NHS Surrey Heath Clinical Commission Group (CCG) and Surrey County Council publicly signed one of the UK’s first legal agreement to bring Health and Adult Social Care services together in Surrey Heath.

The agreement, called Section 75, sets down in writing how teams from Health and Adult Social Care systems will work together to provide patients and residents of Surrey Heath the best possible care.

It allows for what are typically separate NHS and Local Authority functions to come together. Working under one umbrella, to deliver and manage a range of services will improve efficiencies, quality and standards.

In practice this means patients will receive:

  • Care from one team, making it a more comfortable and effective experience
  • More seamless care provided with less hand offs between services
  • More efficient and greater continuity of care
  • Access to a better skilled team as there will be a greater ability to blend skills and introduce new roles

Chief Officer Dr Andy Brooks said: “We have been working to bring Health and Adult Social Care together for the past two years in partnership with our local population.”

“This was an historic day when we were able to sign the agreement in public. This is a step on a journey to fully integrate both services to deliver a greater service to our residents.”

He added: “It’s a really exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with Surrey County Council and our residents to provide a stronger, more rounded service.”

“We recognise that there are financial strains on both Health and Adult Social Care Services and so we firmly believe that this is the best way of making the most out of our resources whilst improving care.”

This partnership was formalised at a public meeting held in Camberley Theatre on 31 January.

The meeting also included discussions about how people measure quality of life particularly for those who meet ‘frailty’ criteria.

The CCG also invited local support groups and organisations to hold a market place type exhibition at the meeting.