Health, Social Care & Wellbeing…

Health and Wellbeing is a major factor for citizen and community life. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Shape the services delivered at NPT HospitalRegional NetworkABMU Health BoardABMU Stakeholder Reference GroupWestern Bay Health & Social Care ProgrammeRepresentationABM CHCInfoengine

Would you like to get involved in shaping the environment and services delivered at Neath Port Talbot Hospital?

Further to our event focused on Neath Port Talbot Hospital earlier this year, there are a number of opportunities available to shape the environment and services delivered at Neath Port Talbot Hospital. These are outlined below:

  • Neath Port Talbot Hospital Patient & Carer Experience Group

A Patient and Carer Experience Group has been established at Neath Port Talbot Hospital. The Group receives feedback from the Patient Experience Team based at the hospital, and uses the feedback to shape future plans. It’s predominant focus is around improving the hospital environment. If you’d like to know more about the group, or would like to get involved, please get in touch.

  • Become a Bevan Advocate

There are opportunities to become Bevan Advocates and shape work around health services and health care. Further information on Bevan Advocates can be found here.

  • Share your views

Staff from Neath Port Talbot Hospital would welcome the opportunity to come and speak to community groups to hear your views on Neath Port Talbot Hospital and how it can be developed further to meet the needs of the local community. Please get in touch if you’d like someone to visit your group. Alternatively, if you wish to forward any views, these can be forwarded to

If you’d like any further information on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact either Helen Evans, Neath Port Talbot CVS, or Chris Moss, ABMU Health Board,

Regional Third Sector Health, Social Care & Wellbeing Network (Regional Network)

The Regional Network aims to:

‘Establish and increase dialogue between the Third Sector in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.’

‘To improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for people living in the ABMU area; reducing health inequalities, promoting social wellbeing within communities, preventing ill-health, aiding recovery and independence’.

Its role and purpose is to:

  • Work in close partnership with the Health Board and the Stakeholder Reference Group to encourage and reflect the diversity of the locality and where appropriate support positive action and representation of patients, carers and service users.
  • Provide an environment and support for the exchange of information, and ideas between Third Sector organisations in the ABMU are.
  • Provide opportunities for partners working in the health and social care field to access third sector feedback on issues and new projects and initiatives.
  • Promote opportunities for patient and citizen engagement, participation and involvement.
  • Provide updates and feedback for the Health Board Non-Officer Member, Third Sector in order for them to reflect the views of the sector at Board meetings.

Health, Social care and Wellbeing Facilitators across the ABMU Region facilitate the Regional Network on a quarterly basis. Future meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 2pm

If you would like to know more about the Regional Network and be added to the mailing list, please contact Helen Evans on 01639 631246 or

ABMU Health Board…

ABMU Health Board – Third Sector Strategic Framework and Funding for the Third Sector

ABMU Health Board currently funds Third Sector organisations through its Changing for the Better Grant Scheme and Service Level Agreements. Further information on the grant scheme can be found here.

The Health Board has developed its Third Sector Strategic Framework which sets out how it will develop its relationship with the Third Sector. A draft version of the Strategic Framework can be found here.

The HSCWB Facilitator will be the main link to update and consult with the Sector around this process via the Regional Network.

ABMU Stakeholder Reference Group…

The Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) acts as an advisory group to the Health Board, providing advice on any aspect of Health Board business.  This may include:

  • Early engagement and involvement in the determination of the Health Board’s overall strategic direction.
  • Advice on specific service proposals prior to formal consultation.
  • Feedback on the impact of the Health Board’s operations on the communities it serves.

Through the Regional Third Sector HSCWB Network, 13 representatives are put forward to represent the following equality dimensions: children and young people, older people, race/ethnicity, physical disability and sensory impairment, mental health, substance misuse, faith/belief, gender, sexual orientation, transgender, carer, Welsh language and learning disability.

For the latest equality dimension opportunities, please click here.

Western Bay Health & Social Care Programme

The Western Bay Health and Social Care Programme’s vision is to provide high quality services that protect children and adults from harm, promote independence and deliver positive outcomes for people in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.

To achieve this, the ABMU Health Board and the Local Authorities of Bridgend County Borough CouncilNeath Port Talbot County Borough Council and the City & County of Swansea are working together through the Western Bay Health and Social Care Collaborative, with third and independent sector partners. The primary purpose of the Collaborative is to provide a strategic mechanism for co-ordinating a programme of change in a suite of projects and work streams that partners have identified as a common priority.

For the Western Bay Programme Annual Report for 2016-2017, please click here.

The latest edition of the Western Newsletter is available in English here or in Welsh here.


Are you interested in being a representative on strategic forums, in partnership with Health and Social Care?

The Facilitator works as a link between partners to ensure co-production, which aims to involve the Third Sector in strategic forums to ensure the end user of a service, and those whom it affects, are appropriately engaged and have a say on how services are delivered.


Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Community Health Council (ABM CHC)

ABM CHC is the public’s independent ‘watchdog’ of the National Health Service in ABMU. They represent the public interest and play an important role in influencing the way that health services are planned, delivered and improved.

The Neath Port Talbot Local Committee has three Third Sector places, nominated by Neath Port Talbot CVS. To apply to be a voluntary organisation member of ABM CHC, you need to be part of a Third Sector organisation in the Neath Port Talbot County Borough area (you may be a volunteer, on the board, a member of staff or a carer). For further information please contact Neath Port Talbot CVS.

Read the ABM CHC Newsletters here.


Infoengine is the third sector online directory for Neath Port Talbot. Its aim is to highlight the brilliant and varied services that are available to you in your community and to give you all of the relevant information about each service so that you can make an informed choice. To access the directory and to add information about your organisation, visit