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Smoking costs nation nearly £14bn a year

Smoking costs the nation nearly £14 billion every year, according to research. The figure for England includes the cost of treating smokers on the NHS (£2.7bn), the loss in productivity from smoking breaks (£2.9bn) and increased absenteeism (£2.5bn). It also covers cleaning up cigarette butts (£342 million), fires in homes (£507m) and passive smoking (£713m). … Continue reading

Shaping services to give more independence

Voluntary, private and public sectors united to get involved in shaping services that help people live in their own homes and communities. Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council jointly staged the event to look at helping to give the elderly, disabled people, those with mental health problems and carers more choice and independence. … Continue reading

Plan for social workers to join GP surgeries

Social workers could join GP surgeries under plans being developed by Surrey County Council. The authority is exploring the idea of putting social workers who care for older people into practices. Surrey has already taken the first steps towards integrating the health and social care services in one area of the county. Social care staff … Continue reading

Cabinet member speaks about improving health at national event

Surrey County Council plans for improving health and wellbeing that were praised by a minister were outlined at a major national event. Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling set out Surrey’s approach to taking a bigger role in health at the Local Government Association’s annual conference. Changes being introduced next April … Continue reading

Guardian interview on improving health

Surrey County Council’s progress as it prepares to take responsibility for improving public health and wellbeing featured in a Guardian story today. Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling and Strategic Director for Adult Social Care Sarah Mitchell were interviewed about preparations ahead of next April’s transfer of public health from the NHS.

Public Health Minister praises Surrey

Minister Anne Milton has praised Surrey for its approach to setting up a new board that aims to improve health and wellbeing. The Public Health Minister congratulated Surrey for the progress made in establishing the forum in preparation for changes to the NHS next April. Under the reforms public health will transfer to councils and … Continue reading

Devices help people stay at home and save £600,000

A new drive has been launched that aims to help older and vulnerable people use devices to stay in the home they love while also managing to save Surrey County Council up to £600,000. It is expected to help 1,500 people get telecare equipment by next April so they can keep their independence longer and … Continue reading

Doors open at first centre in new dementia advice network

The first of a new network of advice and information centres for people with dementia in Surrey has opened its doors. It was launched at Manor Farm Centre in Egham for Older People* to mark Dementia Awareness Week and is the first of 11 wellbeing centres planned over the next four years to provide information … Continue reading

Surrey creates care version of Buy With Confidence scheme

Older and disabled people can now avoid the cowboys and find care firms they can trust to provide support at home thanks to a Surrey County Council scheme. The council’s adult social care service and trading standards team have launched a Support with Confidence initiative with the Surrey Independent Living Council. It is being run … Continue reading

Dad’s Army, Vera Lynn, Pears soap and Bisto help tackle dementia

Reruns of Dad’s Army, Vera Lynn songs, Pears soap and old-style Bisto posters could be the secret to tackling dementia. With National Dementia Awareness Week* starting yesterday (20 May), they feature among top tips on decorating family homes in a way that reassures loved ones by helping them connect with the past. Surrey County Council … Continue reading

Cabinet member speaks at parliamentary event on elderly care

Cabinet member Michael Gosling set out Surrey County Council’s work to help people stay longer in their own homes and communities at an event hosted by a parliamentary group. Mr Gosling participated in the Local Government All Party Parliamentary Group’s round table discussion about the future of elderly care alongside the council’s Strategic Director for … Continue reading

Hundreds join council to help shape care services

Hundreds of people took up Surrey County Council’s offer to get involved in shaping services that help them live in their own homes and communities. The elderly, disabled people, those with mental health problems and carers linked up with the council to look at how services can give them more choice and independence. They were … Continue reading

Number of people gaining independence through direct payments on rise

The number of people who have been given greater independence to organise their own care support has risen rapidly in Surrey. Surrey County Council’s drive to help people organise and pay for their own care through direct payments has led to a near 20% increase in a year. Last month, nearly 2,750 people were receiving … Continue reading

Public health staff move to council a year early

NHS staff have moved to Surrey County Council a year before the authority officially takes responsibility for public health. Sixty-five members of the public health team have transferred to council offices across the county. Surrey’s public health transfer is among the first wave taking place nationally as part of a reorganisation of the NHS. Under … Continue reading

Cabinet member speaks at Westminster event on improving health

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling spoke at a Westminster event about improving health and wellbeing. Mr Gosling spoke about the progress made in establishing Surrey’s health and wellbeing board at a Westminster Briefing session yesterday (18 April). Talking alongside National Director for Health and Wellbeing Board Implementation … Continue reading

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