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National Care and Support Office formally launched

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Posted: Mon April 22, 2024

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In a step towards social care reform, the Welsh Government has announced the creation of the National Office for Care and Support.

The National Office is a dedicated team within the Welsh Government, charged with supporting the Chief Social Care Officer for Wales.

Responsibilities include developing, implementing and managing the National Care Service and the National Commissioning Framework for Care and Support in Wales.

Social Care Secretary Dawn Bowden has welcomed the launch of the new National Office for Care and Support, marking another important step towards a National Care Service in Wales.

With a focus on innovation, improvement and transformation of adult and children’s services, the National Office for Care and Support is a key part of the Welsh Government’s longer term aim to strengthen social care arrangements nationally.

The launch of the national agency is the first part of the roadmap for the implementation of the National Care Service, a shared priority in the partnership agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.

The National Office for Care and Support will primarily focus on supporting the Chief Social Care Officer for Wales in their role, delivering a National Care Service for Wales and implementing the National Commissioning Framework for Care and Support in Wales.

Newly appointed Minister for Social Care Dawn Bowden said:

“The number of people aged 85 and over in Wales is expected to increase by more than 65% over the next twenty years – it is something to celebrate that we are living longer, but it also means we need to radically rethink how we care for our people. our elderly population.

“The launch of the National Care and Support Office is another important milestone in our ambitious journey to create a National Care and Support Service. It will be crucial to help guide the sector in improving access to care and the experience of service users.

“It will also play a vital role in the integration of health and social care, working closely with the NHS Executive to ensure Wales’ health and social care system is fit for the future.”

Albert Heaney, Chief Social Care Officer for Wales, said:

“The national agency will bring together the 22 local authorities, engaging people who use social care services, their carers, the workforce, professional bodies and key partners to work together to deliver national priorities and quality standards, particularly in relation to commissioning of care. and support services.

“It will help me, as head of social care, to direct resources where they are needed most and benefit the most vulnerable, driving improvements in the national delivery of social care in Wales to deliver better and fairer outcomes , access and access to achieve. service user experience.”

Plaid Cymru designated member, Cefin Campbell, said:

“As our society ages, we need to look carefully at how we care for our oldest citizens and provide a system that works for everyone and is free at the time of need. The establishment of the National Care and Support Office is a small but important step in realizing this vision.”

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