Consultation on Surrey Health & Wellbeing Strategy

In News, Consultation by Nina Porter

Please visit https://www.surreysays.co.uk/adult-social-care-and-public-health/hwbstrategy/ to give your views on the draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and help improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Surrey.

The Strategy has been produced by the NHS, Surrey County Council, district and borough councils and other partners. It will focus on preventing poor health and wellbeing in Surrey over the next 10 years. The draft plan aims to help people in Surrey live longer and healthier lives, have access to services when they need them, and be supported to look after themselves or those they care for.

 Why is the strategy needed?

Working together is important due to the county’s health and wellbeing challenges. Surrey’s population is older than the national average and this is expected to increase. By 2030, over 22% of Surrey’s residents will be aged 65 and over, and more than 30% are already living with a long term condition.

And while Surrey is widely perceived as ‘healthy and wealthy’, it is estimated that 10,600 children and young people aged 5 to 15 have problems with mental health, and over 23,000 children are living in poverty.

The draft strategy comes at a time when public services in Surrey and across the country are under growing pressure with continued funding constraints, rising expectations and increasing demand. The strategy focuses on a set of priorities for the county where we can bring together change as a partnership.

This consultation closes on Wednesday 27th March 2019.