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Proposals to transform the delivery of social care in Rhondda Cynon Taf will see an additional £7.2m investment aimed at providing more choice and independence for individuals, while also reducing the pressure on GP surgeries and hospitals.

Through this funding, £2.9m-a-year will be invested into Council services, alongside additional Cwm Taf Morgannwg funding for Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil, worth £4.3m-a-year.

The Council is progressing several local projects aimed at transforming the way health and social care is delivered – after Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Partnership Board received the funding support from Welsh Government earlier this year.

This summer, Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced this significant allocation from the Welsh Government’s Transformation Fund, to expand several successful pilot projects in the Cwm Taf and Bridgend areas.

The funding will help improve access to social care on weekends, expand the use of technology to support people living in their own homes, and bring health and social care closer together to co-ordinate the care for people with complex needs. The following projects will be launched in spring 2020:

  • Stay Well @ Home Rapid Response – the next phase of this service will enable community-based health, well-being, pre-hospital and social care professionals to access a same-day service of practical support to help people to live at home. It will be accessible from 8.30am to 8pm daily, providing practical support for people with ill health – for instance help with washing and dressing. The service will help people who do not need to go to hospital, but need extra support to manage at home.
  • RCT Assistive Technology Lifeline – this service will be enhanced to provide a 24-hour mobile rapid response service, for 365 days a year, to people using an RCT lifeline pendent. The service will respond to people who have fallen or are unwell when they press their pendent. It will ensure individuals have the right equipment to support them to remain living as independently as possible in their own homes. It will also provide reassurance to residents that there is always help on hand.

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Community Services, said: “The Council has welcomed this important support from Welsh Government to improve the delivery of health and social care – utilising a proportion of the significant £22.7m funding announced in July 2019 for across the Cwm Taf and Bridgend areas.

“The Transformation programme demonstrates a commitment to focus on supporting people to stay well, lead healthier lifestyles and live independently for as long as possible.

“The Council is working with Cwm Taf Morgannwg regional partners to deliver significant projects utilising this funding. It will mean Rhondda Cynon Taf will benefit from an extra £2.9m-a-year investment in social care, alongside new health board investment within RCT and Merthyr Tydfil of £4.3m-a-year.

“This funding is on top of the significant £50m investment being made in Extra Care across Rhondda Cynon Taf, as part of the Council’s commitment to modernise older people’s residential and day services. Five state-of-the-art facilities are planned for Aberaman, Pontypridd, Mountain Ash, Treorchy and Porth – alongside the one existing facility at Ty Heulog in Talbot Green.

“As part of this modernisation commitment, the Council is proposing retaining and investing in seven of its residential care homes to focus on complex care, alongside Extra Care. For day care, the Council is proposing a phased introduction of a new model of universal services and opportunities for older people. These proposals are intended to deliver better care facilities for a new generation of older people.”

Posted on Tuesday 10th September 2019