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Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Strategy 2011 - 2014

The National Health Service alone cannot provide or maintain good health. It is a service principally to address illness and disease. That is, trying to ensure that people who become ill or whose illness is deteriorating,are treated properly by professional people in the Health and Social Care field so that they can live their lives as they should. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that some of the long term illnesses are preventable and that ill health can be caused by wider factors and determinants such as the environment, economic activity, the condition and standard of housing, social isolation, social deprivation, day to day lifestyles along with other factors.

In accordance with the Wales National Health Services Act (2006), every local authority and health board must provide and publish a Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Strategy for their area. A wide range of key national and local documents were used to inform the process of formulating the framework and content of the strategy for the next 3 years between 2011 and 2014.

Therefore, on 1 April 2011, the third Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Strategy for Anglesey was published.  It is a statutory requirement that the County Council and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board collaborate with key stakeholders to develop this strategy. This strategy for 2011-14, sets the strategic direction for planning, commissioning and developing services in specific priority areas to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities on the Island by focusing on three principal themes, i.e.:

  • promoting healthy lifestyles
  • managing long term conditions
  • promoting independence for vulnerable people

This is the third Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Strategy to be published for implementation for a period of three years between 2011-14. This Strategy builds on previous strategies published in 2005 and 2008. The Guidelines published by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2010 place a statutory responsibility on regional Health Boards to collaborate with Local Authorities in order to publish a Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Strategy in collaboration with other key stakeholders such as:

  • Public Health Wales
  • the 3rd Sector
  • Community Health Councils
  • the private sector

In order to formulate the current Strategy, a strategic review was held of the needs of the population of Anglesey and the document ‘Anglesey Life’ published in 2004 and 2007 was updated. ‘Anglesey Life 2010’ is now available in order to give a picture of the health and welfare needs and condition of the county and its population.

Consultation took place on the draft of the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Strategy over a period of 3 months between October 2010 and January 2011. This Strategy has therefore been formulated based on:

  • the results of the review of the needs assessment – ‘Anglesey Life 2010
  • extensive discussions with staff and key stakeholders throughout the planning process
  • feedback received from the public and key stakeholders during the consultation period
  • an equalities impact assessment on the contents of the strategy in order to ensure that we promote equality in our services
  • areas where the best outcomes for health can be ensured by working in partnership

The final Strategy for 2011/14 has been approved and adopted by the full County Council and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board during March 2011.

In the current Strategy, it was resolved to continue to focus on the 3 principal themes mentioned above and we have identified specific service areas that will be prioritised over the next 3 years. These priority areas were identified as service areas that would benefit most from collaboration across the agencies in partnership in order to improve the health and welfare of the entire population including children, young people and their families, adults and vulnerable older people within our communities.

The Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Partnership Board will oversee the work programme for the development of the current Strategy. The following key stakeholders are represented on the Partnership Board:

  • Isle of Anglesey County Council
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Public Health Wales
  • Medrwn Môn (Voluntary Services Council) representing the 3rd sector
  • Betsi Cadwaladr Health Council
  • Care Forum Wales
  • The Isle of Anglesey Children and Young People’s Partnership
  • The Isle of Anglesey Community Safety Partnership
  • The Isle of Anglesey Community Strategy Partnership

This key strategic document has been developed through the Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Partnership and is testimony to our commitment to work in partnership in order to realise our vision in relation to addressing priorities and improving outcomes for the entire population by 2014. In the present financial climate, we acknowledge the importance of closer collaboration in order to avoid duplication and to make the most effective use possible of available resources.

The Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Strategy 2011 - 2014 is available below as a PDF.

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