Welsh Government logoWCVA will be responding to Welsh Government’s consultation on A Digital Health Special Authority for Wales which has the potential to have a big impact on how health and social care is delivered digitally in Wales.

Welsh Government intend to launch a new body named Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW), transitioning from the NHS Wales Informatics Service, following recommendations of the Auditor General and the Public Accounts Committee. They are consulting on this proposal.

In brief, DHCW will:

  • reflect digital technology as a key enabler of change, as set out in A Healthier Wales
  • strengthen governance and accountability within health and social care digital systems
  • enhance the functions to support digital services in NHS Wales
  • standardize digital systems and open platforms across health and social care
  • develop a clear statutory responsibility for the collection, procession and dissemination of people’s health and care information
  • To do this, a new Digital Governance Framework will be developed. It will:
  • address the need to ensure all stakeholders are aware who has responsibility and authority to make decisions
  • ensure transparency at all levels
  • create new roles, including a Chief Digital Officer for Health and Care, and a Board of 12 members
  • create a Digital Delivery Leadership Group to provide support to Welsh Government
  • create a Digital Priorities Fund

Click here to read the WCVA briefing paper, including key considerations for third sector organisations

WCVA would like your feedback for their joint response by 23rd October 2020. Comments should be sent to David Cook, WCVA Policy Officer: [email protected]

You can also read the full consultation document on the Welsh Government website by clicking here, and feed back directly to them by 30th November 2020.