As Dementia Awareness Week launched, a £50,000 fund was unveiled for communities in Surrey to make life better for thousands of people with the condition. The pot of cash will allow groups to put in bids for projects that help people with dementia remain active and independent in their local areas. It has been created … Continue reading
Today’s Queen’s Speech was a shot in the arm for Surrey County Council according to leader David Hodge, who says the government’s vision matches his own in many ways. He said: “Last week the Surrey public gave us a vote of confidence for the work we’re doing and that was echoed when the government’s plans … Continue reading
Ben Unsworth, Surrey County Council senior performance and research manager, has taken part in a debate organised by the Guardian about harnessing technology to improve social care services.
Nearly 430 people with disabilities were helped to find work in the past year through a Surrey County Council initiative. EmployAbility secured paid employment, voluntary work or a work experience role for 426 people in the last financial year. It also continued to help nearly 600 people in their jobs. The news follows an awards … Continue reading
Older people and carers will soon be able to get the lowdown on care, community and health matters on the go. Surrey County Council is launching a mobile version of its Surrey Information Point website. It will mean people can easily access local information, such as help at home, support for carers and social activities, … Continue reading
Technology pioneered by the US military during the Cold War is keeping vulnerable people in Surrey safe. GPS, now widely found in car sat navs and aircraft, is being used to stop people with dementia getting lost. A watch is being trialled with a built-in tracking system that allows the wearer’s location to be accurately … Continue reading
More than 1,200 vulnerable people in Surrey have been handed free smoke alarms in a drive to help keep them safe in their own homes. The fire detectors have been fitted in homes in under a year as part of a joint initiative between Surrey County Council and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. Those who … Continue reading
Obesity, smoking and drinking are among the issues Surrey County Council will tackle after taking control of public health. Responsibility for improving the health of Surrey’s communities and reducing inequalities officially transferred from the NHS on Monday (1 April). The county council is now responsible for 23 public health functions, which will see it tackle … Continue reading
Three groups have come together to take on the role of Surrey’s health and social care consumer champion. Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC), Citizens Advice Surrey and Help and Care have been appointed by Surrey County Council to act as a public voice. The watchdog group, which takes on the role on 1 April, will … Continue reading
Patients are set to be prescribed with a revolutionary new medical app that lets them check blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate on their smartphone. Surrey County Council and NHS Surrey have joined forces to develop plans for an app that allows vital health checks to be done at home without the need to … Continue reading
Surrey County Council is set to become one of the first local authorities to sign a pledge to tackle the taboo of mental health. Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling will sign the promise as part of a national programme to get people to talk about mental health. The Time to … Continue reading
Surrey County Council Cabinet Member Michael Gosling joined leading figures at an event looking at how to tackle an ageing population. The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health emphasised the need to take a more integrated approach to providing health and social care. Mr Gosling chaired the discussion organised by the South East … Continue reading
A website that opens the door to a host of useful and free information has been relaunched with new features that include a free text messaging service. Surrey Information Point, which can be found at http://www.surreyinformationpoint.org.uk, helps adults and carers in Surrey find advice and information in their local area. People can find listings for … Continue reading
A Surrey County Council Cabinet Member has spoken at a national event about making a success of a new board created to improve health and wellbeing. Michael Gosling set out the work done to establish Surrey’s health and wellbeing board in a speech to representatives of the pharmaceutical industry in London. Sharing the platform with … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Assistant Senior Manager in adult social care commissioning Norah Lewis took part in a debate organised by the Guardian about ensuring older people eat well. She emphasied how the council works with the boroughs and districts on providing meals on wheels services.