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 are:
- Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 9am
- Wednesday 19th July 2017 at 2pm
- Wednesday 18th October 2017 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 HelenE@nptcvs.org.uk.
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 Commissioning for Quality…
ABMU Health Board Commissioning for Quality
ABMU Health Board has set up a number of Commissioning Boards with the aim of improving the quality of experience, care and outcomes for patients within the resources they have available to them. They will work closely with staff, partners and patients to achieve this.
Commissioning Boards have been established in the following areas:
- children & young people
- long term conditions
- planned care
- unscheduled care
- mental health and learning disabilities
Each of the Commissioning Boards has a place for a Third Sector representative. For the latest third sector representative opportunities, please click here.
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 Council, Neath 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.
Western Bay’s Population Assessment
What’s it all about?
In 2014, the Welsh Government published the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, which came into force in April 2016 and is transforming the way health and social care services are delivered in Wales. It places a strong emphasis on person-centred care and the importance of collaborative working, as well as requiring service providers to consider new and innovative ways to make services more sustainable for the future.
Section 14A of the Act places a duty on Local Authorities and Local Health Boards to gather information on the care and support needs of the population. This is known as a Population Assessment and is intended to help service providers to understand more about the lives of people in the area and enable them to make better, more informed decisions about how care and support services are delivered.
In Western Bay, Bridgend County Borough Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the City and County of Swansea and the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board have joined forces with partner organisations in the Third Sector to undertake this exercise, which considers:
- the range and level of services required to meet the care and support needs of people living within the region
- where there are gaps in service provision, and how these can be addressed, and
- what changes are required to improve services in the future. The assessment also takes into account the support needs of carers, as well as considering the range and level of preventative services available across the region.
How do I view the information gathered as part of the Population Assessment?
The content of the Population Assessment is presented in three different ways.
- A website providing the key headlines of care and support needs, services and issues for the Western Bay area. To view the website, please click here: http://www.westernbaypopulationassessment.org/en/home/.
- A suite of downloadablechapters in PDF form, providing a more detailed description of findings. These can be found at the end of every chapter area on the website.
- A suite ofTechnical Reports/Topic Papers containing a detailed analysis of the evidence gathered (available on request via the ‘Contact’ section of the Population Assessment website).
What happens next?
The next step will be to develop an Area Plan for Western Bay, which will draw on the information gathered during the Population Assessment to identify key areas of change which will be addressed in a joined up way over the coming years.
The Population Assessments will be repeated every four years and will be refreshed during that time, allowing Western Bay partners the opportunity to incorporate new information and to ensure progress is monitored effectively. This is the first time that a Population Assessment has been produced and there will be gaps in the information and changes to make in future.
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 as below.
Collaborative working between the Third Sector and GP Practices
Following on from the success of the Healthy Partnerships Project which aimed to increase the awareness of the role of the Third Sector in supporting self-care and independence, work is currently taking place between GP Practices and Third Sector organisations in Neath Port Talbot. If your organisation would like to be involved either through hosting an information stand in a GP Practice or perhaps giving a short presentation in a staff training session, please contact Helen Evans, contact details below.
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 http://infoengine.wales