What we do

As partners we share a commitment to ensuring health and social care services work well together for the benefit of those that need them and their carers. The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 places new requirements on all organizations that commission and provide care. The West Wales Care Partnership is working together to respond to those requirements, improving services and joining them up as far as possible so they deliver the best outcomes for our citizens.

Our Priorities

The Regional Partnership Board has identified a number of strategic priorities that it wants to take forward over the coming year to 18 months. Pace setter agencies have been identified within the partnership to lead on each area for the region.
Integrated commissioning
Information, Advice and Assistance-v2Working effectively together as partner organisations to develop a joined up approach to assessing need for care and support in the region, commissioning those services and working with service providers to ensure services are of the highest quality and available to all who need them. Pace setter – Pembrokeshire County Council
Pooled funds
Looking for opportunities to put the money available to local authority partners and the NHS into single budgets to help provide seamless services and make best use of funding available. Pace setter – Carmarthenshire County Council
Prevention and Information, Advice and Assistance
Integrated AssessmentMaking sure that the best range and quality of preventative services are available across the region to help people maintain their wellbeing within their own communities without needing long periods of care and support. This will include making sure everyone has access to accurate information on support available within their community and the right kind of help in accessing that support where needed. Rolling out the Making sure that people have high quality, timely and accurate advice about how they can achieve the things that are important to them, and support that is available, lies at the heart both of the Act and our vision as a Partnership. We are working together to make sure that residents across our region have first class Information, Advice and Assistance services available to them and know how to access them. Development of Dewis Cymru portal and the Infoengine service directory will be an important part of this. Pace setter – Pembrokeshire County Council
Transforming learning disability and mental health services
Continuing a move away from intensive, institutionalized care and ensuring a range of community-based support is available to help people with a learning disability or mental health problem to remain independent and participate fully in society Pace setter: Hywel Dda University Health Board
Implementing the Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS)
Rolling out a single electronic system across social services and community services within the NHS, which will simplify interaction with the public and improve the sharing of information across agencies. Pace setter – Ceredigion County Council
Understanding what people need
Population AssessmentWe will publish our first Population Assessment in March 2017. This will contain a detailed analysis of need for care and support across our communities, based on a range of data and informed by what people tell us. We will look to build on the things that work well and highlight areas where new services need to be developed. Existing analysis, including the regional Market Position Statement for Older People, Appendix A MWW Market Position Statement - Needs Analysis , Appendix B MWW Market Position Statement - Market Analysis will be used to build a clear understanding of our current position. From April 2017 we will develop a detailed plan for implementing those changes, drawing where appropriate on existing commissioning and delivery plans. We will focus particularly on preventative models that help people to help themselves, and look to support the development of social enterprise, cooperatives and user-led services as far as possible this ensuring that people and communities have a genuine stake in shaping support in their areas.
Engaging Citizens Safeguarding is about protecting children and adults from abuse or neglect and educating those around them to recognise the signs and dangers. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act introduces a strengthened, robust and effective partnership approach to safeguarding.

One of the most important principles of safeguarding is that it is everyone’s responsibility. Each professional and organisation must do everything they can, to ensure that children and adults at risk are protected from abuse. Regional safeguarding boards for adults and children in the West Wales and Powys areas (Cwmpas and Cysur) have been established to support the development of shared standards and to facilitate learning across organisations. More information is available on their website at http://cysur.wales/home/about-us/
Joining services up
Integrating ServicesThe provision of health and social care services is very complex, with a myriad of agencies responsible for organizing care and support for our citizens. The Act calls on Regional Partnership Boards to look for ways of integrating services so that they are more effective for people who need them, and are delivered in a more efficient way. Our regional Statement of Intents for the integration of services for older people and people with a learning disability set out our broad aims for this area. Established initiatives such as Adoption Mid and West Wales and Shared Lives provide a strong foundation for future collaborative working.

The Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund will provide nearly £8 million to partners in the West Wales region to reduce the numbers of older people, people with learning disabilities and children with complex of needs requiring institutional care and help them live independently in or near their home. We have an innovative programme of change in place to help us achieve this.

An expert workforce
An expert workforce-V1We are working in partnership to ensure that we use our workforce as efficiently as possible and that staff responsible for planning and delivering services have the right skills for the job. This will mean focusing funding, for example the Welsh Government’s Social Care Workforce Development Programme (SCWDP), in the right areas and ensuring it supports the changes we need to bring about. Through the Care Council’s Social Care in Partnership initiative we are working with care providers across the statutory, third and independent sectors to build a first class workforce ready to meet new challenges and provide the best service for our citizens.
Talking with citizens
We are committed to talking with citizens on a regular basis to get their views on the kinds of care and support they want and need and to discuss our plans for changing the way services are delivered. The Regional Partnership Board is currently considering ways of achieving this and further information will be available shortly.