£60m investment to join up health and social care services in Wales

Welsh Government has announced £50m revenue funding and £10m capital funding to ensure children, adults and older people receive joined up health and social care services.

The funding will be provided by the Welsh Government's intermediate care fund in 2016-17 to improve care coordination between social services, health, housing, education and the third and independent sectors through "innovating and enhancing schemes" that:

  • support frail and older people
  • develop integrated services for people with learning disabilities and children with complex needs, and
  • develop an integrated autism service, focussing on a multidisciplinary team to support autism in adults and enhancing existing children's neurodevelopmental services.

£30m of this money will be invested in services to support older people to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes. The remaining £20m will help establish new integrated services for children and adults with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs. These will be aimed at transforming the way in which care and support is delivered to people with a learning disability and/or autism and ensuring that they get fair and equal access to good quality health and social care. 

An additional investment of £10m in capital funding will complement the £50m revenue funding. It will assist all of these groups, particularly those with long-term health conditions and complex needs.  It will, for example, support recovery and recuperation by increasing the provision of reablement services or step down/convalescence beds in the community setting. It will also enable local authorities and housing associations to develop more solutions to people's accommodation needs in partnership with the NHS and Social Services.

The investments will help avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, or inappropriate admissions to residential care, as well as preventing delayed discharges from hospital. On announcing the funding, Minister for Health and Social Care Mark Drakeford said:

"Our approach will ensure people receive the right service, in the right place, at the right time, delivered by the right professional."

Details of specific projects will be released soon.