This document has been prepared for the internal use of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board as part of work performed in accordance with statutory functions, the Code of Audit and Inspection Practice and the ‘Statement of Responsibilities’ issued by the Auditor General for Wales.
We found that the UHB is not yet realising the intended benefits of the consultant contract, mainly as a result of ineffective job planning, though the new framework beingintroduced should result in the necessary improvements, if implemented successfully. We have come to this conclusion because:
- in the past, the approach to job planning was not sufficiently robust which has meant many issues have not been addressed;
- the UHB has taken action to strengthen its job planning arrangements; and
- barriers still exist which may prevent the UHB from realising the full potential of the consultant contract.