Class 3: What our priorities are and how we are performing

Class Description: Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s corporate objectives are published on our website: https://abuhb.nhs.wales and give details of the Health Board’s targets, aims and objectives.  They are also a key feature in the Health Board's Integrated Medium Term Plan.  The Health Board monitors its progress against the corporate objectives and report on progress in our Annual Report and at Health Board meetings.
The NHS Finance (Wales) Act 2014 and associated NHS Wales Planning Framework signalled a new medium-term approach to planning, requiring Health Boards and NHS Trusts to set out how resources will be used over a three year period to:
  • address areas of population health need and improve health outcome
  • improve the quality of care, and
  • ensure best value from resources
Health Boards and NHS Trusts have developed their Integrated Medium Term Plans (IMTP), in line with the Framework.  Our Integrated Medium Term Plan is available on the Key Documents section of our website. 
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board publishes its Annual Report in July of each year and it is also published our website: https://abuhb.nhs.wales as soon as it becomes available.
The Health Board also publishes an Annual Governance Statement. The Statement is published each year in combination with the Health Board's Annual Financial Accounts and is designed to provide assurance regarding the stewardship of the Health Board.
Annual Quality Statements (AQS) were first published in 2012/13.  The statement is designed to provide an open and transparent report of quality and safety information, and improvement activity undertaken by the Health Board to improve the care and experience of patients.  The AQS is published in July of each year.
A performance framework has been established for the Health Board to support the delivery of national and local performance outcomes.  This uses performance improvement techniques and tools as well as reporting on the performance of the Health Board across the range of its public health, primary and secondary care. The Health Board publishes an Annual Performance Report, which is published as part of the Annual Report.
 
The Board receives regular performance reports detailing progress against the targets set by Welsh Government and also locally determined targets.  These are accessible in the Board papers.
Monthly Financial Performance Reports are presented at Board meetings.  These Reports outline the financial plan and challenges to continue to work towards achievement of the Health Board’s financial duties. 
 
Reports on Performance and Financial Performance are presented at Board meetings to provide an overview of progress with the achievement of targets.  These are routinely published as part of the Health Board papers on the Health Board's website. 
 
For further information, contact: 
Richard Bevan
Board Secretary
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Headquarters
St Cadoc's Hospital
Lodge Road
Caerleon
Newport
NP18 3XQ
Telephone: 01633 435959
The Health Board receives an Annual Audit Report from Wales Audit Office (WAO) each year, which covers the work undertaken by the WAO with the Health Board during the previous year.  This provides an overview of the key audits undertaken and a general opinion in respect of the Audit of the Health Board’s Accounts, the programme of performance audits and the comprehensive Structured Assessment. 
 
A key element of the WAO’s annual programme of work is the Structured Assessment.  This examines the arrangements the Health Board has in place to support good governance across key areas of the Health Board’s business and the efficient, effective and economic use of resources.
A summary of the Board’s corporate level assessment of its governance arrangements is included within the Annual Governance Statement.
 
The Health and Care Standards set out the Welsh Government’s common framework of standards to support the NHS and partner organisations in providing effective, timely and quality services across all health care settings. They set out what the people of Wales can expect when they access health services and what part they themselves can play in promoting their own health and wellbeing.  They set out the expectations for services and organisations, whether they provide or commission services for their local citizens. Progress against the Health and Care Standards is reported to the Quality and Patient Safety Committee.
Information Governance is a framework related to how organisations and individuals handle information; it applies to sensitive and personal information, of employees, patients and service users, and also to information related to the business of the organisation.  Information Governance sits alongside clinical and corporate governance and while the key focus is on ensuring that information is handled in a confidential and secure manner, in the health context it is also very much about supporting the provision of high quality care by ensuring the right information is available to the right people, when and where it’s needed.  Information Governance within NHS Wales is generally accepted to include (but is not limited to) the following standards and legal requirements; the General Data Protection Regulations, Data Protection Act, Caldicott Report, Common Law Duty of Confidentiality, Freedom of Information Act 2000, information Sharing Protocols, Data Quality and Records Management. 
 
The Health Board has established a Information Governance Committee which is responsible for providing assurance to the Board on compliance with information governance legislation, guidance and best practice.  Assurance Reports from the committee are submitted to the Board.
 
Caldicott is a key element of the Information Governance agenda in Wales, providing organisations working in Health and Social Care with a set of recommendations and principles to help ensure that person identifiable information (including that of patients, staff and service users) is adequately protected. Completion of the Caldicott (C-PIP) assessment provides Information Governance and Caldicott Leads with a comprehensive tool to highlight areas where improvements are required, and a benchmark for evaluating progress.  The UHB undertakes an on-line C-PIP self assessment annually to assess their compliance with the Caldicott Principles and produces a programme of work and continual improvement.  Progress is monitored by the Information Governance Sub Committee and assurance is provided to the Information Governance Committee.
The Health Board is monitored and scrutinised by a number of external bodies in regard to its performance in a variety of areas.  These areas may relate to specific service areas, professional conduct, adverse events or the overall management of the Health Board.  Audit reports generated from these reviews will be considered by the Board or one of the Board Committees (usually the Audit Committee or Quality and Patient Safety Committee). 
 
In the meantime, if you require any assistance, please contact: 
Richard Bevan
Board Secretary
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Headquarters
St Cadoc's Hospital
Lodge Road
Caerleon
Newport
NP18 3XQ
Telephone: 01633 435959
 
Bodies involved in monitoring and/or inspection of our services include: 
National Patient Safety Agency (www.npsa.nhs.uk)
The Health Board also works in partnership with a number of non-NHS organisations in the Gwent area, including Local Councils, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations and Torfaen Voluntary Alliance, community organisations, the independent sector and local people, to ensure the delivery of local services in accordance with national guidance from the Welsh Government and the needs of the people in the Gwent area.    
 
Some of the partnerships will involve information sharing, with agreed protocols and procedures between organisations about how this information is shared.  
For further information please contact: 
Dr Sarah Aitken, Director of Public Health and Strategic Partnerships
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Headquarters
St Cadoc's Hospital
Lodge Road
Caerleon
Newport
NP18 3XQ
Telephone: 01633 435759
 
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Local Councils, in partnership with other public bodies, work together to ensure the delivery of improvements in health and well-being, a reduction in health inequalities, and a provision of effective health and social care services offering high standards of care.  
Information about the current Health, Social Care and Well-Being Strategies, can be found on our website,
Key to the success of these Health, Social Care and Well-Being Strategies is to encourage further involvement of individuals and communities, to influence local decisions and to take more responsibility for their own health.  Through these Strategies, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and partners will tackle identified local priorities.