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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

 

Current Consultations                                (Closed consultations)

 

Welsh Government: Inappropriate Admissions Guidance

This guidance has been developed to reduce the number of inappropriate admissions of under 18s to adult mental health wards. It details what the Welsh Government expects to ensure the safety of the patient. It will advise Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health Services within Local Health Boards, of their legal duty regarding the appropriate placement of children in hospital. This guidance has been developed to reduce the number of inappropriate admissions of under 18s to adult mental health wards.

Consultation Document

Consultation Questions

Deadline: 5 December, 2014

 

 

National Assembly for Wales: Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry into Alcohol and Substance Misuse

The terms of reference for this inquiry are to consider:

the impacts of alcohol and substance misuse on people in Wales, including young people and university students; older people; homeless people; and people in police custody or prisons;

the effectiveness of current Welsh Government policies on tackling alcohol and substance misuse and any further action that may be required;

the capacity and availability of local services across Wales to raise awareness and deal with the impact of the harms associated with alcohol and substance misuse.

Inquiry Overview

Deadline 9 January, 2015

 

 

Welsh Government: Health Standards Framework

Welsh Government are consulting on integrating the 26 Standards for Health Services in Wales and the 12 Fundamentals of Care Standards into 7 Quality Themes and 24 Health Standards

Health Standards will drive continuous improvements in quality. These will be centred on individuals and their needs across all life stages. They will set out the expectations for the people of Wales whether they are receiving health care or providing it. It is important that the development of the new Health Standards Framework for Wales is developed and owned by people who deliver services and people who use them.

 

Consultation Document

Framework Document

Consultation Questions

Deadline: 26 January, 2015

 

 

Welsh Government: Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act  Regulations and Code of Practice

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 1 May 2014. The Act forms the basis for a new statutory framework for social care in Wales.

The first tranche of regulations, together with the related codes of practice and statutory guidance to be made under the Act, is now available for a 12-week public consultation.

The Regulations and Code of Practice in this tranche cover the following sections of the Act:

·         Population assessments under part 2 of the Act and partnership working under part 9  

·         Social enterprises, co-operatives, user led services and the third sector

·         Assessments and eligibility

·         Direct Payments

·         Adult Protection and Support Orders

·         National Independent Safeguarding Boards

·         Local Safeguarding Boards

·         Ordinary residence and disputes about ordinary residence

This Consultation is broken down into four separate Consultation packages.

Consultation Documents

Deadline: 2 February, 2015


Please send your comments to Manel Tippett (mtippett@rcpsych.ac.uk) prior to the deadline.


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National Assembly for Wales: Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry into New Psychoactive Substances (Legal Highs)

The inquiry covers: how to raise awareness of the harms associated with the use of legal highs among the public and those working in the relevant public services; the capacity of local services across Wales to raise awareness of – and deal with the impact of – the harms associated with the use of legal highs; the effectiveness of data collection and reporting on the use of legal highs in Wales and their effects; the possible legislative approaches to tackling the issue of legal highs, at both Welsh Government and UK Government level; how effectively a partnership approach to tackling the issue of legal highs in Wales is being coordinated, both within Wales and between the Welsh and UK Governments; international evidence on approaches taken to legal highs in other countries.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 26 September, 2014

 

Welsh Government: Review of the Advisory Structure for Health

 

In the past, the government and health service have been highly reliant for that advice on the standing advisory groups such as the Welsh Medical Committee. As Wales has progressed under devolution it is now more common for clinical advice to come from the growing number of other authoritative, Wales-specific sources. For instance those directly employed clinicians in the health service or government, manager groups and clinical networks, bespoke task/finish groups or external bodies such as royal colleges and the Third Sector. Therefore, it is an appropriate time to reflect on whether the system of advisory bodies needs to be reformed.

 

RCPsych in Wales Response, 26 September, 2014

 

National Assembly for Wales: The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee Inquiry into Poverty in Wales

The inquiry will consider: how effectively the Tackling Poverty Action Plan, Strategic Equality Plan and other government strategies work together; the impacts of poverty, particularly destitution and extreme poverty, on different groups of people; how legislation, policy and budgets targeted at tackling poverty and reducing inequality are co-ordinated and prioritised across the Welsh Government.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 16 September 2014

 

National Assembly for Wales: Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry post legislative scrutiny of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010

The terms of reference for this inquiry are to assess the extent to which the stated objectives of the Measure are being achieved; identify whether there are any lessons which can be learned or good practice shared from the making and implementation of the Measure and the associated subordinate legislation and guidance; and assess whether the Measure has represented, and will continue to represent, value for money.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 16 September 2014

 

APoSM Review of Tramadol - Prescription Only Medicines

The Minister for Health and Social Services has asked the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse (APoSM) to review the Welsh Government policy response to the increase in drug-related deaths related to tramadol and other prescription only medicines.

APoSM Request for evidence letter

RCPsych in Wales Response, 4 September 2014

Tramadol Graphs

 

Welsh Government: Legislative Proposals for Additional Learning Needs - White Paper

This consultation sets out proposals to create a fairer system of support for children and young people with additional learning needs in Wales. This White Paper outlines the proposals to introduce a new legislative framework for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs. This will replace existing legislation for the assessment and provision of support for learners with special educational needs in schools and learning difficulties and/or disabilities in post-16 education and training.  
 
 
 

Welsh Government: Public Health White Paper 

The ‘Listening to you – Your health matters’ White Paper Consultation Document sets out a series of proposals for legislation to help further improve and protect people’s health and wellbeing in Wales. The proposals cover a range of public health issues, including action to reduce the harms to health caused by smoking, alcohol misuse and obesity. They provide a set of practical actions which, when combined, aim to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing in Wales.

 

RCPsych in Wales Response, 24 June, 2014

 

 

Welsh Government: Improving access to substance misuse treatment for older people.

This document provides some background information on substance misuse in those over the age of 50 and outlines action that could be taken to improve their access to treatment. It is intended to inform the development of local care pathways and will be of relevance to practitioners and those responsible for planning and managing services.

 

RCPsych in Wales Response, 12 May 2014

 

Revising the national framework for Continuing NHS Healthcare (CHC)

 

Welsh Government was seeking views on the new Framework that will replace the 2010 Continuing NHS Healthcare: The National Framework for Implementation in Wales. It will provide clear, practical guidance based on the views of stakeholders and will be accompanied by a CHC Toolkit.

 

RCPscyh in Wales Response, 13 March 2014

 

National Assembly for Wales' Children, Young People and Education Committee inquiry into CAMHS

Their inquiry will be in the context of policy and legislation impacting CAMHS: Breaking the Barriers, the Measure and Together for Mental Health. Click here for the Consultation Letter.

This inquiry is on-going. Live viewings of the hearings can be accessed here.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 28 February 2014

 

 

Mental Health Services for Prisoners in Wales

The implementation guidelines outline service outcomes, suggested performance monitoring, and governance arrangements for mental health services in prisons. Amongst other things, it provides guidance on meeting the requirements of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure.

 

RCPsych in Wales Response, 24 February 2014

 

Royal College of Nursing: ‘Minimisation and alternatives to the use of restrictive practices in health and adult social care and special schools’

 

The RCN consulted on guidance on the use of restrictive practices. This guidance is founded on a number of key principles. They underpin the need to make substantial reductions in the use of restrictive practices and to ensure that when, as a last resort they have to be used, it is in the least damaging manner.

Click here for all RCPsych responses.

 

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA): Proposal to allow wider access to naloxone for the purpose of saving life in an emergency

This would be achieved by an amendment of the Human Use Regulations 2012. The proposal is aimed at reducing deaths from heroin overdoses. The consultation document has been jointly produced by the UK Health Departments and the MHRA.

 

Click here for all RCPsych responses.

 

 

Welsh Government: Neurological Conditions Working Plan

The Welsh Government has produced a Neurological Conditions Working Plan to provide guidance to ensure that people with neurological conditions receive timely, appropriate and good quality treatment throughout Wales. It focuses on those who suffer from a range of conditions such as migraines, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, MS, motor neurons, epilepsy and so on.

Academy Response, 31 January 2014

 

 

Welsh Government: The Future of regulation and inspection of care and support in Wales

The Welsh Government White Paper The future of regulation and inspection of care and support in Wales outlines proposed changes to ensure that regulators and inspectors can meet the requirements brought about by the Social Services and Well-being Wales Bill, currently under review by the Assembly’s Health &Social Care Committee. The White Paper sets out the policy aims (p.3-4) and outlines why arrangements for regulation and inspection need to be changed to meet these outcomes (part 4).

Academy Response, 6 January 2014

 

Welsh Government: draft Integrated Assessment, Planning and Review Arrangements for Older People.

This draft document was commissioned by the Minister for Health and Social Services about the need to simplify the current Unified Assessment Process.  These new integrated arrangements have been produced with the help of a Task and Finish Group which has had membership from LAs and LHBs.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 4 November 2013

 

 

Chief Nursing Officer: Ensuring NHS Wales Estates are Older Person Friendly Environments: Refurbishment and New Build Policy

The Welsh Government and the Chief Nursing Officer are working to develop a pan Wales guidance to ensure a coherent future policy for all future refurbishments and new builds of Welsh units for the elderly. The CNO has sent a letter to each LHB and Velindre Trust asking for examples of best practice which they can incorporate into the document. She is asking specifically for a brief outline of the work undertaken and a balanced assessment as to the impacts of the investment.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 1 November 2013

 

 

Welsh Government: A Framework for Delivering Integrated Health and Social Care

 

The Welsh Government is seeking views on their framework for achieving improved user and patient care through better co-ordination of services. This document sets out the Welsh Government's model for integrated health and social care services for older people, and how this can be achieved in the next three years.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 31 October 2013

 

 

ONS: Statistical Products, 2013

The Office for National Statistics is facing major cuts to their operations and are therefore considering reducing their statistical outputs. They are consulting the public on which products should be removed. For more information, please click here. RCPsych in Wales has provided Central College our response to feed into a wider College response.

Click here for all RCPsych responses.

 

 

Welsh Government: Priority Need Status for ex-offenders

The Welsh Government will soon bring forward its Housing Bill, which among other things sets out provisions for people who are homeless. Currently in Wales, there is a 'priority need' status that identifies those individuals who are eligible for targeted assistance in the homelessness system. The Welsh Government is proposing to amend the existing status to apply to former prisoners only if they are considered to be “vulnerable as a result of having been in custody or detention” and if they have a local connection with the area in which their homelessness application. Click here to access the Consultation Document.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 28 October 2013

 

 

NICE draft quality standard for Autism in children, young people and adults.

NICE are seeking stakeholder contributions into the quality standard development process. The Quality Standard includes seven Quality Statements. Click here for the Consultation document.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 30 September 2013

 

 

Welsh Government: Improving Access to Substance Misuse Treatment for Veterans

As part of the Substance Misuse Treatment Framework (SMTF), the Welsh Government is seeking views on improving access to substance misuse treatment for veterans. This document is intended to inform the development of local care pathways and will be relevant to practitioners and those responsible for planning and managing services.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 23 August 2013

 

 

The South Wales Programme: the future of consultant-led maternity and neonatal care, inpatient children's services and emergency medicine for South Wales and South Powys

Click here to access the South Wales Programme website for the Consultation document.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 19 July 2013

 

 

The Ministry of Justice: Transforming Youth Custody: Putting education at the heart of detention

The Paper outlines the Government’s plans for placing high quality education at the centre of youth custody. The consultation paper covers:

  • key information on youth custody and the young people held there;
  • the case for change;
  • a vision for Secure Colleges which place education at the heart of the system.

A link to the Central College response will available shortly.

 

 

National Assembly for Wales: Children and Young People Committee Inquiry into Childhood Obesity

The National Assembly for Wales was conducting an inquiry into how successful the Welsh Government's policies to tackle childhood obesity are and what more could be done. Public hearings were due to take place this summer but have been postponed as this inquiry is currently on hold due to pressures on the Committee's programme.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 3 May 2013

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The National Assembly for Wales Consultation on the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill

The Health and Social Care Committee has considered and agreed with the general principles of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill. The Bill aims to reform and integrate social services law for people and make provision for:

  • Improving the well-being outcomes for people who need care and support, and carers who need support;
  • Co-ordination and partnership by public authorities with a view to improving the well-being of people;
  • Complaints and representations relating to social care and palliative care;
  • Local authorities’ social service functions and that of Welsh Ministers to intervene in a local authority’s exercise of its social services functions; and connected purposes.

RCPsych in Wales response, 15 March 2013

 

 

NICE: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: quality standard consultation

NICE has drafted six new quality standards for ADHD for both adults and children. Quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area.

 

RCPsych in Wales response, 21 March 2013

 

 

 

Welsh Government: Criminal Justice Liaison Services in Wales - Policy Implementation Guidance

The Welsh Government has developed Policy Implementation Guidance to set out the minimum levels of service outcomes, performance monitoring and governance arrangements for Criminal Justice Liaison Services in Wales. The guidance is designed to help support the delivery of the Together for Mental Health strategy. It aims to simplify arrangements between criminal justice and health and social care. It will also help ensure appropriate and timely interventions for people in custody.

RCPsych in Wales response, 12 March, 2013

Update from WG, 3 June

 

 

Welsh Government: Consultation on legislation to end violence against women and domestic abuse (Wales)

This White Paper consultation outlines the policy and legislative proposals aimed at ending violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.The proposals focus on three specific areas:

  1. improving leadership and accountability;
  2. improving education and awareness; and
  3. strengthening services in Wales.

The proposed legislation aims to help Wales take steps forward ending violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 22 February, 2013

 

Welsh Government: Green Paper - Public Health Bill for Wales

The Green Paper for a Public Health Bill for Wales consultation provides an opportunity to consider whether legislation could help the Welsh Government to improve overall health and wellbeing in Wales. It starts a debate about whether new legislation would provide an effective way of making further progress in key areas.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 20 February, 2013

 

 

Government Alcohol Strategy

The Governmentl's alcohol strategy, published in March, 2012, sets out proposals to crackdown on our 'binge drinking' culture, cut the alcohol fuelled violence and disorder that blights too many of our communities, and slash the number of people drinking to damaging levels.

Click here for a copy of the strategy. The College response will be available shortly.

 

 

Health & Social Care Committee Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

The National Assembly for Wales’s Enterprise and Business Committee and Health and Social Care Committee have each established a sub-committee to take evidence from interested parties on the Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

To access the Consultation documents, please click here.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 18 January, 2013.

 

 

Welsh Government: The Strategy for Older People in Wales (Phase 3) 2013 - 2023

The Welsh Government produced their Strategy for Older People in Wales (Phase 3) 2013-2023. The Strategy for Older People was first launched in 2003 to address the issues and aspirations of people aged 50 + living in Wales. The first and second phases of the strategy led to the introduction of a range of programmes to address the needs of older people in Wales. The Welsh Government now wants to develop a strategy to support a third phase.

The Strategy covers the topics of wellbeing, contribution and participation, age-friendly communities, poverty and preparation for later life.

RCPsych in Wales Response, 17 January, 2013.

 

 

Welsh Government: Placing Children on Remand in Secure Accommodation

The Welsh Government set out proposed amendments to the Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations 1991 governing the circumstances in which a local authority can place a child in secure accommodation where that child:

· Is remanded in custody (refused bail) in the course of criminal or extradition proceedings; or

· has been detained by the police under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).

Questions are centred on revoking the “modified test” (reg. 6(2) of the Children (Secure Accommodation) Regulations 1991) in favour of the “welfare test” (section 25(10( of the Children Act 1989).

RCPsych in Wales Response, 18 December 2012

 

 

Welsh Government: Green Paper on proposals to improve services for children & young people in the Youth Justice System

The Welsh Government published a Green Paper setting out proposals to improve the services provided for children and young people at risk of or in the youth justice system, including substance misuse and mental health services. The Government is looking into ways to use their devolved powers to make existing services work better alongside the youth justice system. The Green Paper highlights the prevalence of substance misuse, mental health issues and SEN in many offenders and the difficulty for young people accessing CAMHS.

Consultation Document

RCPsych in Wales Response, 11 December 2012

 

 

Welsh Government: Proposals for reform of the legislative framework for special educational needs

The Welsh Government are proposing to replace the statutory framework for the assessment and planning of provision for children and young people with SEN with a simpler, more person centred and integrated system for children and young people with additional needs (AN). It is believed that this will:

  • lead to increased trust and confidence of parents and carers in the system
  • provide greater consistency between schools and local authorities, and
  • foster more effective partnerships between agencies.

Consultation Document

RCPsych in Wales Response, 11 Oct 2012

 

 

National Assembly for Wales : Access to Medical Technologies

The National Assembly for Wales’s Health and Social Care Committee has agreed to undertake work on access to medical technologies in Wales and invited the public to provide views on the scope of this inquiry. Members would like to know what you think the terms of reference should be for this work, and on what aspects of accessing medical technologies they should focus their efforts. The Committee does not intend to discuss access to medicines as part of this inquiry, only medical technologies.

The Committee also welcomed comments on:

  • the uptake of medical technology in Wales, and the possible barriers to effective new (non-drug) treatments being more accessible to patients;
  • current appraisal processes for new medical technologies;
  • the decision-making process in NHS Wales on funding new medical technologies/treatments.

Consultation letter

RCPsych in Wales response, 5 Oct 2012

 

 

Welsh Government - Together for Mental Health

‘Together for Mental Health’ is the Government's new mental health strategy for Wales.

It covers people of all ages and  aims to address the needs of people with mental health problems or a mental illness, whilst also improving mental wellbeing.

The Strategy is intended to improve outcomes for service users, carers and their families. 

It encourages the "recovery and reablement" approach, which aims to help people live independently and achieve their full potential.

Consultation Document

Consultation Questions

RCPsych in Wales response, 31 July 2012

 

Welsh Government Social Services (Wales) Bill
 
The bill was introduced to provide legislation required to take forward the change programme outlined in the white paper, 'Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action'

 

It will provide, for the first time, a coherent legislative framework for social services in Wales. This consultation set out legislative proposals for the Social Services (Wales) Bill in the following areas:

 

  • maintaining and enhancing the wellbeing of people in need;
  • giving citizens a stronger voice and real control;
  • ensuring a strong national direction and local accountability for delivery;
  • safeguarding and protection;
  • regulation and inspection; and
  • adoption and transitions for disabled children and young people.

 

Consultation Document

Question response form

 

RCPsych in Wales response, 1 June 2012

 

 

 

Regulation of Health and Social Care Professionals

The Law Commission for England and Wales, the Scottish Law Commission and the Northern Ireland Law Commission have published a joint consultation on regulation of healthcare professionals.

The consultation paper and summary can be found here.

The Law Commissions were seeking views on how a new legal framework would:

  • give the regulators increased flexibility in the use of their powers while ensuring public accountability
  • enable them to ensure proper standards of professional education, conduct and practice
  • have at its heart a duty on the regulators to protect the public.

 

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has produced a summary of proposals and questions, which can be accessed here.

Many of the questions and proposals are matters of detail that will not be of immediate concern to Colleges. However there do appear to be a number of important issues raised.

For a copy of the College's response, please click here.

 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Proposed Health Technology Appraisal

Review proposal of Guidance No:  98; Methylphenidate, atomoxetine and dexamfetamine for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents (including a review of guidance TA13)

This guidance was issued in March 2006, and the review date is September 2011.

The Guidance Executive (GE) Proposal paper and provisional matrix of consultees and commentators are now available to download.


 

Home Office - Forced Marriage Consultation

The Home Office were seeking views on:

  • whether forcing someone to marry should be a made a criminal offence or whether current arrangements provide adequate protection;
  • how to deter forced marriages from taking place; and
  • how they might implement the criminalisation of breaches of the civil Forced Marriage Protection Orders -  A FMPO is an order which may contain any number of provisions as the court deems necessary to protect an individual who is at risk of forced marriage or who has already been forced into a marriage.

Please click here to access all relevant documents. Please click here to access the College's response (April 2012).

 

 

Mental Health (Secondary Mental Health Services)(Wales) Order 2012

As part of the Welsh Government’s work in preparation for commencement of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010, a draft Order has been developed to provide further definition about what are to be considered Secondary Mental Health Services under the Measure.

The Welsh Government is seeking your views on the Mental Health (Secondary Mental Health Services)(Wales) Order 2012.

This Order has the effect of:

  • excluding any service provided as part of a local primary mental health support service under Part 1 of the Measure from being considered as a secondary mental health service, and
  • enabling secondary mental health services provided elsewhere in the United Kingdom to be considered as secondary mental health services for Part 3 of the Measure in Wales.

The Divisional Response is now available (14 March 2012)

The Welsh Government has prepared guidance to Local Health Boards (LHBs) and local authorities and others as an aid when considering the definition of ‘secondary mental health services’ as set out in the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 and the Mental Health (Secondary Mental Health Services) (Wales) Order 2012, and in developing joint schemes for the provision of local primary mental health support services under Part 1 of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.

 

 

Welsh Government - Children and Young People's Continuing Care Guidance

The Guidance Document covers the continuing care packages that should be in place where existing services are lacking.

 

“Continuing care” is for children and young people who require services due to “disability, accident or illness”.

 

The guidance comprises:

 

  • A continuing care process which outlines the principles, timelines and the phases involved in assessing and arranging provision of packages of continuing care. It also considers transition from child to adult services.
  • An assessment toolkit to aid identification of continuing care needs in children and young people and a children and young people’s Decision Support Tool to assist local decision making about the care that is needed.
  • A continuing care pathway to help plan, design, deliver and evaluate services.
  • Details of the legal framework for children and young people’s continuing care.

 

The Divisional Response is now available (13 March 2012)

 

 

The Mental Health (Primary Care Referrals and Eligibility to Conduct Primary Mental Health Assessments) (Wales) Regulations 2012

These Regulations propose arrangements which will enable GPs to refer individuals to local primary mental health support services (including individuals who are not registered with them). The Regulations also set out eligibility requirements for those who may undertake primary mental health assessments.

The Divisional Response is now available (27 January 2012). The response from the Royal College of GPs will be made available once in the public domain. If you have any queries, please contact Manel on 029 2048 9006.

The Welsh Government will prepare guidance under Part 1 of the Measure for Local Health Boards and Local Authorities on the Establishment of Joint Schemes for the delivery of Local Primary Mental Health Support Services. We will place this on our website under Welsh Policy Updates, once it has been published.

 

Draft Code of Practice on Parts 2 and 3 of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure, 2010

The Welsh Government's consultation on the draft Code of Practice on Parts 2 and 3 of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure is now closed.

Part 2 relates to Care Coordination and Care and Treatment Planning and Part 3 relates to the Assessment of Former Users of Secondary Mental Health Services.

Click here to download the Draft Code of Practice, Consultation Document, and the Consultation Response Form from the Welsh Government website. 

The Divisional Response is now available (17 January 2012).

 

The Health and Social Care Inquiry into Residential Care for Older People

The National Assembly for Wales' Health and Social Care Committee undertook an inquiry into residental care for older people looking into the ways in which the  needs of older people can be met now and in the future, specifically:

  • the process by which older people enter residential care and the availability and accessibility of alternative community-based services, including reablement services and domiciliary care.
  • the capacity of the residential care sector to meet the demand for services from older people in terms of staffing resources, including the skills mix of staff and their access to training, and the number of places and facilities, and resource levels.
  • the quality of residential care services and the experiences of service users and their families; the effectiveness of services at meeting the diversity of need amongst older people; and the management of care home closures.
  • the effectiveness of the regulation and inspection arrangements for residential care, including the scope for increased scrutiny of service providers’ financial viability.
  • new and emerging models of care provision.
  • the balance of public and independent sector provision, and alternative funding, management, and ownership models, such as those offered by the cooperative, mutual sector and third sector, and Registered Social Landlords.

 

Letter from the Chair

Divisional Response 

Other responses

Final Committee Report

 

 

The Mental Health (Regional Provision) (Wales) Regulations 2012   

The Welsh Government's consultation on the Mental Health (Regional Provision)(Wales) Regulations 2012 is now closed.

The Regulations would enable Local Health Boards (LHBs) and local authorities in Wales to enter into regional working arrangements, as opposed to local working arrangements.

 LHBs will agree with the local authorities within their "patch" collectively, and not with each local authority individually, on:

  • schemes for the provision of local primary mental health services (under Part 1); and
  • arrangements for receiving self referrals and undertaking timely arrangements (under Part 3).

Click here to download the Regulations, Consultation Document, and the Consultation Response Form from the Welsh Government website.

The Divisional Response is now available (16 December 2011).

NICE Review of Clinical Guideline (CG77) Antisocial personality disorder: treatment, management and prevention Consultation Document to decide if CG77 should be updated.

 

The Divisional Response is now available (24 October 2011).

 

NICE DRAFT SCOPE for clinical practice guideline on the management of autism in children and young people for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

The draft scope defines what aspects of care the guideline will cover and to whom it will apply. You can access the draft scope here.

 

The Divisional Response is now available (30 September 2011).

 

NICE Draft Service user experience in adult mental health guidance and Quality Standard consultation is now closed. The aims of the guidance are to:

 

  • develop recommendations and quality standards to provide a framework describing key requirements for providing a high quality service user experience;
  • identify quality measures that set the expected degree of achievement;
  • identify key areas for improvement in current service user experience;
  • identify key areas for further research that are likely to improve understanding of how to measure and improve the experience of care within adult mental health services.

 

The Divisional Draft response is now available (19 July 2011).

 

NICE Draft proposal for the review for update of the Bipolar Disorder (CG38)

A review is being undertaken to decide whether CG38 should be updated. Further details, the review proposal consultation document can be found by following the link below:

http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG38/ReviewProposal (end 15 June 2011).

 

 

NICE Draft proposal for the review for update of the Schizophrenia Guideline (CG82)

A review is being undertaken to decide whether CG82 should be updated. Further details, the review proposal consultation document can be found by following the link below:

http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG82/ReviewProposal (end 24 June 2011).

 

NICE Draft proposal for the review for update of the Eating Disorders Guideline (CG9)

A review is being undertaken to decide whether CG82 should be updated. Further details, the review proposal consultation document and the comments proforma can all be found by following the link below:

http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG9/ReviewProposal (end 26 June2011).

 

NICE Draft Self-Harm (Longer Term management) Clinical Guideline

The NICE draft Self-harm (longer-term management) follows on from 'Self-harm: the short-term physical and psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary and secondary care' (NICE clinical guideline 16). It is concerned with the longer-term psychological treatment and management of self-harm, and does not include recommendations for the physical treatment of self-harm.

 

The Divisional Draft response is now available. (7 June 2011).

National Framework for Children and Young People's Continuing Care - Informal Consultation Document

Officials have been working with stakeholder gorups, policy colleagues and lawyers for some time to finalise the draft National Framework for Children and Young People's Continuing Care. 

The Divisional Draft response is now available. (23 May 2011).

 

The Mental Health (Wales) Regulations 2011

  • Part 2 The Mental Health (Care Coordination and Care and Treatment Planning)  (Wales) Regulations 2011
  • Part 3 The Mental Health (Assessment of Former Users of Secondary Mental Health Services) (Wales) Regulations 2011
  • Part 4 The Mental Health (Independent Mental Health Advocates) (Wales) Regulations 2011

 

The Divisional Draft response is now available. (16 May 2011).

Consultation on the Strategic Vision for Maternity Services in Wales

The Draft Strategy outlines the Welsh Assembly Governments vision for high quality maternity services for the future.  

The Divisional Draft response is now available  (26 April 2011).

 

Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Children and Young People:  Guideline Consultation - NICE

A clinical practice guideline on Autism spectrum disorders in children and young people is being developed for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

The Divisional Draft response is now available. (25 March 2011).

 

Draft Guidance for Engagement and Consultation on Changes to Health Services

If you wish to view the RCPsych in Wales response, please contact the Divisional office.

 

Draft Good Practice Framework for People with a Learning Disability requiring Planned Secondary Care

This consultation is now closed.  If you wish to view the RCPsych in Wales response, please contact the Divisional office.

 

Care Standards Act 2000:  The Adult Placement Scheme Regulatory and National Minimum Standards Framework

2010.

This consultation has now closed.  If you wish to view the RCPsych in Wales response, please contact the Divisional office.

 

Draft All Wales Obesity Pathway

This constulation has now closed.

 

Consultation on Proposed Mental Health (Wales) Measure

The Divisional Draft Response is now available. For a link to all other responses to the Measure click here.

 

National Dementia Action Plan for Wales

If you wish to view the Welsh Division's response, please contact the Divisional Office.

 

Rural Planning - improving service delivery across Wales

If you wish to view the Welsh Division's response, please contact the Divisional Office.

 

Consultation on Review of Secure Mental Health Services

If you wish to view the Welsh Division's response, please contact the Divisional Office.

 

Proposals for the future of Specialist and Tertiary Services

 

Proposals on the future of Comunity Health Councils in Wales

 

Unification of Public Health Services in Wales

 

NHS National Patient Safety Agency - Rapid Response Report - Resuscitation in Mental Health and Learning Disability Settings

 

Mental Health Act Commission - Treatment under emergency power for Supervised Community Treatment patients who are awaiting Second Opinions - interim guidance for clinicians, administrators & Mental Health Act Commissioners - January 2009

 

Technical Consultation on Eating Disorders:  Pathway for Wales.

The Welsh Division has formulated a response to the 'Technical Consultation Eating Disorders: Pathway for Wales '.

 

'Talk to Me' - A National Action Plan to Reduce Suicide and Self Harm in Wales

The Welsh Division has formulated a reponse to the 'Talk to Me' consultation.

 

Working for Equality in Wales:  Consultation document for a Single Equality Scheme, Welsh Assembly Government.

 

Welsh Division Response to William's Paper

The Welsh Division has generated a response following discussions held at the Division's Executive Committee Meeting on 20/06/08 and a Division meeting with Edwina Hart, Minister for Health and Social Services on 17/07/08.  We were asked by Mrs Hart to structure a response in this format i.e. a general response and appendix of our perception of the barriers to service within Mental Health.

 

Welsh Assembly Government Consultation:  Iechyd Meddwl Cymru - A Well Being and Mental Health Service Fit for Wales

This paper was requested by Edwina Hart MBE, AM, The Minister for Health and Social Services.  Its principal recommendation is that a Statutory Body responsible for Mental Health and well being is established. 

 

The closing date (02 September 2008) for responses has now passed, and the Welsh Assembly Government plans to make all responses publicly available - a link to this information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

 

 

Consultation paper II - Delivering the new NHS for Wales.  The consultation paper provides details for the next stage in the proposed reform of the NHS in Wales.

 

Statement by the Welsh Assembly Government - NHS Restructuring, Edwina Hart, Minister for Health and Social Services - 11 November 2008

An oral statement from the Minister on the NHS reforms

 

Statement by the Welsh Assembly Government regarding NHS Reorganisation in Wales by Edwina Hart, Minister for Health and Social Services on 30 September 2008.

The Ministers statement regarding the Consultation of Proposals to Change the Structure of the NHS in Wales.

 

Welsh Assembly Government Consultation:  Proposals to Change the Structure of the NHS in Wales

Following a 12 week consultation which closed on 25 June 2008, the emerging view is to create single local health organisations that would be responsible for delivering all healthcare services within a geographical area, rather than the Trust and Local Health Board system currently operating.

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