Swansea Council looks at joining with ABMU, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot to transform social care
SWANSEA Council cabinet members have been updated on plans to transform social care.
Councils in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board are joining forces to see how they can collaborate on improving care for thousands of people.
It is called the Western Bay Health and Social Care Programme and a range of innovative ways to jointly provide care to people across the area are being explored.
This week a report into the project's progress went before Swansea Council's cabinet.
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Members approved a recommendation for officers to continue analysing the case for and against the collaboration and plans for another report to be brought before them. Mark Child, member for health and wellbeing, said the Western Bay programme was looking at a range of ways to deliver health and social care which where responsive to people's needs and cost effective.
He said: "It is very well known that against a backdrop of rising demand for vital health and social care services in the years ahead and reducing budgets, we can't continue to provide them in the way we always have.
"Apart from rising demand and reducing budgets, people also want care delivered in their own homes.
"These are significant challenges and the regional Western Bay Health and Social Care Programme will help address them."