Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced nearly £15 million funding to transform the way health and social care is delivered in Swansea Bay area.

The money is the latest tranche to be announced from the Welsh government’s £100 million Transformation Fund.

Mr Gething said that it will be used for pilot projects that will bring health and social care services closer together and provide care closer to people’s homes. If successful, these new ways of working could then be rolled out across the whole of Wales.

The fund has been created to support the Welsh government’s long-term plan for health and social care, A Healthier Wales.

The money will be split between two projects, which are being led by the West Glamorgan Regional Partnership.

The Western Glamorgan Our Neighbourhood Approach initiative gets £5.9 million to develop ways of bringing care services together so that patients experience a seamless service, while also empowering people and communities to manage their own health and wellbeing. The project will cover the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot local authority areas.

£8.8 million is for the ‘Whole System Approach model to be tested in seven different areas, building on the work already under way in Cwmtawe. The projects will bring communities, individuals, and different organisations closer together to deliver care closer to home.

The projects will start out in Cwmtawe and Neath and then further developed in Llwchwr and Upper Valleys before being rolled out to the Afan, Swansea Bay, Swansea City and Penderi areas.