This document has been prepared for the internal use of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board as part of work performed in accordance with statutory functions, the Code of Audit Practice and the Statement of Responsibilities issued by the Auditor General for Wales.
We found that at the Health Board the consultant contract has generally delivered against its objectives through the use of annual job planning which facilitates development of service improvements. In particular we found that:
- annual job plan reviews are established across all directorates although the effectiveness of job plan reviews is variable;
- working relationships between consultants and managers are generally good and the contract is contributing to changes in service delivery that are in line with the modernisation agenda; and
- consultants have benefited from improved pay and the Health Board has few problems with recruitment and retention although other factors, such as the European Working Time Directive, are causing problems.