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Public Service Boards

2015/16 was a significant year in Wales, with the enacting of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. These world leading pieces of legislation, coupled with continued implementation of Prudent Healthcare and the launch of the UHB’s Institute of Health Improvement (IHI) inspired Shaping Our Future Wellbeing Strategy and provided key context for the refresh of Cardiff and Vale UHB’s Integrated Medium Term Plan 2016/17-18/19. Our partnership strategies, What Matters and The Vale of Glamorgan Community Strategy, have shaped our approach and are reflected in all that we do.

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 places a well-being duty on public bodies to do things in pursuit of the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, in a way that accords with the principle of sustainable development. It requires public bodies to report on such action, including setting and publishing well-being objectives that are designed to maximise its contribution to achieving each of the national well-being goals.

The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 established Public Services Boards (PSBs) in each local authority area. The purpose of PSBs is to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the area by contributing to the achievement of the national well-being goals. Cardiff and Vale UHB is a full statutory member of the PSBs in Cardiff and in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Local Assessments of Wellbeing

Since their establishment in April 2016, the PSBs have been working to develop local assessments of wellbeing, building on needs assessments undertaken to support of the predecessor Local Service Boards in implementing Cardiff ‘What Matters’ and the Vale Community Strategy.

PSBs are required to undertake an assessment of local wellbeing by 31 March 2017, followed by publication of a local wellbeing plan by May 2018. The PSBs in Cardiff and in the Vale of Glamorgan have undertaken consultation on draft wellbeing assessments. The purpose of the assessments is to enable us all to better understand the state of well-being, including social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being. This will in turn help inform collective wellbeing objectives and Wellbeing Plans in Cardiff and in the Vale of Glamorgan which will shape how we provide our services across the public sector.

We deliver our responsibilities for Wellbeing and Future Generations as a University Health Board and as part of two Public Services Boards. Together we generate Wellbeing Assessments for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and two Wellbeing Plans.

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