We acknowledge the breadth and ambition of ARCH and recognise that a portfolio of this scale requires excellence in governance. To that end, the ARCH Board requested the governance structure was externally reviewed in August / September 2016 to ensure that current governance processes were efficient and fit for purpose, and to recommend changes required as ARCH moves into a new phase (post approval of the PDP).

Tracking progress across the portfolio

To support all the projects we have established a standardised Portfolio Management Framework that
ensures there is standardised project documentation and clear project approval process.

This approval process includes clear and validated criteria describing what constitutes an ARCH project and how a project receives its mandate.

We have already started implementing some of the changes we need across the region. A critical part of our work between February and October 2016 has been to engage widely.

The ARCH partners have adopted an “engaged approach” throughout 2016. Our engagement builds on the work carried out through the strategic programmes Changing for the Better in ABMU and Your Health, Your Future in Hywel Dda health boards.

These extensive engagement programmes were launched in 2012 to listen and engage with our populations with regard to service change in response to the growing and changing need that the health economy across Wales is facing.


We are working across the three partner organisations to ensure:

  • Key stakeholders are clear on the direction and aims of the ARCH partnership
  • We engage early to produce higher-quality outcomes
  • Involve the right people at the right time
  • Use the right channels and tools to create constructive conversations and as the portfolio moves forward demonstrate impact to show stakeholder involvement has been influential in the evolution of the portfolio and its related programmes of work.

Download a summary of the Portfolio Delivery Plan here

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