Posted on 21st February 2019

Residents, voluntary and community groups, businesses and representatives from across the public sector in Sutton met up to discuss the future of The Sutton Plan on 7 February. The event started with a review of what has been achieved over the past year or so through our partnership work in Sutton.


Click here to see the full 7 February presentation


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Mary Morrissey, interim Chief Executive for Sutton Council, talked about the Domestic Abuse Transformation Board, Anna Cassin explained how the Sutton Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network was established and Alison Navarro outlined the findings of the Fairness Commission.

Following this we looked at some of the challenges facing the borough and where we might want to focus our attention next. Speakers looked at three questions identified through engagement and evidence from the past 18 months:

  • How do we ensure children in Sutton get the best start in life?
  • How can we help Sutton’s young people to be happy and healthy?
  • How can Sutton be a place where all adults can live healthy lives?

Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health outlined some of the issues regarding school readiness in Sutton and challenged the partnership to come together to do better. Jonathan Williams, Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding, proposed some principle for partners to work through together.

Finally, Michelle Blagrove from Age UK Sutton outlined some of the effects of loneliness and talked about some of the intergenerational work that Age UK have planned to bring older and younger people together to learn how to cook. All of these speakers inspired some really positive and creative conversations in the following group work and some clear themes outlined below began to emerge for future work:

  • Intergenerational connectivity: a need to be more ambitious about what this could look like
  • Co-production: how do we embed this across Sutton and share learning across partnerships? This is about listening to the voices of those we are supporting & truly understanding our residents
  • The role and power of communities: how do we build the conditions for stronger communities?
  • Early Intervention at all points of a person’s life: children, young adults, and adults – what would an effective model of support look like that enables everyone to thrive?
  • Look beyond traditional services: let’s make the most of the borough’s rich assets (from residents to parks


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A few people mentioned that there is a need to review the partnership list and to consider methods to sharing this and so we will be looking at how to take this forward in due course.



The big ideas… from our last big event

Posted on 14th January 2019

More than 120 people took part in Sutton’s latest health and care plan event. 

People from a variety of sectors joined public attendees to discuss the need for social connections and activities that bring people together. There was a focus on involving families in thinking about the wider determinants of wellbeing. 

The six priority areas discussed were:

  • how do we improve youth mental health?
  • how can we better support parents with children with learning disabilities?
  • how can we better support adults with learning disabilities?
  • how can we encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices?
  • how can we combat loneliness and social isolation, particularly those post-retirement and very old?
  • how can we better support older people when they leave hospital?

The day celebrated what was good in the borough, while brainstorm practical responses to health and care challenges. There were some great ideas from the brainstorming. 

They included:

  • early identification mental health services for infants and children
  • walking groups
  • a nutritional road show
  • intergenerational buddying and mentoring 
  • sessions where people of all ages grow and cook food
  • plus lots more including rewarding carers, free community bikes and a new “Sutton” app for vulnerable people

Below is a visual representation of the event, created by a graphic designer.

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The CCG and its partners will now think about how they can support some of the ideas generated.

Video: Sutton Perinatal Infant Mental Health Network

Posted on 13th November 2018

The perinatal and infant mental health network (PIMHN) was established in spring 2017 as a means to improve and support women and families in the borough that suffer from perinatal mental health. The network was developed when professionals realised that there was a gap in provision of this service. The network is made up of professionals across the borough including commissioners, clinicians and practitioners. This short film aims to promote the work of the PIMHN.