Our vision

We want everyone to have a good quality of life, access to decent jobs and services:

One – a better quality of life and opportunity for all residents

Newly built council housing in Carshalton

  • Equal access to services for all residents across the borough. 
  • Reducing inequality between the wealthiest and the most disadvantaged parts of the borough.
  • Piloting joint early intervention schemes that tackle social problems and injustice.
  • Promoting excellent education and training for all of the borough’s young people.
  • Giving people the power to take part in decisions that affect their lives and those of their families. 
  • Working to ensure that everyone in Sutton can live safely in their homes and neighbourhoods.
  • Providing all residents with access to parks, green spaces and other leisure facilities. 

Two – places underpinned by inclusive and sustainable growth

  • Expanding and diversifying economic opportunities across the borough.
  • Championing inclusive growth and prioritising socially and environmentally sustainable housing and labour markets.
  • Developing a modern transport system that supports and enables this growth – allowing residents to travel within and beyond the borough with ease.
  • Working together to help build – and maintain – the homes that Sutton’s residents need and want.

Three – a coherent system of health and care that is shaped around the needs of Sutton’s residents

  • Collaborating on a better system of health and social care that provides responsive, seamless, personalised and affordable services for all who need them – reducing the need for expensive in-hospital care.
  • Further promoting single point of access services that are easy to navigate and offer the right care at the right time.
  • Building upon existing initiatives to increase individual and community resilience, including:

Sutton is the only London council to fund Admiral nurses – specialist dementia nurses who can help patients live in their own homes for longer, retaining comfort and independence in their lives. In its first 12 months the service, operated as a partnership between Dementia UK, the Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the council, saved over £290,000 in health and care costs and improved the lives of many residents living with dementia. The service employs four nurses, supporting over 200 residents.

Social prescribing is a non-medical approach to dealing with health issues. It enables primary care services to refer people with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services, such as financial and pastoral support. Sutton CCG and the council are exploring how social prescribing might be provided locally as part of a partnership between GPs and a range of public, voluntary and community organisations.

Help Yourself to Health is a six week programme for migrant and black and minority ethnic communities / patients that aims to support learning about NHS Services and how to access them appropriately. The course raises awareness of key health prevention messages and and helps participants to take control of their general health and well-being. Further education and self-help initiatives have been rolled out, including courses for ‘Living with Diabetes’ and ‘Living with COPD’ – with more to follow.

Sutton Homes of Care Vanguard is one of only six ‘enhanced health in care home projects’ vanguards in England devoted to devising and delivering new models of residential care and improved, integrated health and rehabilitation services. The programme is being run by Sutton CCG in partnership with the council, Age UK Sutton, the Alzheimer’s Society and the borough’s 27 GP practices.

Better Contacts is a partnership between the council and the London Fire Brigade, aimed at providing preventative support to vulnerable residents across the borough, primarily by flagging up need and referring people to relevant public service providers. To begin with, the project is concentrating on reporting potential issues regarding fire prevention, safeguarding, alcohol and drug misuse, housing and employment needs.