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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - Care for People with a Learning Disability
The appalling abuse suffered by vulnerable adults at the Castlebeck owned Winterbourne View Care Home, near Bristol cannot be tolerated. Assembly Members have, understandably, sought assurances about the care provided to people who have been placed in the care of Castlebeck or any of its sister organisations.
An Assembly Member asked for advice as to whether any Local Health Board has used a Castlebeck facility or any sister organisations for the care of patients in Wales and, if so, which companies have been used and what inspections have been carried out in relation to these homes. I agreed to provide a Written Statement when this information was available.
Castlebeck does not operate in Wales. Castlebeck, however, has two sister organisations who do operate in Wales - Mental Health Care UK, a company providing specialist mental health and learning disability services, and Barchester Homes, a provider of residential care homes.
Local Health Boards have placed 43 patients in the following facilities in Wales operated by Mental Health Care UK:
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board St David’s independent hospital, Corwen
Plas Coch independent hospital, St Asaph
New Hall independent hospital, Ruabon
Highfield Park Care Home , Llandyrnog
Powys Teaching Health Board Holland House Care Home, Denbigh
The regulation and Inspection of the independent hospitals is undertaken by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). HIW has undertaken routine inspections of the three independent hospitals in North Wales within the last six months. HIW found areas of non-compliance with a number of regulations and also areas for improvement in relation to standards of care. HIW has received action plans from the three organisations and is closely following up on all matters identified. A programme of visits for 2011/12 by HIW to all independent learning disability establishments across Wales has also been commenced.
The regulation of the care home facilities at Highfield Park and Holland House is undertaken by Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW). CSSIW has recently undertaken an in-depth programme of unannounced inspections of all the Mental Health Care UK care home facilities in North Wales. CSSIW, generally, was content with the outcome of the inspections but has also highlighted areas where improvement was required.
Local Health Boards have placed 141 patients in the following facilities in Wales operated by Barchester Homes:
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Bradshaw Manor Care Home , Rhyl
Bod Hyfryd , Care Home, Flint
Rhiwlas Care Home Flint
Powys Teaching Health Board Awel y Mor Care Home , Swansea
Rhallt Care Home , Welshpool
Aneurin Bevan Health Board Awel y Mor Care Home , Swansea
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Hafan y Coed Care Home , Llanelli
Hywell Dda Health Board Maes Teilo Care Home, Llandeilo
Pant yr Odin Care Home, Ammanford
Cartref Croeso Care Home, Carmarthen
Dan y Graig Care Home, Kidwelly
Glangarnant Care Home, Ammanford
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Maes Teilo Care Home. Llandeilo
Awel y Mor Care Home , Swansea
11 Local Authorities have placed 53 patients in facilities operated by Barchester Homes.
The regulation and inspection of the facilities operated by Barchester Homes is undertaken CSSIW. All of the care homes have been subject to inspection by CSSIW and, at the present time, only one home has outstanding inspection requirements.
HIW and CSSIW will keep us informed of any issues arising from the outcome of their inspection programmes.
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep Assembly Members informed.
Should Assembly Members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns, I would be happy to do so.