Glossary: Wales

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All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG)

The AWMSG is the Welsh health technology appraisal (HTA) body,  a statutory advisory Welsh Assembly-sponsored public body which aims to provide advice on medicines management and prescribing to the Welsh Government’s Minister for Health and Social Services in an effective, efficient and transparent manner.

National Assembly for Wales

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, and holds the Welsh Government to account.

Patient Access Scheme Wales Group (PASWG)

PASWG is the Patient Access Schemes (PAS) advisory group in Wales, which aids the reviewing process for PAS applications made to the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) within the Health Technology Appraisal (HTA) process.

Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Public Health Wales was established as an NHS Trust on 1 October 2009. The Trust incorporates the functions and services previously provided by the National Public Health Service for Wales, the Wales Centre for Health, the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, and the Congenital Anomaly Register and Information Service for Wales. Its statutory functions cover a broad range of public health, health protection, screening, health intelligence and research services.

Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC)

The Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) is responsible for the joint planning of Specialised and Tertiary Services on behalf of Local Health Boards (LHBs) in Wales. Every year, WHSSC receives money from the LHBs to pay for specialised healthcare for everyone who lives in Wales and is entitled to NHS care.

The WHSSC was established to ensure that the population of Wales has fair and equitable access to the full range of specialised services. In establishing WHSSC to work on their behalf, the seven LHBs recognised that the most efficient and effective way of planning these services was to work together to reduce duplication and ensure consistency.

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