Western Bay Population Assessment
What’s it all about?
In 2014, the Welsh Government published the
Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, which came into force
in April 2016 and is transforming the way health and social care
services are delivered in Wales. It places a strong emphasis on
person-centred care and the importance of collaborative working, as
well as requiring service providers to consider new and innovative
ways to make services more sustainable for the future.
Section 14A of the Act places a duty on Local
Authorities and Local Health Boards to gather information on the
care and support needs of the population. This is known as a
Population Assessment and is intended to help service providers to
understand more about the lives of people in the area and enable
them to make better, more informed decisions about how care and
support services are delivered.
In Western Bay, Bridgend County Borough
Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the City and
County of Swansea and the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU)
Health Board have joined forces with partner organisations in the
Third Sector to undertake this exercise, which considers:
- the range and level of services required to
meet the care and support needs of people living within the
- where there are gaps in
service provision, and how these can be addressed
- what changes are required to
improve services in the future.
The assessment also takes into
account the support needs of carers, as well as considering the
range and level of preventative services available across the
How do I view the information gathered as part of the
The content of the Population Assessment is
presented in three different ways.
- A website providing the key headlines of care
and support needs, services and issues for the Western Bay area. To
view the website, please visit http://www.westernbaypopulationassessment.org/en/home/
- A suite of downloadable chapters in PDF form,
providing a more detailed description of findings. These can be
found at the end of every chapter area on the website.
- A suite of Technical Reports/Topic Papers
containing a detailed analysis of the evidence gathered (available
on request via the ‘Contact’ section of the Population Assessment
What happens next?
The next step will be to develop an Area Plan
for Western Bay, which will draw on the information gathered during
the Population Assessment to identify key areas of change which
will be addressed in a joined up way over the coming years.
The Population Assessments will be repeated
every four years and will be refreshed during that time, allowing
Western Bay partners the opportunity to incorporate new information
and to ensure progress is monitored effectively. This is the first
time that a Population Assessment has been produced and there will
be gaps in the information and changes to make in future.
If you have any queries about the Western Bay
Population Assessment, please contact the Western Bay Programme
Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone on 01792 633805.