An £89m Welsh Government fund is providing care closer to home for people of all ages, helping reduce pressure on hospitals and social care services across Wales, the Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan said during a visit to a school in Cardiff today.

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16 January 2020
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At Ty Gwyn Special School in Ely, which supports pupils aged 3-19 with Autism and /or profound and complex needs, the Deputy Minister outlined how the Integrated Care Fund has provided support for a range of projects across Wales.

A total of 563 projects were supported in 2018-19 helping support older people with complex needs and long term conditions including dementia, carers, and people with learning disabilities.

The fund also supports children with learning disabilities and complex needs, like at Ty Gwyn School. The school received capital funding of £175,000 in 2018/19 towards refurbishments and two new classrooms.

Other examples are included in the Integrated Care Fund 2018-19 Annual Report published today.

In 2018-2019, a total of £59m of funding was allocated for 492 revenue projects and £30m for 71 capital projects.

These include:

  • projects and services that deliver care closer to home;
  • schemes to prevent loneliness;
  • development of accommodation for people with disabilities;
  • housing adaptions to prevent falls; and
  • creating dementia friendly communities and environments.

Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan said:

By making better use of resources and moving away from traditional ways of delivering services the Integrated Care Fund is making health and care services more person-centred and providing care at or closer to home. As result this is helping to reducing pressure on vital NHS and social care services.

“These new ways of working will be vital to creating a health and social care system in Wales that is fit for the future, as set-out in A Healthier Wales.

Housing Minister Julie James added:

The project at Ty Gwyn School is an excellent example of how our Integrated Care Fund is helping deliver care closer to people’s homes. Last year the fund invested £30m in capital schemes, from housing adaptions to new large-scale buildings and projects. Across Wales the fund has supported projects focusing on prevention and early intervention to help people to live their lives their own way.” 

Cardiff Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: “The Ty’r Bont project is an excellent example of partnership working between Education, Health and Social Services to deliver the best support and care for young people with complex needs, which they require when leaving school.

“The enhanced provision which has been developed at Ty Gwyn, ensures they have a clear plan which is focussed on their individual needs, delivered in familiar surroundings and with very accomplished staff whom they know.

Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore said:

Leaving school can be a period of significant change for individuals so by providing a well-planned, coherent transition from school to young adult life, led by young people themselves and their families, can provide reassurance and reduce anxiety about the future.

“Ty’r Bont has been recognised as a centre of national good practice which is testament to the highly skilled, well trained and motivated staff who are able to provide high quality, person centred support.