Councillors visit new integrated health and care team
Members of Gwynedd Council’s Bangor Ogwen Forum recently had an opportunity to visit the area’s community resource team which brings together specialist health staff from the Betsi University Health Board with Council social care officers.
During the visit with the team who are located at Intec in Parc Menai near Bangor, the local councillors had the opportunity to discuss with the team and hear about the work that’s being carried out in the area.
The chance to visit with the staff provided an opportunity to hear about how the joint working offers a new and integrated way of working which benefits the public and staff. The integrated approach in the Bangor and Dyffryn Ogwen area follows a similar arrangement that was first introduced in the Eifionydd area of the county and is an important part of the efforts to modernise local health and care services across the county.
Councillor Elin Walker Jones, Chair of Gwynedd Council’s Bangor Ogwen Forum said: “It was wonderful to meet the Bangor Adults team and to hear about the excellent work which is being carried out together by the different agencies. We are confident that joint working offers opportunities to improve services for our customers.”
Angharad Jones from Gwynedd Council who is a member of the integrated team noted: “Being located together with the health service in Bangor has been a very positive development. We are able to work together more effectively in promoting early intervention work and it also allows for sharing relevant information. This has certainly led to a better understanding of the needs of different areas and local communities within Bangor. "
Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health stated: “I’m very pleased that members of the Bangor Ogwen Forum have had an opportunity to see for themselves the fantastic work that going on in this vital field.
“The aim as we develop the more integrated social care and health services is to ensure that Gwynedd people are central to the services they receive. By doing this, we can make sure that the services delivered meet the specific needs and expectations of the resident and concentrate on what’s important to them.”
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Assistant Area Director Community Services West, Eleri Roberts, said: “Under our plans to provide more care closer to home a number of Community Resource Teams (CRTs) are being established to ensure local access to services, support and advice. There will be five CRTs in Gwynedd, Intec being one of the five.
“These teams will provide integrated care (health, social care and third sector services alongside other partners) to people closer to their home and community.
“The CRT will deliver a more coordinated and person centred service to individuals and will facilitate improved communication, care coordination, and integrated assessments.”
The integrated approach to delivering health and care services locally is to modernise the provision so that what is important to the individual members of the public is central to the service provided. As part of the scheme Council and Health Board staff can share information more easily, which means that they can delivers services more quickly to members of the public.
PHOTOGRAPH: Members of the Gwynedd Council Bangor Ogwen Forum during the recent visit to the new integrated team in the area