The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (SSWBA) was introduced on 1st April 2016 and provides a new legislative framework for care and support in Wales. It is aimed at improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support, and for transforming the way in which services are commissioned and delivered. A number of core principles underpin the Act:
Part 9 of the Act requires local authorities and Local Health Boards (LHBs) to establish Regional Partnership Boards (RPBs) to manage and develop services to secure strategic planning and partnership working and to ensure effective services, care and support are in place to best meet the needs of their respective population. The Act also requires us to publish a Population Assessment for the area. The RPB in the Hywel Dda area is known as the West Wales Care Partnership.
The Population Assessment provides a high level strategic analysis of the care and support needs and support needs of carers across West Wales. It assesses the extent to which those needs are currently being met and identifies where further improvement and development is needed to ensure that individuals get the services they need and are supported in living fulfilled lives.
The West Wales Care Partnership has also developed an Area Plan 2018-23 ‘Delivering Change Together’ which sets out how the Health Board will work in partnership to respond to the challenges highlighted in the Population Assessment. It includes a series of strategic commitments which the Partnership will take forward over the next five years to support the transformation and integration of care and support in the Region.
The West Wales Care Partnership has developed three programs of work which respond to the Welsh Governments publication ‘A Healthier Wales’. The local program is called ‘A Healthier West Wales’ and seeks to implement actions in three key areas:
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