Policy Forum for Wales

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

December 2017

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

Delegates considered 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 also discussed 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.

Further sessions discussed the work of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, the National Dementia Action Plan, the challenges and opportunities surrounding the delivery of social services at a regional level; including establishing governance arrangements, improving financial and workforce resilience, palliative care and integrating local authorities.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates