Adult social care strategies and plans

Adult social care strategy

Our vision

Within Adult Social Care our vision is to promote people's independence and wellbeing, through personalised care and support that focuses upon their strengths, the outcomes they want to achieve and enables choice and control.

Strategic priorities for 2022 to 2023

Adult Social Care has six strategic priorities for 2022 to 2023 which will take us another step on our journey towards our vision of a modern service committed to promoting people's independence and wellbeing. The priorities are to:

  1. Plan for, and implement the wide-ranging changes needed to deliver the government's reform of adult social care and other policy proposals.
  2. Collaborate with health and other partners to ensure people who use our services and their carers experience joined up working and good quality service which meets their needs.
  3. Determine the future of our in-house and block provision and increase the availability and range of accommodation with care and support.
  4. Use technology to help reshape our front door, provide joined up and personalised care which helps people to be as independent as possible.
  5. Support the Surrey mental health improvement programme and continue working with system partners to improve flow and outcomes for people.
  6. Ensure budget management and control to hold expenditure within agreed budget resources and deliver £19.4m efficiency savings as part of the council's medium-term financial strategy.

Commissioning strategies

Commissioning is the process by which local authorities look at local needs and decide how to spend their money to get the best possible outcome for individuals and communities.

Our Adult Social Care policies, commissioning strategies and market position statements set out the desired outcomes and the approaches to achieving these.

How do we do it?

Residents, carers and partners are at the heart of our commissioning cycle. They are involved at all stages and we make sure that people's views and experiences are heard, taken into account and strongly influence how we get the best possible services: we call this co-design.

  • Our Accommodation with Care and Support Strategy sets out the overarching approach for all accommodation based services commissioned by Surrey County Council for residents of Surrey, for 2030 and beyond.
  • Unpaid carers, who hold families together, carry out a vitally important role. The Surrey Carers Strategy 2021 to 2024 sets out values and priorities for the next three years, reaffirming the commitment and determination to help carers continue caring if they are willing and able, and to support their health and wellbeing by achieving outcomes they have identified that matter most to them.
  • Our new Joint Health and Social Care Dementia Strategy 2022 to 2027 introduces our new vision for the Dementia Care pathway, which seeks to improve outcomes for people with dementia and their unpaid carers and families.
  • The draft of our new strategy for people with Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment shows our commitment to improving outcomes, services, and support for disabled adults. It was co-produced with the support of Surrey Coalition for Disabled People during June 2021 to April 2022. Please contact psd.strategy@surreycc.gov.uk with any comments on the strategy by 9 October.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an assessment of the current and future health and social care needs of the local community. The JSNA informs the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) which is a strategy for meeting the needs identified in the JSNA. These are needs that could be met by the local authority, Clinical Commissioning Groups or NHS England.

This refreshed JSNA follows a 'life course approach' which recognises that the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age can lead to health inequalities. Chapters are more concise and include a more visual way to look at the data which allows users to explore it in detail by selecting geographies or indicators of interest.

The JSNA is a continuous process and is updated as additional information becomes available, as gaps are identified and in response to feedback received. We would welcome your feedback and suggestions on the priorities emerging from the JSNA. Please send your feedback and suggestions to jsnafeedback@surreycc.gov.uk

To access the JSNA, please visit Surrey's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) on Surrey-i.

Surrey information and advice strategy

Our Surrey information and advice strategy provides the right information and advice about care and support at the right time and in the right place is a key part of our approach in Surrey.

Our strategy sets out how Surrey County Council, the NHS and other providers of information and advice in Surrey will work together over the next five years supporting residents to be aware of, and understand how to, access information and advice about care and support to help them make informed choices and take control of their lives.


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