Health and Social Care officers acknowledged by First Minister for their achievements in delivering integrated services
Three Carmarthenshire County Council officers have been recognised for their innovative approach to partnership working in the health and social care sector.
Sheila Porter, Head of Primary, Community and Social Care; Dylan Owen, Locality Manager; and Gwyneth Ayers, Partnership Officer, have each been presented with Recognising Achievement awards by the First Minister.
The awards acknowledged their work towards the creation of integrated health and social care services in Carmarthenshire.
Sheila Porter holds a post which is funded jointly by Carmarthenshire County Council and Hywel Dda Health Board. Working jointly and equally between both organisations gives her an unrivalled platform from which to develop integrated services. Since her post was established in 2008, there has been a huge shift in the way services are delivered.
Most recently, this has involved the creation of Community Resource Teams, which provide a single point of contact for health and social care professionals across three locality areas.
Staff from the council’s social care teams, Hywel Dda Health Board’s primary health care and community services providers, and the voluntary sector, all work together as one team where they share skills and knowledge for the benefit of patients and service users.
Dylan Owen is one of three Locality Managers that manage the CRTs, and has led on service reviews, often in sensitive circumstances, to ensure more efficient use of under-pressure resources.
Gwyneth Ayres, as Partnership Officer, has helped to develop strong partnership links, and has worked to overcome the technical aspects of delivering joint services.
Cllr Pat Jones, Executive Board Member for Health and Social Care, said: “It is very pleasing to see these individuals recognised for their commitment to delivering seamless services that have the service user at heart. I’m sure that they will want to thank their colleagues across both organisations for helping them to deliver a range of flexible and responsive services to meet the needs of our communities.”
This is the third time the Welsh Government has acknowledged people who have made a significant contribution within their field. The theme for this year was health innovation, including joint integrated health and social care.
First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said: “In Wales, as in the rest of the UK, public services are facing challenging times and the health sector is no different. That means more innovative ideas for delivery, more integrated services and greater quality of care. While the challenges will continue, it’s good that we can celebrate the successes that have already been achieved.”