Agenda Item No. 10(h)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 1 MARCH 2017
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 20 FEBRUARY 2017
C3478 THE CARDIFF AND THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN POPULATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT (HSCH) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – HEALTHY LIVING AND SOCIAL CARE) -
Approval was sought to submit the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Population Needs Assessment to full Council for approval.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 required local authorities and the Local Health Board within each region to jointly prepare and publish before April 2017 an assessment of the care and support needs of their population, including carers who needed support. A report of the assessment for the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff region was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.
The local authorities and the Local Health Board were required formally to approve the population assessment report. This needed to be done by the Board of the Local Health Board and, in the case of the local authority, by the full Council on submission by the Executive so that the information contained within the report was considered at the most senior levels within these organisations.
The purpose of the population needs assessment was to ensure that local authorities and Local Health Boards jointly produced a clear and specific evidence base in relation to care and support needs and carers’ needs to underpin the delivery of their statutory functions and inform planning and operational decisions. This would ensure services were planned and developed in an efficient and effective way by public sector partners, in order to promote the well-being of people with care and support needs.
The report included information on the methods used to undertake the assessment, as well as information on care and support needs, assets, and prevention needs under each topic area. Specific findings for each topic were given in the relevant chapter and summarised in the Executive Summary.
A number of overarching care and support needs emerged which were identified in more than one topic area. These were presented in section B13 of the report and included:
- The need to reduce persistent health inequalities in our populations.
- Easy access to information about support and services available.
- Timely access to mental health services, including diagnosis and counselling.
- Timely access to other services and information.
- The impact of social isolation.
- Building healthy relationships, including emotional, mental and sexual health.
- Practical life skills, including financial skills (for all ages).
- Support for young and adult carers, including respite.
- Enabling smoother transitions from child to adult services.
- Maintaining and increasing provision and sustainability of community services and support.
- Healthy lifestyles including tobacco use, alcohol, diet and physical activity.
- Transport to aid with access to services.
- Healthy environment and accessible built environment.
This was a matter for Executive and Council decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(2) T H A T the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Population Needs Assessment be submitted to full Council for approval.
Reasons for decisions
(2) To secure approval by the full Council as required by the statutory framework for producing the assessment.