Follow-up review of governance arrangements at Cwm Taf University Health Board published

Cwm Taf University Health Board has embraced opportunities for change and developed innovative, clinical improvements to patient services, according to an independent report by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.
The review was undertaken earlier this year to check on the progress made with the recommendations that were identified in a review that took place in 2012.
Inspectors found that the health board has improved and changed since the original review took place three years ago and has been successfully reconfiguring specialist areas of hospital services as part of the South Wales Programme.
The report also highlighted improvements made in mental health services and the development of a new paediatric assessment unit.
The review also identified some areas which require further improvement including strengthening engagement with primary care to improve services and ensure processes are in place so that feedback is provided to staff who submit incidents or who are involved in complaints.
The health board has produced an action plan to address the recommendations.
Corporate Director at Cwm Taf University Health Board Robert Williams said: “We are pleased that HIW have returned to find that we have made significant progress and embraced a number of opportunities to change and improves our services and that we have increased our engagement with staff and our communities. We recognise however there are some areas for improvement and we have already begun to address these including strengthening primary care with a new strategy about to published.”
The Board will formally receive the report and approve the ‘draft’ management response at its next meeting in September. 
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