Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to participate in the Health Board’s Shaping Our Future Clinical Services public engagement which ran for 7 weeks in March/April 2021. We are grateful for the constructive conversations and rich feedback that were facilitated through the programme.
What we learned…
92% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there is a need to transform some of our clinical services and 74% strongly agree or agree with the principles to transforming those clinical services.
A number of common themes emerged from feedback:
The engagement has highlighted that people recognise the need to transform our clinical services and broadly support the underpinning principles for transformation. Ensuring that people have easy and timely access to the right clinician, who provides the right care and treatment, is fundamental to what people want and expect from their NHS – care that provides the right outcome for them as individuals. Transformation must have quality of care at its centre. Communication in plain language around what any changes are, how to access services and talk to clinicians is essential, as is communication between professionals in different parts of the care system.
There is much support for increasing the use of digital technology in service provision, with people citing good experience of accessing primary and secondary care services online during the pandemic. However, this is tempered with concern about those who may be digitally excluded and an emphasis on the need for alternatives being made available for those who are unable to access or use technology and the importance of continued opportunities for face-to-face consultations.
The engagement has also reinforced that transformation must develop around whole patient pathways that place the patient’s wellbeing at the heart of what we are seeking to achieve, and that build greater integration and join-up of services within the NHS and with partner services. Comments about the future delivery of services in hospital and in the community, demonstrated the importance of enabling access to our facilities with a robust transport infrastructure and designing new buildings to be fully accessible to all.
Having a workforce with the capacity and training to deliver our transformation ambitions and who have buy-in to the plans is crucial to success, as is taking care of our staff. Clinicians from across different specialties are keen to get involved in shaping the programme and to share their ideas for how services could work differently in the future.
The South Glamorgan Community Health Council and the Cardiff and Vale UHB Executive Board have reviewed the findings of the engagement independently and supported the case to move forward to the next stages of the programme.
Whilst the first phase of Shaping Our Future Clinical Services sought feedback on the Health Board’s broader vision for clinical redesign, the next phase of engagement and/or consultation will focus on specific pathways and how they can be enhanced.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board provides local healthcare services for people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and is the main provider of specialist services for the people of south Wales and for some services, the whole of Wales and the wider UK. We are also a major teaching and research organisation and play a significant role in the Welsh economy. We are very proud of the role that we play within the NHS. As one of the largest and most complex NHS organisations in the UK, we face unique challenges in the way we develop our services, our staff and our buildings to deliver on our ambitions for the future.
There are a number of challenges facing our modern NHS. With a growing and ageing population, staff shortages and outdated hospital buildings, we must change the way we deliver care if we want to provide high quality, safe and sustainable care for the future. More recently, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has placed substantial pressure on our services and significantly increased demand across the NHS. Throughout the pandemic we have seen the best of our NHS, our staff have risen to the challenge to provide the best care to our patients despite demands. It has also required some practical changes to the way we treat our patients and has provided us with opportunities to accelerate some service improvements.
Please read our Shaping Our Future Clinical Services brochure to learn more about our proposed plans and how these may impact you.
We would then like you to participate in our survey and play your part.
We want to hear what you think about the ideas set out in the Shaping Our Future Clinical Services brochure. We are working closely with the South Glamorgan Community Health Council (CHC) and other partner organisations to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to learn about this programme and share their views.
At this stage, it is important that we hear your thoughts and opinions as we begin the development of our plans – this will help us to shape our thinking. This public engagement opportunity runs for 7 weeks from Monday 1st March – Monday 19th April 2021.
Cardiff North & West: 7-9pm, 8th March 2021
Cardiff South East & Central: 7-9pm, 10th March 2021
The Eastern Vale of Glamorgan: 7-9pm, 22nd March 2021
Central and Western Vale of Glamorgan: 7-9pm, 24th March 2021
Due to ongoing limitations to face-to-face meetings presented by the pandemic, all of these meetings will be held online via Zoom, hosted by the
South Glamorgan Community Health Council (CHC).
You can watch our past public engagement events on our YouTube channel here.