Health minister Vaughan Gething has confirmed nearly £15m worth of funding will be used to transform the way health and social care is delivered in the Swansea Bay area.
The money is the latest to be allocated from the Welsh Government’s £100 million Transformation Fund.
Mr Gething said it will be used for pilot projects that will bring health and social care services closer together and provide care closer to people’s homes.
The money will be split between two projects, which are being led by the West Glamorgan Regional Partnership.
The Western Glamorgan ‘Our Neighbourhood Approach’ initiative will receive £5.9m to develop ways of bringing care services together in a move that is hoped to give patients a seamless service, while also empowering people and communities to manage their own health and well-being.
The remaining £8.8 million is for the “Whole System Approach” model to be tested in seven different areas, building on the work already under way in Cwmtawe.
The projects will bring communities, individuals and different organisations closer together to deliver care closer to home.
Commenting on the news, Gething said: “I am pleased to announce the latest funding from our Transformation Fund to develop innovative new ways of working in the Swansea Bay area. We need to radically change the way we provide health and social care in Wales if we are to meet the future demand on those services.”
He added: “Our long-term plan for health and social services, A Healthier Wales details how we can achieve this. In short we need to create new ways of working and deliver services closer to home to reduce pressure on hospitals. I look forward to seeing how the projects in Swansea Bay develop and hope to see them rolled-out across Wales.”