A funding pot of more than £80m has been made available to health and social care projects in Wales.
Regional Partnership Boards across the country, which bring together local authorities, health boards and community groups, have received shares of the fund to transform the way health and social care is delivered.
The news follows the first anniversary of A Healthier Wales, the Welsh government’s long-term plan to deliver integrated health and social care services.
Since launching on June 11, 2018, £87.2m of the £100m Transformation Fund has been allocated to projects such as Home First, which brings together clinicians and local authorities to speed up assessments and support those who are in hospital to go home as quickly as possible.
Other projects include placing mental health practitioners with ambulance crews and police control rooms and developing alternatives to hospital admission, such as crisis cafes and safe havens.
Health minister Vaughan Gething said: “A Healthier Wales is the first time we’ve set out a shared plan for health and social care, which emphasises the importance of these services working seamlessly together.
“In order to meet the demands of the future we need to radically change the way services are delivered. We need to move away from healthcare which focuses on treating people when they become unwell, to one that supports people to stay well, lead healthier lifestyles and live independently for as long as possible.”
Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Partnership Board, which includes the Bridgend County Borough Council area, was the latest to be allocated a share of the fund, receiving £22.7m.
This will be used to expand successful pilot projects across Cwm Taf and Bridgend to help people stay independent whilst reducing pressure on social care, GP surgeries and hospitals.
Rachel Rowlands, chief executive of Age Connects Morgannwg and Chair of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Partnership Board said: “The £22.7 million made available by Welsh Government is a significant investment to secure better solutions for people of all ages, regardless of postcode.
“Much of what we seek to achieve will be delivered by social value organisations and I am delighted that a considerable proportion of the funding will be used to boost the role of social value organisations already having a huge impact on the lives of people living across the region. The hard work starts now and we look forward to working in partnership to ensure our proposals deliver on time, on budget and make a real difference to people’s lives.”