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 Healthcare Collaborative. Staff are currently based in HDdUHB premises (Ael-y-Bryn, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 2EU) and are directly employed by HDdUHB.
RHCW (previously CfERH) Management Board
The CfERH management board was established in May 2016, with the purpose of ensuring an appropriate work programme for the CfERH 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 CfERH Management Board can be viewed here.
The CfERH management board is currently chaired by the co-chairs of the MWHC and has met twice to date, on the 9th May 2016 and the 17th February 2017. Membership of the Management Board comprises representatives from the member organisations of the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative Board and University partners.
RHCW (previously CfERH) Sub-committee
A CfERH “sub-committee” was set up by the MWHC to develop, agree and monitor the delivery plan for establishing the CfERH. The Sub-committee has met on 05/01/16, 11/02/16, 07/03/16, 09/05/16, 11/10/16 and 17/02/17.
The Terms of Reference for the CfERH Sub-committee can be viewed here.