Agenda Item No. 8


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 27th February 2013


Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (C&V UHB)



Together for Health: South Wales Programme


Purpose of the Report

1.      To provide an update on the engagement process on the South Wales Programme.


2.      South Wales Programme


In early 2012, the five Local Health Boards (LHBs) in South Wales - Cardiff and Vale, Aneurin Bevan, Cwm Taf, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Powys - established a Programme Board to consider the process of jointly developing strategic plans for health services in South Wales i.e. the South Wales Programme, in response to Together for Health: A Five Year Vision for the NHS in Wales.


During May and June of 2012, over 300 clinicians and other interested parties (from all Health Boards), participated in a series of clinical conferences designed to engender debate about the future models of certain clinical services across the region. The Clinical Summits were designed to provide clinicians and other stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss in detail the core services at the heart of the South Wales Programme and begin to crystallise ideas on how best to plan and deliver them in the future. The two summits made progress on achieving clinical consensus in some important service areas:


·        Paediatrics and neonatal care;

·        Obstetrics;

·        Accident & Emergency; and

·        Trauma services.


3.      The five health boards in South Wales undertook a 12 week (26th September – 19th December 2012) programme of engagement with the public regarding the issues facing some specialist hospital services in the region. 

Hywel Dda and Betsi Cadwaladr LHBs carried out formal public consultations on their proposals for service change and the outcome of these are now in the public domain.


4.      On 28th January 2013 the five health boards published the responses to the engagement. The most up-to-date documentation and regular updates on consultation is available via the UHB website  A full report on the outcome of the engagement process, summary of themes that emerged from local engagement and next steps in the process has been provided to Cardiff & Vale UHB Board. A summary of the themes that emerged from across the five health board areas can be accessed here.



5.      The VSJLC notes the report on the outcome of the initial engagement and the ongoing work for the development of plans for formal public consultation in Spring 2013.

Contact Officer

Siân Harrop-Griffiths, Assistant Director of Planning

Cardiff & Vale UHB

Responsible Officer:

Paul Hollard, Director of Planning

Cardiff & Vale UHB