Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Cwm Taf University Health Board and the County Voluntary Councils, Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil (VAMT) and Interlink, have a strong history of working in partnership across a range of service areas.  In a co-ordinated and joined up approach, our services can effectively ensure the right care is provided in the right place at the right time.

The issues facing older people are complex and interrelated, requiring a joined up response across organisations, combining and focusing the efforts of different service providers to avoid gaps or duplication and achieve maximum impact.

In 2015, members of the public and our stakeholders were invited to comment upon the draft Joint Commissioning Statement for Older People in Cwm Taf.  The Statement describes our proposed service model for older people and sets out how the Health Board and Councils will either provide services or procure services from the Third Sector, independent sector or social enterprises.

The Joint Commissioning Statement describes a strong and shared commitment by the Health Board and Councils to ensure seamless and integrated health and social care services for our older population. The commissioning organisations also recognise the invaluable role of Third Sector and have developed our commissioning statement with this extended sense of partnership in mind.

The partners share a clear vision to transform the way we support people to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives.  This will be achieved by providing health and social care services that are: 

  • Integrated, joined up and seamless.
  • Focused on prevention, self-management and reablement.
  • Responsive and locally delivered in the right place, at the right time and by the right person.
  • Safe, sustainable and cost effective. 

Which will: 

  • Promote healthy lifestyles and prevent ill health.
  • Promote independence and protect the vulnerable.
  • Improve services and joint working.

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