Members of the public across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf are being asked their views on what future local NHS services should like over the next 10 years.

Cwm Taf University Health Board has launched a six-month public engagement exercise to ask local residents how they feel about local healthcare provision, and how current services could be improved.

The engagement process is part of the development of the health board’s 10-year vision which aims to address some of the significant challenges facing the NHS as a whole such as recruitment, finance and growing demand.

The Clinical Services Strategy, which will be led by senior clinicians, will look at:

  • what the pattern of health services will look like across primary, community and secondary care in the future;
  • what the workforce requirements will be;
  • what the next opportunities are for collaboration or integration with partners in social services and the voluntary sector;
  • how to ensure the future model of healthcare is sustainable and affordable

The strategy will be based on the foundation that healthcare services will be delivered as locally as possible and what services are best provided by a GP, the health park, both main hospitals (Prince Charles and Royal Glamorgan) or a specialist based on one site.

The engagement exercise with the public will also focus on explaining some of the major innovations that are already taking place across Cwm Taf to improve patient care, such as expanded neonatal and maternity services at Prince Charles Hospital; the Diagnostics Hub at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and the two health parks at Keir Hardie in Merthyr Tydfil and Dewi Sant Hospital in Pontypridd.

Allison Williams, chief executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board said the strategy will be underpinned by innovation, quality and access to services:

“Our Clinical Services Strategy is really about shaping the longer-term (10 year) vision for health services right across Cwm Taf. Over the next six months there will be lots of opportunities for the public to get involved in shaping health services in their area and we’ll be talking to patients, carers, our staff and our partner organisations about their ideas and recommendations.

“However we want people to know that we are not starting from scratch. Our current three year plan is underway and some major pieces of work are already coming to fruition for the benefit of our patients. We want the next 10 years to build on these innovations and ensure more of our services are delivered as locally as possible.”

We are encouraging our staff, patients and residents of Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil to help us develop the strategy so that it reflects the needs of our local population. You can do this by completing a short questionnaire by following the link below.