ARCH partners submit Portfolio Delivery Plan to Welsh Government

ARCH submits Portfolio Delivery Plan to Welsh Government

ARCH was formed because we believe a joined up, regional approach is the only way we will be able to deliver meaningful change to improve the health, wealth, and wellbeing of South West Wales.

ARCH is a unique proposition, built on an ethos of collaboration - working together to find a regional solution to tackle enduring societal and economic challenges. It is helping our region tackle 21st Century health challenges, while in a way that stays true to the founding principles of the NHS.

Over the past 18 months, we have put our words into action, developed robust partnership arrangements, compelling plans, and got on with delivering those projects within our control, including ensuring ARCH is one strand of the recently signed £1.3billion City Deal bid for the Swansea Bay City Region.

We have now submitted our Portfolio Delivery Plan (PDP) to Welsh Government for their consideration. The PDP is essentially a roadmap to delivering the ARCH vision.

Over the next three years, we commit to delivering the plans set out within the PDP document.

We face significant service challenges. Too many people are treated in hospitals when their needs could be better met elsewhere; care is not joined up between teams and is not always of a consistent quality.

We spend too much money dealing with the symptoms rather than causes of ill health and our health service faces unprecedented financial challenges, requiring us to fundamentally rethink our clinical models of care and structures.

The actions we have taken and are proposing in the PDP respond directly to these challenges; balancing the need to make urgent improvements to our core business and performance at the same time as transforming our service models. Specifically, our plan describes action in the following four key areas:

-Skills, education and workforce:

We will recover and stabilise health board expenditure on flexible staffing arrangements, which not only contribute to a significant variable pay bill but also threaten the continuity and quality of healthcare. In addition to immediate workforce control measures, we are working with Swansea University and other educational partners to train the next generation of healthcare professionals and scientists, including developing novel recruitment and retention approaches. Together, we will make South West Wales a destination of choice to train, work, and live due to the exciting agenda being advanced by ARCH.

-Health and Wellbeing:

We will accelerate the development of several health and wellbeing schemes, with primary care at their heart, designed to ensure people can access the care and support they need in their communities, and reducing demand on a pressurised secondary care system. Most schemes are part of wider Public Service Board (PSBs) developments that aim to regenerate and breath life back into places, providing improved educational and employment opportunities – the two most powerful determinants of health and wellbeing.

-Service Transformation:

We have identified 10 clinical and service areas, where we will plan and manage our services over a regional footprint, developing our proposals in partnership with our citizens, to ensure high standards of care and support provided to all of our communities. Our service transformations will be underpinned by cutting edge research and scientific advancements, ensuring the healthcare delivered in our region is cutting edge.

-Research, Enterprise and Innovation:

We are providing the foundations for joined up business and investment proposals to boost the economic growth of the area. The City Deal was considerably driven by the expertise, talent and capability of Swansea University. The economic “accelerator partnership” of ARCH will cement the region’s role as a test bed for new health technologies, particular through expanding our successful Institute of Life Science. We will continue to nurture and create high quality jobs and bring prosperity to South West Wales.

These areas represent big opportunities for us but there will be challenges along the way. We realise that now is the time to be bold to deliver against Welsh Government’s ambitious agenda to create a Wales which is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, united and connected, and there is a real commitment from each of the partners to ensure our vision and aims are implemented and delivered.

This is an ambitious plan – the first of its kind in this country – and we invite the Welsh Government to walk alongside us as we move into an implementation phase.

ARCH offers a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop together, not least in respect of health and healthcare. We’re starting from a strong place as a number of excellent processes for working collaboratively across the area are already in place.

Through ARCH, we have a great opportunity to respond swiftly and effectively to the needs of our communities and to co-produce a healthier future with them.

 

ARCH offers a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop together, not least in respect of health and healthcare. We’re starting from a strong place as a number of excellent processes for working

collaboratively across the area are already in place.

Through ARCH, we have a great opportunity to respond swiftly and effectively to the needs of our communities and to co-produce a healthier future with them.