Adult social care strategies and plans

Adult social care directorate strategy

The Adult Social Care and Public Health strategy sets out our vision and key priorities over the next few years. These focus around a personalised, more preventative, community-based care and support system, underpinned throughout by a collaborative approach.

The strategy describes how we will realise our vision and meet the demographic, policy reform and financial challenges ahead, how we need a radical strategic shift in the way we deliver services and a refocus of available resources.

Our vision

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.

Delivering this vision will mean residents:

  • Have access to information, advice and support in the community to help themselves and each other
  • Build upon their strengths, with the same hopes and aspirations as everyone to work and to live independently
  • Are supported to regain their skills and confidence after an illness or injury, so they can do things for themselves and stay independent
  • Feel safe and experience health, social care and community partners working together to meet their needs.

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 2021-2024 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 dementia strategy introduces our new vision for the Dementia Care pathway, which seeks to improve outcomes for people with dementia and their unpaid carers and families.

Market position statements

The Care Act 2014 sets out a future where Surrey County Council, alongside other local authorities, takes a central role in shaping and supporting the development of a high quality, diverse and affordable social care market.

Market Position Statements are documents that help with this process. They are 'market facing', bringing together material from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), health and social care intelligence and commissioning strategies, and present the data the care and support market needs to know if they are to plan their future role and function.

Several aspects of the local market for care and support are covered in the documents below, and other market position statements will be added as soon as they are produced.

Please note that these documents will also be updated as new information is gathered. It is therefore recommended that this webpage is revisited regularly, to check for the most current version and the latest intelligence.

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

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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