THE SINGLE INTEGRATED PLAN FOR MERTHYR TYDFIL
The Single Integrated Plan for Merthyr was approved by the Merthyr Tydfil Local Service Board at its meeting on the 28 March 2013 and at Council on the 24 April 2013.
The Merthyr Tydfil Local Service Board will be responsible for ensuring that the plan is delivered for the people of Merthyr Tydfil by working with a whole range of partners. Along with its Independent Chair, Mr. Mostyn James, the Local Service Board consists of leaders of public service organisations that deliver key services to the community:
- The Leader and Chief Executive of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
- The Chair and Chief Executive of Cwm Taf Local Health Board
- The Chief Superintendent of Northern Division, South Wales Police
- The Chief Officer and Chair of Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil
- A senior official from the Welsh Assembly Government
The development and delivery of this Plan provides a new challenge for the Local Service Board and for the Council.
The Single Integrated Plan is not an individual organisation's or an individual department’s plan - this is the key overarching plan for the County Borough which we all have a responsibility to deliver.
Some of the key messages to consider not only in the development of the Plan but also in its delivery is that:
- The Plan is based on need, not demand and with the level of need in the community it has been a challenge for the Local Service Board to identify the priorities for delivery.
- It is very much based on a partnership approach and the most pressing issues identified within the Plan cannot be solved by service silos.
- The Local Service Board must focus resources on prevention and early intervention rather than cure, changing outcomes rather than fixing problems.
- We must pay attention to the needs of the whole population but with a specific focus on groups who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and at risk of becoming vulnerable.
- Key requirement is that the development and delivery of the Single Integrated Plan will fall under the inspection remit of the Wales Audit Office, CSSIW, Estyn and the Health Care Inspectorate Wales. It will also be open to scrutiny with arrangements having to be put in place over the next few months.
OUR VISION FOR MERTHYR TYDFIL
To strengthen Merthyr Tydfil’s position as the regional centre for the Heads of the Valleys, and be a place to be proud of where:
- People learn and develop skills to fulfil their ambitions
- People live, work, have a safe, healthy and fulfilled life
- People visit, enjoy and return
OUR PRIORITY OUTCOMES
- People in Merthyr Tydfil have the opportunity and aspiration to learn and develop their skills to maximise their potential.
- People in Merthyr Tydfil benefit from a strong, sustainable and diverse economy.
- People, who live and work in Merthyr Tydfil are supported to enjoy a healthier and better quality of life.
- People enjoy a vibrant, attractive, safe and sustainable place in which to live, work, play and visit.
The Local Service Board sees “Learning for Life” as the key underpinning priority for the Single Integrated Plan as it will help to deliver the vision for Merthyr Tydfil and the priority outcomes. The ambition is that all children, young people and adults maximise their potential, are resilient to changing circumstances and remain independent for as long as possible.
The benefits of a good education and effective learning are far reaching and long lasting and research shows that:
- Education provides the skills and qualifications required to secure high quality employment,
- Education is the catalyst for local economic prosperity
- Education is at the heart of low cost quality healthcare
- Education helps combat social isolation, promote inclusion, and contributes to community cohesion
- Education is instrumental in helping reverse decline in disadvantaged communities, helping to foster a strong sense of a safer community
The ambition of the Local Service Board identified within the Single Integrated Plan is therefore to:
- Improve attainment and achievement for all children, young people and adults and help each to reach their potential
- Improve the learning environment
- Make the best use of physical, financial and human resources
We have very much taken a partnership approach to the development of the Single Integrated Plan with a Project Team consisting of the Partnership Team of the Local Authority, partnership leads from the Local Health Board and Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil in dialogue with the leads for the priority areas within the Plan including the Police, Third Sector, Public Health, Cwm Taf Health Board and key officers within the Local Authority.
The statutory/public consultation undertaken between January and March 2013 was led jointly by the Consultation Co-ordinator (working across both the Merthyr Tydfil and RCT LSB’s and the Making the Connections Officer at Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil) again evidencing the partnership approach undertaken in developing the Plan.
Further work is currently underway to put in place the delivery structure, the performance management arrangements, scrutiny arrangements and the annual review arrangements to ensure the implementation and delivery of the Single Integrated Plan. The work doesn’t stop here.
The financial pressures on the public sector and the impact on welfare reforms are likely to have an impact on the delivery of the Single Integrated Plan. The requirement to undertake an annual review of the Single Integrated Plan will reflect future budget announcements to ensure that the outcomes identified within the Plan
A Public Summary is currently being developed and will be available shortly.
Merthyr Tydfil Partnership Board
In August 2011, the new Merthyr Tydfil Partnership Board held its first meeting at the Civic Centre.
The Partnership Board was established following the outcomes of a review (commissioned by the joint Merthyr Tydfil / Rhondda Cynon Taf Local Service Boards) to assess the effectiveness of partnership working. Consultation also took place with partners across key partnerships within the County Borough during the setting up of the Board.
The Partnership Board amalgamates the existing executive groups of the Children and Young Peoples Partnership (Board), Community Safety Partnership (Executive Group) and Health, Social Care and Well Being (Core Group) and will comply with any statutory requirements whilst recognising the need to have a manageable sized Board to be effective.
A centralised Partnership Support Team has also been established, using
existing partnership support staff. Aligned to the team will also be Voluntary
Action Merthyr Tydfil’s partnership staff.
Members of the Partnership Board include representatives from the Local Authority, Health Board, South Wales Police and South Wales Police Authority, Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales Fire Service, Probation, Court Service, Merthyr Tydfil College, Merthyr Business Club, Youth Offending Team, the Youth Mayor and the Chair of the Youth Forum, Department for Work and Pensions and headteacher representatives.
The Partnership Board is jointly chaired by the Director of Community Services at the Local Authority (through his previous role as Chair of the Children and Young People’s Partnership and joint chair of the HSCWB Core Group) and the Director of Public Health at Cwm Taf Health Board.
At the first meeting of the Partnership Board, the Joint Chairs identified that “The establishment of the new Merthyr Tydfil Partnership Board is a key opportunity for the existing three partnerships to come together to adopt a holistic approach to tackle local priorities. The Board will consider new ways of working collaboratively to effectively tackle the many themes that cut across the work of different organisations and partners”
At its first meeting, the Board discussed the following:
- The format for future meetings, setting the direction for service delivery and holding providers to account, with service improvement from a citizen’s perspective with a clear focus on delivery.
- An allocated item on the agenda for the Youth Mayor to report back.
- The development of a consistent and robust performance management framework building on the current Ffynnon developments.
- The need to measure outcomes and impact and not just outputs along with the development of a results based accountability approach to the work of the Partnership Board - where are we know, where are we going and how will we get there?
- The need to ensure that the Partnership Board and its work is visible to the community and that two to three key messages to be identified at the end of each meeting for partners to disseminate to their individual organisations.
The joint chairs have also been tasked with identifying a clear set of priorities for discussion at the next Partnership Board meeting which will include the following issues:
- Recognising cross cutting themes and the need to adopt a holistic approach on how best to deliver against the priorities of the Partnership Board.
- Considering new ways of service working collaboratively across partners/authorities/organisational boundaries.
- The breaking down of silos between existing plans and strategies and service delivery.
- The need for a smaller number of innovative, focused and flexible delivery/task and finish groups with identified priorities along with an identified lead manager for each delivery/task and finish group.
Information on Future dates for the Partnership Board and Terms of Reference of Partnership Board can be found under the document links section of this page.
Current Strategies and Plans are availabel to download from the document links section of this page. This page will be updated with the most up to date documents when they become available.
Merthyr Tydfil Compact
What is the Merthyr Tydfil Compact?
The Compact is a partnership agreement between the third sector and the public sector in Merthyr Tydfil as represented by the local authority and the NHS community in Merthyr Tydfil. It provides a framework within which the development of shared aims, objectives, mutual respect and understanding will assist the ability of public and third sector partners to improve the quality of life for the people of the County Borough.
Codes of Practice
The Compact Board have approved final versions of the first five Codes of Practice to be developed since the new Compact was launched. They have been approved by Merthyr Tydfil Council and Cwm Taf Health Board. They are:
- Partnership Working
- Mediation and Disputes Resolution Process
- Commission Accomplished: A Public Sector Code of Practice for Commissioning Third Sector Services
- Governance Code of Practice for the Third Sector
Further details on the Merthyr Tydfil Compact and the Codes of Practice can be found on Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil’s web-site by following the link under the External Links section to the right.
The two-year Commissioning Policy Development Project was established in 2009 with the primary aim of producing a Public Sector Code of Practice for Commissioning Third Sector Services in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. The Project had its roots in the Merthyr Tydfil Compact, for which the development of a Funding and Commissioning Code of Practice was a key objective.
Thanks to a successful funding bid to the former Rhondda Cynon Taf Teaching Local Health Board's Big Idea Fund, it was possible to employ a part-time Commissioning Policy Development Officer to undertake the work.
Further details on the Commissioning Project can be found on Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil’s web-site by following the link under the External Links section to the right.
A commissioning website – “Commission Accomplished” has been developed for third and public sector organisations in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff. This website was developed by the Commissioning Policy Development Project.
Its purpose is to support local public sector commissioning and the implementation of Commission Accomplished: the Public Sector Code of Practice for Commissioning Third Sector Services in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The “Commission Accomplished” link can be found under the External Links section to the right.