Wales Neurosciences Review

In September 2008, the Steers Neuroscience Review’s recommendations were published in three reports – North Wales, South & Mid Wales and All Wales. The Alliance submitted information to the Review process itself in 2007.

The Alliance was represented on the North Wales Neuroscience Implementation Board (NWNIB) from the outset, and also on several working groups. The Mid & South Wales Neuroscience Implementation Board (M&SWIB) first met in April 2009.

The Chair of the Board, Dr Alan Axford, spoke at the WNA’s 2009 AGM, hosted by Andrew RT Davies AM, and gave a firm commitment to including the Alliance in the work of the Board and its various workstreams. Dr Axford was as good as his word and several members of the Executive Committee participated in the M&SWIB review process during the spring and
summer months.

Both Boards published their reports in September 2009. The Alliance was pleased to see that the recommendations provide an opportunity for better outcomes for patients, better quality of care with significant service improvement and better training and research opportunities for the future. The reports stress the importance of access to multi-disciplinary teams with improved local access for patients which are supported by excellent specialist centres. If the recommendations are delivered, they will provide high quality, more equitable and sustainable services for people who require intervention and care from neuroscience services.

The reports have been given to the Health Boards to deliver. This means that work on further recommendations, with more detail of neuroscience services, for example costings and workforce planning, is on-going. This work is being led by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales and Cardiff and Vale University and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Boards in Mid and South Wales. The Alliance continues to be a part of the Implementation programme in both regions contributing to the roll out of the programme.