NORTH WALES REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP BOARD ANNUAL REPORT 2022 TO 2023
To consider the Annual Report of the North Wales Regional Partnership Board on its activities during 2022/23 (copy enclosed) and provide observations on its contents and the Board’s work.
10.45am – 11.30am
The Lead Member for Health and Social Care
introduced the North Wales Regional Partnership Board (NWRPB) Annual Report.
Regional Partnership Boards were established
as part of the Social Services and Well-being Act.
Regional Partnership Boards had two core
To improve the well-being of the population.
To improve how Health and Care Services were delivered within the region.
the North Wales Regional Partnership Board were required to produce a report
and submit it to Welsh Government.
report (previously circulated) for the year 2022- 2023, gave a comprehensive overview of the achievements
and communication and engagements efforts as well as providing an insight into
the future priorities of the NWRPB.
Due to the breath of the report the Lead
Member asked if the discussion could be opened to Members with the approval of
Questions were welcomed from Members.
Members referred to the Regional Integration
Fund (RIF) which was outlined in the report. Projects which directly supported
carers were important however, the report stated
that this funding was granted until 2027. Members questioned whether the
funding would be continuing after this date.
The Corporate Director- Social Services and Education stated that prior
to the introduction of the RIF there was the Integrated Care Fund (ICF), which
was allocated on a year by year basis. Currently there was a 5-year commitment
to the funding however, the decision as to whether this continued after 2027
was with Welsh Government.
Members questioned the number of Boards that were operating within the NWRPB and their functions.
Concerns were raised around how large the NWRPB was becoming. The Corporate Director stated that the NWRPB was
a very busy environment and managing meetings and colleagues time was
organised as efficiently as possible. Many of the Boards and meetings were
required by the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act and more
responsibility had been put on the Regional Partnership Board over recent
years. Officers were always mindful that Denbighshire and Denbighshire residents were receiving the maximum
value from their involvement within the NWRPB. There was a statutory element to
the Partnership Board and the Boards within it.
The Corporate Director informed Members that
the report was a regional report and the requirements as to how it was
constructed were defined by Welsh Government. Therefore, the report did not go
into the level of detail for Denbighshire that Members may have required to
see. If there were areas of the report that Members felt that they would like
more detail on they were advised to inform officers and potentially this detail
could be provided at a future meeting.
Members referred to the Housing with Care
Fund (HCF). The purpose of the HCF was to support independent living in the
Community for people with care and support needs, and to provide intermediate
care settings in the community so that people who needed care, support and rehabilitation could return to living
independently or maintain their existing independence. This was a 4-year
funding programme which funded schemes under 3 objectives.
Members questioned objective 1- Increase the
existing stock of housing with care significantly asking if there was an update
on this within Denbighshire.
The Corporate Director explained that there
was little progression on objective 1 at this time however, this was under
constant review. There were currently Projects under objectives 2 and 3 of the
report (previously circulated). Denbighshire were utilising their allocation
and were moving forward with the HCF.
Members questioned if there was an evaluation
of the success of the Boards and the outcomes of the work that was taking
place. The Corporate Director stated
that evaluation of the Boards was thorough. Many reports were statutory required to be submitted to Welsh Government including the
Population Needs Assessment and the Market Stability Report. These reports were
evaluated when they were submitted to Welsh Government. The NWRPB was subject
to Audit Wales reviews and
formal, informal and good practice evaluation was undertaken.
Members referred to the Annual Delivery Plan
in appendix 2 of the report (previously circulated). Specific concerns were
raised around the cancellation of the Health Care Support Team Workforce
Project, within the District
Nursing Team, although it was making a clear difference in the number of
patients in hospital waiting for care packages.
The Corporate Director stated that difficult decisions needed to be made
within the financial climate at that time.
As this team was funded via RIF funding, which was a tapered fund where
funding reduced year on year, a decision had to be taken on which priorities
could be funded going forward.
Unfortunately, given the current financial climate further similar
difficult decisions would need to be taken in future.
commented that North Wales had the largest Health Board in the country and the
NWRPB played a crucial role within North Wales. Members commented that many
residents were unaware of the NWRPB and what its purpose was and questioned if
there was a way to engage local communities and give them knowledge of this.
The NWRPB was still in need of being publicised to ensure that local people
understood where money was spent and that it controlled many aspects of the
care system within North Wales. The Head
of Regional Collaboration explained that engaging with the public on the NWRPB was difficult. The NWRPB was good
at communicating and sharing information with the people involved in the NWRPB
and further work was ongoing to reach a wider audience.
Work was continuing to gather the stories of
service users on the success of the projects that had helped them. It was hoped that once the stories were
finalised a booklet would be circulated on a regular basis to residents, local
members and to Welsh Government
to help further with the knowledge and understanding of the NWRPB in the
the Head of Regional Collaboration informed the Committee that there was an
event planned for November 2023 to help residents understand the schemes and
projects that were being delivered on a daily basis across the region.
questioned that in the report there was no reference to the concerns of the
officers at the end of the funding time frame.
The Corporate Director confirmed that the report did not contain that
information as the contents of the report was dictated by Welsh Government. It
was suggested that the report should be read alongside the Corporate Director’s
Annual Report as this outlined the hopes and aspirations but also the concerns
for the coming year.
Chair thanked the Corporate Director, Lead Member, Head of Regional
Collaboration and Officers for bringing the report to the committee.
At the conclusion of an in-depth discussion the Committee:
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
subject to the above comments and
observations, to receive the details provided on the work and progress achieved
during 2022/23 on the areas that were being taken forward under the auspices of
the North Wales Regional Partnership Board.
- RPB Annual Report 140923, item 6. PDF 129 KB
- RPB Annual Report 140923 - App 1 English, item 6. PDF 4 MB