Western Bay launches first Population Assessment 1st April 2017 saw the launch of the first Population Assessment for the Western Bay region, which brought together a range of health and social care providers, including the Local Authorities of Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea and the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board to gather information on the care and support needs of the area’s population. The Assessment is a requirement of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, which came into force in April 2016 and is transforming the way health and social care services are delivered in Wales. The Act calls for more person-centred, innovative working practices, and asks service providers to understand more about the lives of people in the area and enable them to make better, more informed decisions about how care and support services are delivered in future. The information is presented in three ways; a dynamic website featuring the key headlines, a series of PDF Chapter documents offering a summary of findings for each of the main chapters, and a suite of ‘Technical Reports’ which provide a more detailed outline of the evidence gathered as part of the exercise. Sara Harvey, Western Bay Programme Director, said: The launch of the Population Assessment is a landmark for the Western Bay Programme. We have worked collaboratively with partner organisations, community groups and individuals to gain a thorough insight into the care and support needs of our residents, and gathered valuable feedback on how things could be done better. This will be a vital information source which will grow and evolve over time, helping health and social care services to learn more about people and communities, and identify key priorities going forward. The Population Assessment website can be accessed by visiting www.westernbay.org.uk Anyone with any queries on the Population Assessment can contact the Western Bay Programme Office via email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01792 633805. In addition - the Western Bay Annual Report for 2016-17 is now available, and can be downloaded by clicking here.