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Welsh Government's 'invest to save' scheme to benefit older people with mental health needs

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A scheme aimed at helping meet older people's mental health needs is set to benefit from £500,000 funding under the Welsh Government's £17.8m 'Invest-to-save' fund to transform public services in Wales.

The funding will be used to set up a Cwm Taf University Health Board Psychiatric Liaison Service for older people with mental health needs.

The initiative was announced by Jane Hutt on a joint visit to the Mental Health Unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant with the Health Minister, Mark Drakeford today (April 15).

The ministers also heard about the health board's plans to set up a new Acute Assessment Service that will cover all unscheduled care activity between 9am and 6pm. The new services will ensure patients are assessed more rapidly when arriving at the hospital; shorten patient’s length of stay, reduce A&E waiting times and improve patient experience. The initiatives are forecasting savings of some £3m by 2018.

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Welsh Government: £17.8m funding to transform Welsh public services announced by Jane Hutt

http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/finance1/2014/140415i2s/?lang=en&utm_source...

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