South Wales Programme: Matching the Best in the World
The five health boards in South Wales—Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Aneurin Bevan, Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf and Powys—have been talking to NHS staff, the public and stakeholders about a series of ideas put forward by our clinicians about the future of a range of specialist hospital services: consultant-led inpatient paediatrics, neonatal care, obstetrics and A&E care.
Background: In May 2102 we outlined the challenges facing the NHS and why we need to change the way we deliver care. After months of working with over 340 doctors and clinical staff; representatives from patient groups; the voluntary sector; local authorities and others taking part in our Changing for the Better programme, we now have some ideas of what those changes could be.
From 26th September 2012 to 19th December, 2012, we undertook a comprehensive engagement to help do this. Alongside Changing for the Better there is another project, the South Wales Programme. While these are different projects, some services have been considered by both. Therefore the ideas coming from the South Wales Programme will have implications for some of our local services.
Links to documents for both programmes are below.
Our Vision for Your Future Healthcare
We want a local NHS which offers the best quality care possible within the resources we have. Our ambition is to provide NHS services in Swansea, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot that are comparable with the best anywhere. We want modern, safe and reliable services which meet 21st Century healthcare demands - including caring for growing numbers of frail, older, people; more patients with chronic diseases and tackling unhealthy lifestyles.
Message from Hamish Laing, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and ABMU Director of Clinical Strategy
Health Boards across South Wales, included ABMU, have started a public dialogue about ideas to make NHS services safer, more reliable and better able to provide high quality care. No decisions have been made yet.
Why are we doing this now? Our NHS is facing huge challenges, and if we ignore them services could collapse. Instead, we want to think plans through and provide NHS services which are comparable to the best anywhere. That’s why 100s of our doctors and nurses have been looking at ways to do this.
You may know what happened at Neath Port Talbot Hospital recently, when acute medical admissions stopped. Behind this was a chronic shortage of doctors; a problem faced across the UK. We must find ways to stop what happened at Neath Port Talbot happening to other services; and for that we need to plan change.
Doctor shortages are not the only problem. The NHS is based on a 50-year-old blueprint not designed for today’s healthcare demands. We have a soaring number of frail and elderly patients who need a lot of care. There are ever more people with long-term illnesses. The NHS has financial pressures. Future demands on the NHS are stacking up with too many people overweight, smoking and drinking too much.
So we must make changes. We want to provide more community care and support healthier lifestyles. We need to make better use of our staff, especially doctors. Most NHS care would still be delivered locally, but sometimes, you might need to travel a bit further. The trade-off is you will see expert teams offering a safe and reliable service.
There is so much more to tell you - so please read our engagement document (link below) and watch the videos to find out more.
Full Changing for the Better document ('Plain English' document with all the key information)
Changing for the Better - Easy Read Document - (published on website 07/05/2013)
NEW: Short animated film explaining why change is needed (5 mins)
Subtitled version of the animated film
Welsh version of the animated film
British Sign Language version of the animated film
South Wales Programme documents:
SWP - links to supporting technical documents. Because of their large sizes, they are in divided into four files:
Part one 9Mb
Part two 9Mb
Part three 4Mb
Part four 9Mb
For audio versions of these documents, please see below.
All other videos are approximately 1-2 minutes long.
What's wrong with the NHS in Wales? 4 FAQs (including the doctor shortage and financial issues)
|Why change is needed in the NHS in South Wales||Short animated ABMU film about Changing for the Better|
Get involved - YouTellUs
You will find a link to the questionnaires above, and also have an opportunity to register with YouTellUs. If you register, we can let you know about the outcomes of the questionnaires directly, and also tell you about future surveys and events. We want you to get involved so please join YouTellUs!
Please visit: www.YouTellUs.org
Or you can write to us to give us your views:
Changing for the Better Team, ABM University Health Board, 1, Talbot Gateway, Baglan, Port Talbot, SA12 7BR
Or email: ABM.C4B@wales.nhs.uk
Or telephone: 01792 704019