data and backed by significant investment.