On 22nd May, Western Bay were proud to fly the flag for regional collaboration across health and social care as the Programme picked up two prestigious prizes at the All Wales Continuous Improvement Community’s (AWCIC) Annual Awards 2018, sponsored by Academi Wales.
The awards are a celebration of success and recognise the good work being undertaken by public service practitioners across Wales. The ceremony was held at Margam Orangery, Port Talbot and Western Bay representatives were in attendance to accept awards for the categories of ‘Best Local Government Initiative’, as well as ‘Achieving a Common Purpose’ for the work of Western Bay’s Commissioning for Complex Needs Programme.
What is the Western Bay Commissioning for Complex Needs Programme?
The Commissioning for Complex Needs Programme aims to commission high quality health and social care services that are proportionate to need and ensure the best value for money. It supports people to identify and achieve their own personal well-being goals, embodying the essence of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act’s principles around person-centred service provision and offering “greater voice and control” to individuals.
The Programme’s main purpose is to address any irregularities in the quality of commissioned care across the region. The ethos is one of true collaboration that puts the person at the centre of service planning and delivery. Care providers work closely with representatives from health and social services to create bespoke, outcome-focussed packages of care.
Savings made since the Programme started in 2014 total £3.9m, and work is ongoing to develop new and more imaginative ways to support individuals.
Swansea Council’s Chief Officer for Social Services and Western Bay Commissioning for Complex Needs Programme Sponsor, Dave Howes commended the achievements of everyone involved, saying:
“Western Bay has an ambitious agenda of care and health integration, and it’s great to see the positive outcomes of regional collaboration being recognised and celebrated on a national scale. We have built a positive and productive cross sector and cross boundary partnership, while always ensuring people remain at the heart of service provision.
“The Commissioning for Complex Needs Programme is a tangible demonstration of the Social Services and Well-being Act in action, and I’m excited to see more examples of creative and person-centred joint-working as the initiative continues to grow and evolve”.
(From left): Western Bay representatives Tania Turner, Kelly Gillings, Jackie Davies, Kirsty Roderick and Melanie Blake