WQ85387 (e) Tabled on 06/06/2022

What steps is the Welsh Government taking to safeguard access to psychosocial professionals for cystic fibrosis patients in the case of future vacancies in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board?

Answered by Minister for Health and Social Services | Answered on 13/06/2022

The Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) is responsible for commissioning cystic fibrosis (CF) care in Wales, with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board providing a service for patients in mid and south Wales. Cystic fibrosis patients in north Wales access services in England.

At every clinic visit all patients have the opportunity to access psychosocial support either from the psychology team, social worker or youth worker.

Cystic Fibrosis services provided by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have worked hard to maintain access to psychology services over the last two years and have offered virtual services in addition to the assessments as part of patients’ annual review.

There have been some staff changes within the service and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is actively recruiting into the current vacancy and intends to appoint someone shortly.