Heath and care organisations have signed to a devolution agreement to increase joined up working in Surrey.
The deal covers the care of 850,000 people in the Surrey Heartlands under Guildford & Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens said: “Surrey Heartlands is embarking on a ground-breaking plan to integrate healthcare which will mean better joined up services in place of what has often been a fragmented system that passes people from pillar to post.”
The deal include the introduction of new shadow working arrangements this year with a commitment by all partners to further explore areas for further devolution from April 2018.
The agreement covers accelerating the integration of health and social care through much closer working between partners; increasing public engagement and the involvement of the people of Surrey Heartlands around the transformation of health and social care; and increasing local decision-making and flexibilities to achieve the best possible outcomes for the local population.
The signatories to the deal were: NHS England and NHS Improvement, Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), North West Surrey CCG, Surrey Downs CCG and Surrey County Council.
Chief Executive at Surrey County Council, David McNulty, said: “This is a really significant step towards bringing together health and social care in our county and giving people better, more efficient services. I’m sure that it will give fresh impetus to our efforts to work as one team to make devolution a reality for the benefit of local residents.”