A new national report about the care and support needed by people across Wales has been launched.
The National Population Assessment Report brings together the main findings of the first population assessment reports published by the regional partnership boards earlier this year.
Our report draws together the common issues and pressures identified by the assessments, and looks at some of the ways in which they are being tackled.
Based on what people have said, as well as what the research and data tells us, the report gives us significant insight into the lives of people who may need care and support to help them lead the best lives they can.
Although the report doesn’t give us the whole picture, for the first time it gives us a comprehensive overview of what care and support looks like in Wales.
The regional reports were jointly produced by the local authorities and local health boards with the support of communities, and the third and independent sectors. They must be carried out every local government electoral cycle under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, usually every four years.
They describe the care and support needs of people, their families and carers, and state what is available to meet people’s needs and what else needs to be done. They look at a wide range of people and communities, from children and young people through to older age.
Sue Evans, our Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased to be launching the first national population assessment report today. We hope it will help inform planners, policy makers and all those who play a hugely important role in meeting the care and support needs of the people of Wales.”
Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies, said: “For the very first time, we now have an extremely useful overview of the care and support needs across Wales.
“Based on what people have said, as well as what the research and data tells us, the report gives us significant insight into the lives of people who may need care and support to help them lead the best lives they can.
“The implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 is revolutionising the way care is delivered throughout Wales. Together with the more detailed regional population assessments, this national report will help the NHS, social services and other partners to shape policy and service delivery to provide people with the care and support they need, when they need it.”