News from the Board!

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board held its latest Board meeting on September 26th 2019 at Ynysmeurig House in Abercynon. This bulletin sets out some of the key items from the meeting but you can read the full Board papers here.


Success for Cwm Taf Morgannwg staff at the NHS Wales Awards!

Success for Cwm Taf Morgannwg staff at the NHS Wales Awards!
Board members congratulated staff for being shortlisted in four categories at this year’s highly competitive NHS Wales Awards including those who were winners in the partnership category.

The award for Providing services in partnership across NHS Wales was won by Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, Aneurin Bevan UHB, Swansea Bay UHB, Hywel Dda UHB and Cardiff and Vale UHB for work on the “South Wales Motor Neurone Disease Care Network”. CTM UHB was also successful in the following entries being shortlisted:

  • ‘Delivering person-centred services’ – Supporting those living with Dementia and behaviours that challenge using a person-centred approach
  • ‘Empowering people to co-produce their care – Peer Support Volunteering
  • ‘Enriching the well-being, capability and engagement of the health and care workforce’ – LGBT Network & Diversity Street
  • ‘Improving health and wellbeing’ – Improving Health & Wellbeing through the Taff Ely Cluster ‘Sheds’ Development

Entries were received from a range of organisations, showing the high standard of innovative and diverse work that has transformed the experience and outcomes for people in Wales. 

New Macmillan palliative care unit opens at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital

New Macmillan palliative care unit opens at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital

The new state-of-the-art Macmillan unit on the Royal Glamorgan Hospital site will take its first patients this week following a multi-million pound build by Macmillan Cancer Support and the health board.

The specialist palliative care team currently based in the Y Bwthyn unit at Pontypridd Cottage Hospital will deliver the same excellent care, but in a newly-designed building with eight inpatient bedrooms as well as a spacious and bright day unit with activity rooms, treatment rooms and a family room.  Designed by architects who specialise in palliative care builds, the Unit will give a comfortable and welcoming environment to people being cared for there and their loved ones.

The unit will offer inpatient, outpatient and palliative day care to people in the Rhondda and Taff Ely area of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

Health Board continues to make progress to address issues in Special Measures and Targeted Intervention 

The second of Welsh Government’s monitoring meetings with CTM was held on the 9th September where detail on the Health Board’s progress on maternity services and quality governance was shared.

Encouraging feedback was received from Welsh Government on actions to date whilst noting there remains much to do and further learning expected from on-going, independent reviews due to report in the coming months including the first quarterly update from the Independent Maternity services Oversight Panel.

A programme approach is being established to progress improvement in the areas of Targeted Intervention, namely ‘Leadership & Culture’, ‘Trust & Confidence’ and ‘Quality & Governance’ and regular updates will be provided to Board members as well as staff and stakeholders.

Emergency Medicine (A&E), Acute Medicine and Inpatient

Paediatric Services

A wider engagement programme is being developed to involve patients, communities, staff, CHCs, local authorities, regional Health Boards, Welsh Government and other stakeholders in the implementation of the remainder of the South Wales Programme.

As part of the SWP which concluded in 2014, consultant-led obstetric and neonatal services were transferred from Royal Glamorgan to Prince Charles Hospital in March this year. This followed the opening of an Acute Medicine Unit and Diagnostics Hub at RGH which were also part of the reconfiguration of services under the SWP.

The final part of the SWP involves the future sustainability of consultant-led paediatrics and A&E services, and further updates will be brought to the Board as the project progresses towards the revised implementation date of September 2020.

Development Plan for the new Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

A plan for the development of CTM UHB following the Bridgend boundary change in April this year continues to take shape, drawing on the learning from the recent regulatory reviews.

A number of key programmes are underway to establish CTM as a new organisation including a staff engagement programme called ‘Let’s Talk Culture’. The ideas shared by staff and patients from a series of workshops – which will be held across the organisation from 4th –8th November – will be used to create the values and behaviours that will help shape the new organisation of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

Other programmes of work including the development of a new Operating Model for CTM which is currently out for staff engagement.

Chair’s lecture series

Following the success of previous guest speaker lectures hosted by chair of CTM UHB Professor Marcus Longley, two further guests have been invited to the health board to talk about ‘changing culture’ and ‘transforming culture’ in the NHS.

Dr Dawn Goodwin will be visiting the health board from the University of Lancaster Medical School at 5pm on October 17th in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Dawn has recently completed research on what major service failures in the NHS reveal about the challenges of ‘culture’.

On November 18th at 5pm Dame Julie Moore will be at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. As one of the most celebrated NHS leaders of recent years, who started her career as a nurse and ended up running hospitals in Birmingham, she will share her own perspectives on the challenges the NHS faces today. To book a place, please contact [email protected]

Mental Health Service Improvement Fund

The Health Board received confirmation that it has been successful in its bid against the All Wales Mental Health Service Improvement Fund and will receive recurrent funding allocation of £2.282m.

Adult Thoracic Surgery for South Wales

At its meeting held in July, the specialist services commissioning body WHSSC supported the recommendations for a single site model for the delivery of thoracic (chest and lung) surgery based at Morriston Hospital, Swansea. The six affected Health Boards, including CTM UHB were asked to provide unconditional approval of this model and Board members agreed the proposal.

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