Posted on 10/05/2019

I am delighted to be able to provide you with my latest update as Chair of the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Committee.

Over the past few months, our Committee has continued to play a vital role in scrutinising decision-making as well as adding value to the policy direction, examples of which are below.

I am proud to say that our Committee has grown in confidence and strength, with Members continuing to work as one in its approach and commitment to scrutinising the Council’s provisions and plans as part of its delivery to Health and Wellbeing.

For example, Members were recently given a Stay Well At Home Service presentation and I must say, the findings were extremely pleasing. For example, we were informed of the reduction in the number of people admitted to a hospital bed from A & E

We are delighted to see the positive impact the Stay Well at Home Service is having on members of our communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff for their hard work and commitment.

It is a recognised fact that people are now living longer and wanting their independence for as long as possible by living in their own homes, and we as a Council are supporting them to do just that.

Our Members have also been involved with the EMI Working Group, following a presentation to our Committee in relation to the provision of Adult Mental Health Service within Rhondda Cynon Taf.

We were told of challenges faced by the service, including the lack of EMI nursing care home beds (both respite and long-term) and as a result of information received, Members agreed to set up a working group to look into how the committee could assist with the challenges.

Our Committee made a number of recommendations to the Council’s Executive (The Cabinet) and as a result of our work these proposals have been implemented by the Council.

We have, thanks the strengthened scrutiny processes, been able to contribute to the Council in respect of Community Day Centres.

It has been noted that usage is low at the aforementioned venues, with small numbers of meals provided each day. The programmes of activities are also generally quite limited, and at one centre no activities are held at all.

The committee acknowledged that there is a need to work in collaboration with communities and third sector organisation to deliver a more integrated service for the benefit of residents. Our feedback and comments will form part of the formal consultation feedback to the Council’s Cabinet.

The Council prides itself on the welfare of its workforce, therefore our Committee has welcomed the latest report Tackling Mental Health.

Our Human Resources department has been working with trade union colleagues to secure additional funding to provide Mental Health Awareness training, and I am delighted to say that the funding secured in 2018/19 was subsequently match-funded by the Counci.

The committee will shortly present its Annual Report to Council, which will outline further the positive contribution our committee is making to policy development in the Council.

Posted on 10/05/2019