Audit Wales

Appeal for patients' views on orthopaedics

The Wales Audit Office is urging the public to share their experiences of orthopaedic services as part of a new study.

Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that deals with the prevention and correction of injuries and disorders of the bones, joints and associated muscles and ligaments.
 
The study will look at the effectiveness of these services across Wales and will make recommendations to the NHS in Wales.

To inform the study, the Wales Audit Office is asking patients to complete a short online survey.

Project manager Anne Beegan said: "You may have been treated by orthopaedic services if you had a sports injury, back pain, treatment for broken bones, replacement of joints etc. Hearing about people's experiences of services is really important because it gives us a rich source of evidence about what services are really like. The survey is really easy to complete and people won't be asked to give their name."

If you have had orthopaedic treatment in the past two years, please click on the link below to complete our short survey - it will only take 5 to 10 minutes.

Take part in the survey [Opens in new window] *please note the survey has now closed

For further information contact Stephen Lisle on stephen.lisle@wao.gov.uk or 07815 955470.

Bwrdd newydd Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru yn barod am waith

Mae Bwrdd newydd yn barod i gymryd yr awenau yn Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru heddiw.

Fe fydd Isobel Garner, sydd newydd ei hapwyntio fel Cadeirydd, yn llywio'r sefydliad gyda'r Pwyllgor Llywodraethu er mwyn cefnogi Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru wrth iddo gyflwyno'i raglen waith.

Yn ymuno ag Isobel yng nghyfarfod llawn cyntaf y Bwrdd heddiw fydd pedwar aelod anweithredol - Peter Price, Christine Hayes, Steve Burnett a David Corner - yn ogystal ag Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru.

Fe fydd y Bwrdd yn ymddwyn fel Pwyllgor Llywodraethu'r sefydliad ac, o 1 Ebrill 2014, o dan Ddeddf Archwilio Cyhoeddus (Cymru) 2013, fe fydd y Bwrdd yn gyfrifol am gyflogi gweithwyr, gwasanaethau caffael, a darparu ffynonellau i alluogi'r Archwilydd Cyffredinol i wneud ei waith.

Heddiw, dywed Cadeirydd Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru, Isobel Garner:
"Mae'r Cynulliad Cenedlaethol wedi apwyntio aelodau gyda chryn brofiad ac amrywiaeth eang o arbenigedd ac rydyn ni i gyd yn edrych ymlaen at weithio gyda'r Archwilydd Cyffredinol yn y modd hwn, ac yn ddiolchgar i'r Bwrdd Cysgodi, fu'n treialu'r trefniadau newydd. O ystyried ansawdd fy nghydweithwyr, rydw i'n hyderus y bydd Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru yn cael hyd yn oed mwy o effaith positif wrth helpu Cymru i wario'n ddoeth yn ystod yr amseroedd anodd yma."

Heddiw, dywed Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru, Huw Vaughan Thomas:
"Rydw i'n falch iawn o gael croesawu'r Cadeirydd ac aelodau'r bwrdd ac rwy'n edrych ymlaen at gydweithio gyda nhw wrth i ni adeiladu ar y sylfaen sydd wedi'i osod gan y Bwrdd Cysgodi blaenorol a thri phwyllgor llywodraethu. Mae'r Bwrdd newydd hwn yn cryfhau ein trefniadau mewnol yn bellach, i gyflwyno rhaglen waith uchelgeisiol - gan hybu gwelliannau i wasanaethau cyhoeddus - mewn amgylchedd anodd dros ben."

New Wales Audit Office board gets down to business

A new Board is to take up the reins at the Wales Audit Office today.

Newly appointed Chair, Isobel Garner, will steer the organisation as its Governance Committee and support delivery of the Auditor General for Wales' programme of work.

Joining Isobel at the Board's first full meeting today will be four non-executive members - Peter Price, Christine Hayes, Steve Burnett and David Corner - and the Auditor General for Wales.

The Board will act as the organisation's Governance Committee and, from 1 April 2014, under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2013, the Board will also be responsible for employing staff, procuring services, and providing resources to enable the Auditor General to do his work.

Wales Audit Office Board Chair, Isobel Garner, said today:
"The National Assembly has appointed members of considerable experience with a wide range of expertise and we are all excited to be working with the Auditor General in this way, as well as grateful to the Shadow Board, which trialled the new arrangements. Given the calibre of my colleagues, I am confident that the Wales Audit Office will make an even more helpful impact in helping Wales spend wisely in these difficult times."

Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas, said today:
"I am delighted to welcome the Chair and board members to their roles and look forward to working with them as we build on the foundations laid by the previous Shadow Board and three governance committees.This new Board strengthens our internal arrangements further, to deliver an ambitious programme of work - promoting public service improvement - in what is a very challenging environment."

Wales Audit Office focuses on helping public services to improve

The Auditor General for Wales' annual report and accounts for 2012-13, published today, sets out the substantial programme of financial and performance audit work the Wales Audit Office has delivered.

Helping services to improve their financial management and governance standards, key public concerns, is central to our audits and the report highlights public service providers in Wales who have responded encouragingly to our audit recommendations in the last year.

To view our special Annual Report section and a copy of the report follow the link below

Wales Audit Office- Annual Report and Accounts 2012- 2013

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Wales Audit Office focuses on helping public services to improve

The Auditor General for Wales’ annual report and accounts for 2012 - 13, published today, sets out the substantial programme of financial and performance audit work the Wales Audit Office has delivered.

Helping services to improve their financial man a g e ment and governance standards, key public concerns, is central to our audits and t he report highlights public service providers in Wales who have responded encouragingly to our audit recommendations in the last year .

Among the year’s achievements wer e reports on the accounts of over 800 public bodies in Wales; 14 national reports look ing at value for money in key areas of public spending; 28 annual improvement reports on local government bodies and str u ctured assessments of all health boards and NHS trusts ; and publishing our Strategy for the period 2013 - 2016 in April, after asking our stakeholders, the public and our staff for their views.

The Public Audit (Wales) Act 2013 will lead to changes in our structure aimed at strengthening governance and accountability , which we welcome, including the establishment of the Wales Audit Office as a corporat e body led by a statutory board.

We emphasise the importance of sound financial manageme nt and governance in our day - to - day running as much as in our audits , and i n co mmon with other public bodies, t he Wales Audit Office continues to look fo r efficiencies : i n 2012 - 13, our staff sickness absence rates fell by 30 per cent , to a level which is lower than the public sector benchmark.

Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas, said today:

In 2012- 13, we have continued to work closely with W elsh public bodies and the Public Accounts Committee; maintaining a strong focus on helping public bodies deal with unprecedented financial pressures. Key themes of the year and of our strategy for developing public audit include encouraging stronger gover nance, better financial management and well - managed innovation, promotion of good practice, and supporting public bodies to spend wisely. Providing relevant and timely audit information at the point of policy and decision - making is especially important in an era of intensive collaboration, transformative change and potential public service reorganisation"

Of course, we have not been immune from the significant financial pressures that currently face the whole public sector, and we have worked hard to impr ove our own efficiency, economy and effectiveness . I am grateful to all who respond so positively to our audit findings and recommendations and have helped maximise our impact in sustaining and improving Welsh public services.

Notes to Editors:

  • Ou r financial audit work is the foundation of our audit programme and has this year included two public interest reviews which needed to be conducted swiftly and sensitively: an audit of the 2010 - 11 accounts of Caldicot and Wentlooge Levels Internal Drainage Board; and the processes used by Caerphilly County Borough Cou ncil to set chief officers’ pay
  • This is Huw Vaughan Thomas’ third annual report as Auditor General for Wales and marks the end of his second full year in charge.
  • The National Assembly for Wale s appointed RSM Tenon Audit Limited as the external audior of the accounts of the Auditor General for a three - y ear period commencing 2011 - 12
  • The Auditor General and the auditors he appoints in local government are the independent statutory external audit ors of most of the Welsh public sector. They are responsible for the annual audit of the majority of public money spent in Wales, including the £15 billion of funds that are voted on annually by the National Assembly. Elements of this funding are passed by the Welsh Government to the NHS in Wales (over £5 billion) and to local government (over £4 billion).

For more information please contact Michael Jones o n 029 20 32 0 581 or email Michael.Jones@wao.gov.uk

Three year strategy builds on stakeholder feedback

Auditor General for Wales publishes 2013-16 strategy.

The Auditor General for Wales has today published his 'Strategy for the Auditor General for Wales and the Wales Audit Office 2013-16'.

Mr Huw Vaughan Thomas explained: 

"My vision, as Auditor General for Wales, is for the people of Wales to be clear about how public money is being spent on their behalf.  I want the Wales Audit Office to be recognised as a well-governed and effective organisation that offers  helpful insights and encouragement to public bodies on how they can improve services.

"Our strategy builds on the feedback we received from a wide range of stakeholders, on what would enable the Wales Audit Office to play its full part in supporting well-managed and accountable public services that deliver the best possible value for money for the people of Wales.

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Auditor General for Wales publishes 2013-16 strategy

The Auditor General for Wales has today published his 'Strategy for the Auditor General for Wales and the Wales Audit Office 2013-16'.

Mr Huw Vaughan Thomas explained: 

"My vision, as Auditor General for Wales, is for the people of Wales to be clear about how public money is being spent on their behalf.  I want the Wales Audit Office to be recognised as a well-governed and effective organisation that offers  helpful insights and encouragement to public bodies on how they can improve services.

"Our strategy builds on the feedback we received from a wide range of stakeholders, on what would enable the Wales Audit Office to play its full part in supporting well-managed and accountable public services that deliver the best possible value for money for the people of Wales."

After completing an analysis of the environment in which Welsh public services are operating, the Auditor General consulted on seven main strategic aims which would define the Wales Audit Office's approach to public audit until 2016:

  • Undertake audit work with an austerity emphasis
  • Enhance work on benchmarking and performance comparison, sharing of audit knowledge and exchange of good practice
  • Provide further assurance on the effectiveness of governance arrangements and other issues of public interest
  • Report more comprehensively on sustainable development, including on equality and use of the Welsh language
  • Work more closely with other external review bodies and improving the running of the business through a period of transition
  • Increase awareness of and engagement with the work of the Wales Audit Office, including through more effective use of information technology.

The Auditor General for Wales continued: 

"We have modified some elements of the Strategy in light of the very helpful comments we received.  These changes brought into sharper focus some key issues such as the role of partnerships in delivery.

"We have also developed a suite of success measures against which we, and others, can evaluate our progress in achieving the Strategy. We will be commissioning external support to evaluate this progress and the impact that we make for citizens."

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

  • The Auditor General and the auditors he appoints in local government are the independent statutory external auditors of most of the Welsh public sector. They are responsible for the annual audit of the majority of public money spent in Wales, including the £14 billion of funds that are voted to Wales annually by the Westminster Parliament. Elements of this funding are passed by the Welsh Government to the NHS in Wales (over £5 billion) and to local government (nearly £4 billion).
  • The Wales Audit Office mission is to promote improvement, so that people in Wales benefit from accountable, well-managed public services that offer the best possible value for money. It is also committed to identify and spreading good practice across the Welsh public sector.
  • The Wales Audit Office mission is to promote improvement, so that people in Wales benefit from accountable, well-managed public services that offer the best possible value for money. It is also committed to identify and spreading good practice across the Welsh public sector.

Wales Audit Office reviews progress on its approach to equality

First annual report highlights positive steps towards a more fair environment for staff and stakeholders

The Auditor General for Wales' report detailing the Wales Audit Office's progress towards compliance with the Equality Act, published today, sets out the steps taken to meet the statutory equality duties and embed equality principles into the way the WAO works.

Among the year's notable achievements were the launch of the Equality Compliance project to assist the Auditor General in the delivery of his obligations under the general duty, and the establishment of an Equality Steering Group to oversee the overall direction of the Equality Compliance Project. In addition the WAO have positively engaged with staff and trade union partners to raise awareness of the Equality Act, receiving a positive response both from staff and externally with the internal communication campaign designed to help increase  awareness of the requirements for staff being shortlisted as a finalist in the Chartered institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Cymru Awards in November 2012.

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First annual report highlights positive steps towards a more fair environment for staff and stakeholders.

The Auditor General for Wales' report detailing the Wales Audit Office's progress towards compliance with the Equality Act, published today, sets out the steps taken to meet the statutory equality duties and embed equality principles into the way the WAO works.

Among the year's notable achievements were the launch of the Equality Compliance project to assist the Auditor General in the delivery of his obligations under the general duty, and the establishment of an Equality Steering Group to oversee the overall direction of the Equality Compliance Project. In addition the WAO have positively engaged with staff and trade union partners to raise awareness of the Equality Act, receiving a positive response both from staff and externally with the internal communication campaign designed to help increase  awareness of the requirements for staff being shortlisted as a finalist in the Chartered institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Cymru Awards in November 2012.

The Wales Audit Office is just one of a number of Welsh public bodies who are building equality considerations into the design of their policies and practices as a result of the a new Public Sector Equality Duty which came into force on the 5th April 2011.

The duty was introduced to ensure that public authorities and those who carry out a public function consider how they can positively contribute to a fairer society. It is intended that this will be achieved by eliminating discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in day-to-day activites.

 Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas, said today:

I am pleased that this review is able to report on so many areas of change. We are making real progress towards embedding the values and principles set out in the duty into the culture of the Wales Audit Office and I am encouraged by how staff have responded to these new duties.

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

  • The Auditor General and the auditors he appoints in local government are the independent statutory external auditors of most of the Welsh public sector. They are responsible for the annual audit of the majority of public money spent in Wales, including the £14 billion of funds that are voted to Wales annually by the Westminster Parliament. Elements of this funding are passed by the Welsh Government to the NHS in Wales (over £5 billion) and to local government (nearly £4 billion).
  • The Wales Audit Office mission is to promote improvement, so that people in Wales benefit from accountable, well-managed public services that offer the best possible value for money. It is also committed to identify and spreading good practice across the Welsh public sector.