context-map-highlight.pngThere is a complex set of boundaries across these different sectors, but ARCH will deliver benefits across all six local authority areas.

Welsh Government has established the Swansea Bay City Region and is supporting the City Deal. This new regional approach to economic regeneration aims to deliver;

  • Larger and more efficient labour markets;
  • Scope for better planning;
  • Better prospects for attracting investment, innovation and value added economic activity.

The Swansea Bay City Region brings together business, local government and a range of other partners, working to a common goal of creating economic prosperity for the people who live and work in our City Region.
ARCH interprets and applies the vision and aims of the City Region for the wider Health Economy including service delivery, education, and the Life Sciences and Health economic sectors.

All ARCH programmes, have taken care to ensure that their activities and projects support the delivery of the ARCH portfolio aims, and focus on enhancing delivery rather than duplicating those of existing partnership arrangements.

We recognise there are already effective partnerships across the region, of particular importance are the Western Bay and Mid & West Wales Health and Social Care Collaboratives and the Mid Wales Collaborative which the Service Transformation Programme are co-ordinating planning with.

Of particular importance in the context of the Wellbeing Programme, are the new partnership arrangements including Public Service Boards (PSBs). For a full list of partnerships (annex 18).

Effective regional collaboration in action:

The Welsh Government has made Prudent Healthcare (including embracing the approach of co-production) a key principle of the nation’s healthcare strategy.

ARCH takes this philosophy a step further, embracing service delivery, education, skills and talent development, research, innovation, translation and economic development within one integrated health & life science economy.

This innovation will allow new solutions to challenges have proved insurmountable using traditional approaches.

ARCH seeks to capture the opportunity to re-engineer disparate activities into one integrated innovative strategy to enable co-production in a much broader domain.

ABMU & Hywel Dda University Health Boards along with Swansea University are already significant actors, innovators, employers and influencers over the health, wellbeing and wealth of the region, which is manifested in a number of ways.

There are already examples of collaborative work delivering measurable benefits in terms of service delivery, education, research, innovation, and enterprise. These are now being built on within the ARCH portfolio.

Download a summary of the Portfolio Delivery Plan here

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