Y Pwyllgor Iechyd a Gofal Cymdeithasol

Health and Social Care Committee










                 24 October 2011

Dear Colleague


The National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee is undertaking an inquiry into residential care for older people.  The terms of reference for the inquiry are as follows:

To examine the provision of residential care in Wales and the ways in which it can meet the current and future needs of older people, including:

-          the process by which older people enter residential care and the availability and accessibility of alternative community-based services, including reablement services and domiciliary care.

-          the capacity of the residential care sector to meet the demand for services from older people in terms of staffing resources, including the skills mix of staff and their access to training, and the number of places and facilities, and resource levels.

-          the quality of residential care services and the experiences of service users and their families; the effectiveness of services at meeting the diversity of need amongst older people; and the management of care home closures. 

-          the effectiveness of the regulation and inspection arrangements for residential care, including the scope for increased scrutiny of service providers’ financial viability.

-          new and emerging models of care provision.

-          the balance of public and independent sector provision, and alternative funding, management, and ownership models, such as those offered by the cooperative, mutual sector and third sector, and Registered Social Landlords.


Please note that the Committee has agreed to focus the inquiry on residential care, although nursing care will inevitably be touched upon during discussions. The Committee has also decided to focus its attention on the provision of services for older people for the purpose of this inquiry.


Invitation to contribute to the inquiry


The Committee welcomes evidence from both individuals and organisations.  If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please provide a brief description of the role of your organisation.


We will be holding oral evidence sessions in the spring term 2012 so it would be helpful if you could indicate in your submission whether you would be prepared to give oral evidence, if invited. 


Generally, we ask for submissions to be made in writing because it is normal practice for the National Assembly to publish evidence provided to a Committee on our internet site so that it becomes part of the public record.  However, we are also able to accept evidence in audio or video format.  Submissions can be provided in either English or Welsh, although we ask organisations with Welsh Language policies to provide bilingual responses, where applicable, in line with their policies. 


If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to HSCCommittee@wales.gov.uk.


Alternatively, you can write to: Committee Clerk, Health and Social Care Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.


Submissions should arrive by Friday 16 December 2011. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.


For your information, the Committee has invited submissions from those on the attached distribution list. We would be grateful if you could forward a copy of the letter to any individuals or organisations that are not included on this list, but might like to contribute to the inquiry. A copy of this letter has been placed on the National Assembly’s website with an open invitation to submit views.


Disclosure of Information


It is normal practice for the National Assembly to publish evidence provided to a Committee.  Consequently your response may appear in a report or in supplementary evidence to a report.  The National Assembly will not publish information which it considers to be personal data.


In the event of a request for information submitted under UK legislation, it may be necessary to disclose the information that you provide.  This may include information which has previously been removed by the National Assembly for publication purposes.


If you are providing any information, other than personal data, which you feel is not suitable for public disclosure, it is up to you to stipulate which parts should not be published and to provide a reasoned argument to support this.  The National Assembly will take this into account when publishing information or responding to requests for information.


Yours faithfully



Mark Drakeford AC / AM

Cadeirydd / Chair



Distribution list


Health Boards

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Cwm Taf Health Board

Hywel Dda Health Board

Powys Teaching Health Board


Health Trusts

Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Velindre NHS Trust

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust


Community Health Councils

Board of Community Health Councils in Wales

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg CHC

Aneurin Bevan CHC

Betsi Cadwaladr CHC

Brecknock and Radnor CHC

Cardiff & The Vale CHC

Cwm Taff CHC

Hywel Dda CHC

Montgomery CHC


Local Government

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Bridgend County Borough Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Cardiff County Council

Carmarthenshire County Borough Council

Ceredigion County Council

City and County of Swansea

Conwy County Borough Council

Denbighshire County Borough Council

Flintshire County Borough Council

Karen Chambers:  Health and Wellbeing Officer

Gwynedd Council

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Monmouthshire County Borough Council

Neath Port Talbot County Council

Newport City Council

Pembrokeshire County Council

Powys County Council

Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

Torfaen County Borough Council

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Wrexham County Borough Council

Welsh Local Government Association


Official Agencies

Care Council for Wales

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Health and Safety Executive

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

Health Protection Agency

Health Solutions Wales

Institute of Rural Health

NHS Wales Informatics Service

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Social Services Improvement Agency

Wales Audit Office

Welsh Language Board


Professional Bodies

Association of Directors of Social Services

British Association of Social Workers Cymru

British Medical Association

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

College of Occupational Therapists

Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Physicians

The Welsh NHS Confederation


Voluntary Sector


Action on Hearing Loss Cymru

Age Cymru

Age Cymru – My Home Life Project

Age Alliance Wales

All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers

Alzheimers’ Society

Anheddau Cyf

Carers Wales

Care and Repair Cymru

Centre for Independent Living

Citizens Advice Cymru

Crossroads Caring for Carers

Cymorth Cymru

Dementia UK

Dignified Revolution

Disability Wales


Macmillan Cancer Support

National OAP Association of Wales

National Pensioners’ Convention

Older People’s Advocacy Alliance

Parkinson’s UK Cymru

Pensioners Forum Wales

Royal British Legion

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Stonewall Cymru

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The Disability Can Do Organisation

Wales Carers Alliance

Wales Senate of Older People

Wales Carers Workers Network

Welsh Reablement Alliance



Housing providers, Independent sector and representative bodies

Association of Retirement Housing Managers

Care Forum Wales

Centre for Housing and Support

Domiciliary Care Association Wales

EroSH (Essential Role of Sheltered Housing)

National Care Association

North Wales Care Association

Registered Nursing Home Association

Social Care Association

UK Home Care Association

Melin Homes

Abbeyfield Homes

Linc Cymru

Valleys to Coast Housing

Seren Group

Pennaf Housing Group

Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

Hafod Care Association

Community Housing Cymru

Family Housing Association (Wales)



Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC)

Bangor University School of Social Sciences

Swansea University Centre for Innovative Ageing

Centre for Social Carework Research

Institute of Medical and Social Care Research - Dementia Services Development Centre Wales

Cardiff University

Health Communication Research Centre

Older People & Ageing Research and Development Network (OPAN Cymru)


Regional Social Care Partnerships

South East Wales

South West Wales

North Wales

Mid Wales


Trade Unions



Wales TUC



Wales Cooperative Centre

National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR)

Welsh Government’s Statutory Health Advisory Committees

Older People Strategy Co-ordinators

National Service Framework for Older People Co-ordinators

Health, Social Care and Well-being Strategy Co-ordinators

Barrie W Cooper (Trustee, Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan)

Dr Angie Ash

David and Hilda Smith