REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP BOARD'S ANNUAL REPORT 2021/22
To receive a report by the Corporate Director and the Head of Regional Collaboration (copy enclosed) which presents the Committee with the North Wales Regional Partnership Board’s Annual Report on its activities during 2021/22.
10.45am – 11.15am
Lead Member for Health and Social Care alongside the Head of Regional
Collaboration presented the Regional Partnership Board – Annual Report 2021/22
(previously circulated). The purpose of
the report was to provide information to partners with regard to the North
Wales Regional Partnership Board (NWRPB) and its activities during 2021/22.
March 2018 the Welsh Government issued Guidance for the completion of the
Regional Partnership Board Annual reports and Boards were expected to use this
guidance for the completion of their reports. The report presented to the
Committee contained all the information which was required to be included in
accordance with the Guidance. The NWRPB report was written in a format that
captured all information which required to be presented. The report also
included views of a number of the Board’s members.
Board had been established to meet the requirements of Part 9 of the Social
Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014. The Act required local authorities to
make arrangements to promote co-operation with their relevant partners and
others, in relation to adults with needs for care and support, carers and
children. It also placed a duty on relevant partners to co-operate with, and
provide information to, the local authorities for the purpose of their social
Head of Regional Collaboration highlighted specific areas of interest within
the report –
The Regional Partnership Board’s
role is to bring together health, social services, housing, the third sector
and other partners to work together to integrate health, social care and
well-being services across the region.
To support the work undertaken
there is a complex governance structure as you can see on page 6 of the Annual
report. The main board is the Regional
Partnership Board which meets monthly and is responsible for setting a clear direction
for partnership working and ensuring that this is achieved. The NWRPB formally
reports to the North Wales Leadership Board.
Welsh Government provide us with
revenue and capital funding to support this work.
The Integrated Care Fund (ICF)
was established in 2014 and enables health and social care services to work
together to support: older people with complex needs and long term conditions
including dementia people with learning disabilities children with complex
needs due to disability or illness carers, including young carers children at
risk of becoming looked after, in care or who are adopted.
And the transformation programme
which commenced in April 2018 to improve health and social care services across
Both programmes were there to
help deliver the Social Services and Wellbeing Act and the Welsh Government
Strategy, A Healthier Wales through the Regional Partnership Board.
The last 12 months has seen the
previous two programmes for Integration – Transformation Programme and the
Integrated Care Fund come to an end and a new fund developed – the Regional
- The Population Needs Assessment 2022 - the Board had
successfully completed a full review of the North Wales Population
Assessment in partnership with local authority and health board leads,
supported by the Research, Innovation and Improvement Coordination Hub and
Public Health Wales. The data and
analysis contained in this Assessment would be used to help shape regional
priorities and area service plans going forward.
- The establishment of a Children’s Sub-Group of the
NWRPB to provide strategic direction in respect of supporting families of
children with specific health and social care needs.
information contained in the Population Needs Assessment and Annual Report
would assist the Board to scope and develop its regional priorities and to plan
and improve services across the region.
the discussion members raised the following matters –
concerns regarding with the multitude of different boards across
North Wales and whether they causing resources to be spread too thinly.
Responding officers clarified that the various boards had their own remits and
dealt with matters accordingly. The
NWRPB had been established by the Welsh Government (WB) as a statutory Board
and therefore its remit was defined in legislation.
The NWRPB was
undertaking some really interesting and useful work with a view to delivering
better integrated health and social care services, nevertheless the general
public were not aware of the amount of work which was carried out by the
Board. This needed to be addressed and
The digitisation of the work was highlighted as
a challenge as many of the Board members represented different
authorities/bodies and the software systems of the various organisation were
not compatible with each other. This led
to delays and frustration for those delivering services on the ground. Problems had been
encountered by the Community Resources Teams (CRTs) and the Learning
Disabilities (LD) Services with regards to this.
Members raised the
issue with staffing in the care sector, and highlighted that staff were not
being paid enough and appreciated for their work. The NWRPB Workforce Board was actively
engaging with Social Care Wales to address issues relating to pay, recruitment
and retention, as well as attempting to influence WG and UK governments
decisions in relation to these matters.
to confirm that it
had read, understood and taken into account the work that was required to be
undertaken by the Regional Partnership Board; and
(ii) subject to the above observations on the work and progress during
2021/22 on the work areas being taken forward through the North Wales Regional
Partnership Board, to receive the Annual Report and endorse its contents.