Welsh Government has announced £50m revenue funding and £10m capital funding to ensure children, adults and older people receive joined up health and social care services.
The funding will be provided by the Welsh Government's
intermediate care fund in 2016-17 to improve care coordination
between social services, health, housing, education and the third
and independent sectors through "innovating and enhancing schemes"
- support frail and older people
- develop integrated services for people with learning
disabilities and children with complex needs, and
- develop an integrated autism service, focussing on a
multidisciplinary team to support autism in adults and enhancing
existing children's neurodevelopmental services.
£30m of this money will be invested in services to support older
people to maintain their independence and remain in their own
homes. The remaining £20m will help establish new integrated
services for children and adults with autism, learning disabilities
and complex needs. These will be aimed at transforming the way in
which care and support is delivered to people with a learning
disability and/or autism and ensuring that they get fair and equal
access to good quality health and social care.
An additional investment of £10m in capital funding will
complement the £50m revenue funding. It will assist all of these
groups, particularly those with long-term health conditions and
complex needs. It will, for example, support recovery and
recuperation by increasing the provision of reablement services or
step down/convalescence beds in the community setting. It will also
enable local authorities and housing associations to develop more
solutions to people's accommodation needs in partnership with the
NHS and Social Services.
The investments will help avoid unnecessary hospital admissions,
or inappropriate admissions to residential care, as well as
preventing delayed discharges from hospital. On announcing the
funding, Minister for Health and Social Care Mark Drakeford
"Our approach will ensure people receive the right service, in
the right place, at the right time, delivered by the right
Details of specific projects will be released soon.