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Rural Health Plan – Improving Integrated Service Delivery Across Wales

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The Rural Health Plan has been developed to ensure that the future health needs of rural communities are met in ways which reflect the particular conditions and characteristics of rural Wales.

Three key themes have emerged which are also common to other strategic developments in rural areas:

Access to services
Improving access to services across the spectrum from emergency to routine services.

The need and opportunities for closer service integration
Integrated service models, workforce planning and systems are necessary to improve service provision and ensure effective use of resources and skills within communities.

Community cohesion and engagement
This is an important resource and is of immense potential to rural and urban settings. Community cohesion, engagement and ownership needs to be a key element of service planning.