A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was distributed in early September 2016 that confirmed agreement of the collaboration between all partner organisations and commitment to the establishment of RHCW (at the time named the Centre for Excellence in Rural Health and Social Care). The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Chief Executives and Vice-Chancellors of the partner organisations involved with the CfERH. The signatories for the Memorandum of Understanding are as follows:
- Steve Moore, Chief Executive, on behalf of Hywel Dda University Health Board
- Carol Shillabeer, Chief Executive, on behalf of Powys Teaching Health Board
- Gary Doherty, Chief Executive, on behalf of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
- Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive, on behalf of the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive, on behalf of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
- Professor John Grattan, Acting Vice-Chancellor on behalf of Aberystwyth University
- Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of University of Wales Trinity St David
- Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of Cardiff University
- Professor David Shepherd Deputy Vice-Chancellor on behalf of Professor John Hughes, Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of Bangor University
- Bronwen Morgan, Chief Executive, on behalf of Ceredigion County Council
- Jeremy Patterson, Chief Executive, on behalf of Powys County Council
- Dilwyn Williams, Chief Executive, on behalf of Gwynedd Council
At present, RHCW is hosted by Hywel Dda University Health Board on behalf of the Mid Wales Joint Committee for Health and Social Care. Staff are currently based in HDdUHB premises (Ael-y-Bryn, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 2EU) and are directly employed by HDdUHB.
RHCW Management Group
The management group was established in June 2017, with the purpose of ensuring an appropriate work programme for the RHCW was agreed and delivered. Its remit was to:
- Co-ordinate engagement and consultation with relevant stakeholders
- Oversee the scoping of and initiation of training, education and research
- Influence new service models and the delivery of existing service models
- Initiate, drive and facilitate pertinent research and evaluation studies to inform and establish innovation in rural health and social care.
The Terms of Reference for the RHCW Management Group can be viewed here.
The management group is currently chaired by Jack Evershed and meets every six months. Membership of the Management Group comprises representatives from the member organisations of the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative Board and University partners.
RHCW Steering Group
A RHCW steering group was set up by the MWHC to develop, agree and monitor the delivery plan for establishing the RHCW. The Steering Group meets twice a year, three months prior to RHCW Management Group meetings.
The Terms of Reference for the RHCW steering group can be viewed here.