Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for social services in Wales - integration, regional working and the National Dementia Strategy

Morning, Tuesday, 12th December 2017

Jurys Inn Cardiff, 1 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3DN


This seminar will examine the priorities for social services in Wales. It comes as the Welsh Government prepares to introduce a Local Government Bill next year to improve the integration between local authorities and deliver social services at a regional level, following its consultation on the local government White Paper.

It will be an opportunity to consider the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, including the effectiveness of regional partnership boards and the challenges involved with the introduction of pooled budgets for health and social care.

Delegates will also discuss the initial impact of the first stage of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care Act - which reformed workforce regulation and registration arrangements and established Social Care Wales. There will also be consideration of the implications of the second and third stages of the Act ahead of their implementation in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Further sessions will discuss key measures from the National Dementia Strategy, the effectiveness of the £60m Integrated Care Fund and the challenges and opportunities surrounding the delivery of social services at a regional level; including establishing governance arrangements, improving financial and workforce resilience, and integrating local authorities.

Guest of Honour

Sarah Rochira

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Guest of Honour

Sarah Rochira

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Keynote Speakers

Gerry Evans

Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Regulation and Intelligence, Social Care Wales

Sue Phelps

Director, Alzheimer’s Society in Wales

Eve Piffaretti

Partner, Blake Morgan


Councillor Bobby Feeley

Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, Denbighshire County Council

Dr Dai Lloyd AM

Chair, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee


Mary Wimbury

Senior Policy Adviser, Care Forum Wales

Carol Davies

Professional Officer, BASW Cymru

Professor Andrew Davies

Chairman, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Vice Chair, Western Bay Regional Partnership Board

Sally Jenkins

Head of Children and Families Services, Newport City Council and Chair, All Wales Heads of Children’s Services

Councillor Jane Tremlett

Executive Board Member for Social Care and Health, Carmarthenshire County Council and Member, West Wales Regional Partnership Board

Victoria Lloyd

Deputy Chief Executive, Age Cymru

Claire Morgan

Director, Carers Wales

Monica Reardon

Project Manager, Marie Curie

Nigel Hullah

Campaigner, Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project