On April 6, 2016 the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 came into force. The Act puts individuals at the centre of their care, giving them a significant voice in, and control over, the care they receive from statutory services.
The inaugural meeting of the Powys RPB was held on 25 April 2016.
Significant changes are required in the way some services are delivered, and much of this work has already started. To co-ordinate this work, the council in partnership with Powys Teaching Health Board, Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO), third sector and private provider organisations, will work in equal partnership with the people of Powys to develop sustainable services through a co-production approach.
In order for the council to fulfil its requirements in relation to the Act, the council and its partners have formed a Powys Regional Partnership Board (RPB). The board is made up of key officers and members from the council, local health board, third sector organisations, private provider representation and members of the community who access services or who have a caring role, across all ages.
Some of the work of the board will include:
- Producing a population assessment to analyse the needs of local citizens who have care and support needs and carers who have support needs
- Ensuring sufficient resources are available for key priority areas identified through the population assessment
- Encourage greater early intervention and prevention giving greater citizen control and ownership for their health and wellbeing
- Ensure that the voice of the local citizen is not only heard, but acted upon in equal partnership
- Encourage innovative new practices
- Integration of services that relate to health and social care
The newly formed board held their first meeting, hosted by PAVO on 25 April, 2016 and it has operated every other month since that time.
A range of professionals, members and citizen representations attend the Board.
In line with the ethos of the new Act, the board is more encompassing and was delighted to have such active participation from representatives of those with care and support needs working alongside officers and members.
Priorities for Year 2 of the Board are:
· Workforce Development
· Health & Care Strategy, implementing Year 1 of the new Area Plan
· Prevention and early help
· Integration and pooled budgets
The statutory membership of Powys' RPB comprises:
· Powys County Council
· Powys Teaching Health Board
The Act also places a statutory requirement on the Powys RPB to invite the following organisations to participate:
· A representative of the Voluntary Sector: Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO)
· A National Third Sector Organisation (Currently) Action for Children
· Private Provider Organisation (Currently) Care Forum Wales
The Chair of the Board is Carol Shillabeer, Chief Executive of the Powys Teaching Health Board. Vice Chairs are Carl Cooper, Chief Executive of PAVO and Rhiannon Jones, Executive Director of Communities and Mental Health. Councillors Stephen Hayes and Rachael Powell, Cabinet Portfolio holders for Adult and Children within Social Services, are independent members of the Board from Powys County Council. Other members are a combination of officers from all three key partners.
The Board needs to have Citizen Representation from local communities across Powys, who access services and/or who have a caring role.
PAVO/Third Sector Representation: Carl Cooper/Freda Lacey
Julie Gillbanks, Action For Children
Meeting Schedule: Bi-monthly with additional development days
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