The APB exists to ensure that the substance misuse-related needs in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff are met.
In compliance with the Core Standards for Substance Misuse, the APB ensures the strategic direction and work programme for substance misuse is consistent with and informed by evidence of need and evidence of effectiveness. The APB works with partner agencies to ensure that all substance misuse services form part of an integrated care pathway and holistic provision of service, based upon the needs of the population of Cardiff and the Vale and informed by national guidance.
The Welsh Assembly Government’s strategy for substance misuse…
‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’ advocates strongly that CSP’s and other agencies involved in tackling and reducing the harms associated with substance misuse should do more to plan treatment services and to pool resources at a regional level, where appropriate.
Key roles of the APB:
Development of an outcome-based commissioning strategy across the APB area.
Production of a fully-costed implementation plan to support the commissioning strategy that makes both capital and revenue implications of the strategy explicit.
Ensuring there are appropriate budget, accounting and audit management systems in place to effectively administer the SMAF revenue and capital funds within each of the APB’s constituent organisation’s governance structure.
Ensuring the Core Standards for Substance Misuse and other relevant standards are embedded in all service planning and delivery systems with appropriate arrangements in place for performance management and review.
Ensuring all funded services form part of an integrated care pathway based upon the guidance documents ‘Integrated Care and Integrated Care Pathways for Adult Substance Misuse Services in Wales’ and ‘Integrated Care for Children and Young People aged up to 18 years of age who misuse substances’.
Ensuring arrangements are in place to receive, consider and act on performance management data, which follows a Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework.
Identifying opportunities where planning, commissioning and delivering services on a regional basis will be cost effective and provide a better platform for engagement with service providers or users.