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Sustainability In The New Look Welsh NHS

14 December 2009

‘We will ensure that sustainable development will be made a core objective for the restructured NHS in all it does.’ [One Wales: One Planet - Welsh Assembly Government, 2009 Sustainable Development Scheme]

The SDC is working with the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) to produce guidance for the new health boards in Wales which were created on October 1st 2009. This will help to ensure that sustainable development principles are at the heart of their governance, in line with the WAG announcement that sustainable development will be the ‘central organising principle’ for all public bodies in Wales.

The NHS restructuring has abolished the internal market within the health service in Wales and transferred the planning, design, development and delivery of health improvement and all healthcare services for their areas to the new Health Boards. The Welsh Ambulance Trust and the Velindre NHS Trust continue to provide all-Wales services and Powys LHB remains largely unchanged.

A new ‘Public Health Wales’ Trust has also been created, bringing together a number of services related to public health into a single organisation. The standards of good governance set for new Health Boards are based on the Assembly Government’s ‘Citizen Centred Governance’ principles and will incorporate sustainable development principles.

With input from the Wales Audit Office, the SDC in Wales is working the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Health and Social Services on developing guidance on sustainable development as part of the corporate governance requirements for Chairs, Board members and Directors of the new bodies. The SDC is also supporting the development of the programme for the new NHS Board members to bring sustainable development principles and thinking into the mainstream of top level NHS management.

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