Policy Forum for Wales keynote seminar
Priorities for healthcare in Wales
Policy, post-COVID service recovery, funding, modernisation, the workforce, community pharmacy, and forward planning
Morning, Wednesday 12th January 2022
Alun Jones, Interim Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
Elen Jones, Director for Wales, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Dr Allan Wardhaugh, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board; and Interim National Clinical Director, Office of Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government
Professor Nichola Callow, Bangor University; Professor Steve Conlan, Swansea University Medical School; Professor Tom Crosby, National Cancer Clinical Director for Wales and Velindre Cancer Care; Professor Wendy Dearing, Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI); Dr Jonathan Kell, Royal College of Pathologists Wales Regional Council and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Carwyn Lloyd-Jones, Digital Health and Care Wales; Hugh McDyer, UNISON Cymru; Matthew O’Grady, Stroke Association; Dr Suresh Pillai, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine; Helen Whyley, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Wales; and a senior speaker confirmed from the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales
Gareth Davies MS, Member, Health and Social Care Committee
Ruth Jones MP, Member, Welsh Affairs Committee
This conference will be a timely opportunity to assess the priorities for the healthcare sector in Wales, looking at next steps and outstanding issues for service recovery in the wake of COVID-19, support for the workforce, and the implementation of system modernisation.
We also expect discussion on taking forward ambitions for digital transformation and options for building on the increased role of community pharmacy in delivering health and care services following the pandemic.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Alun Jones, Interim Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales; Elen Jones, Director for Wales, Royal Pharmaceutical Society; and Dr Allan Wardhaugh, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board; and Interim National Clinical Director, Office of Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government.
The conference takes place in the context of the Health and Care Services Pandemic Recovery Plan from the Welsh Government, as well as the announcement of more than £500m extra funding for health and social care services aimed at tackling the issues caused by the pandemic, and will be an opportunity for delegates to consider priorities for the plan’s implementation and the allocation of funding.
Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:
- raising service quality and standards
- tackling waiting lists
- implementing system modernisation and mitigating the impact of digital inequality
- the future role of community pharmacies
- supporting the workforce and priorities for staff recruitment and retention
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Health and Safety Executive and the Welsh Government.
Key areas for discussion:
Public health and the healthcare system in Wales
- policy priorities – considering commitments made by the Government in the Wales Covid-19 Innovation and Transformation Study and the National Clinical Framework
- meeting ambitions – looking at how the aims in the study and the framework can be met, as well as potential challenges for implementing change
- the health and care workforce – assessing:
- current strategies to grow and maintain the workforce, such as plans for a new medical school in North Wales
- priorities for providing support into the future to improve retention and avoid burnout
Healthcare in the wake of COVID-19
- funding – what is needed to achieve the swift recovery of services in the wake of the pandemic, including:
- priorities for utilising the recent investment of £100m to help drive recovery from the pandemic and cut down waiting lists
- assessing the wider £1bn recovery plan and where funding should be allocated to deliver the greatest benefit
- tackling waiting lists – priorities for bringing down waiting lists, following record-level waiting times for non-urgent hospital treatment
- health inequalities – what is needed to reduce pre-existing health inequalities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19
- whole-system change – looking at opportunities for reform in the wake of COVID-19 to build on innovation and deliver change across the system, with The Royal College of Surgeons calling for a ‘radical rethink’
Delivering healthcare system modernisation in Wales
- progress during the pandemic – examining how innovations made as a result of COVID-19 can be taken forward to improve health and care systems, and how the Innovation Programme for Health and Social Care can best support this
- digital transformation – looking at:
- how the use of digital technologies can best facilitate innovation and modernisation in the healthcare system in Wales
- the role of Digital Health and Care Wales in helping to deliver the Welsh Government’s digital aims and support plans for healthcare transformation in Wales
- tackling inequalities – priorities for ensuring that innovative and digital approaches to health and care do not exclude sections of the population and help tackle inequality and digital exclusion, including for older generations
The future for community pharmacies
- within the healthcare sector – considering the role of community pharmacies and opportunities to take forward their increased responsibility during the pandemic
- evidence and best practice:
- assessing how best to gather information to make informed decisions on the function of community pharmacies and their development going forward
- drawing on examples such as the survey conducted by Hywel Dda Health Board, aimed at helping to manage the future of community pharmacies and the range of services needed
- funding – priorities for utilising the support that has been announced and considering what else might be necessary for community pharmacies to continue their increased role
The context for discussion:
- Health and care services pandemic recovery plan – supported by an initial £100m in funding and aimed at helping the health and care system in Wales recover from COVID-19 and prepare for future delivery
- extra funding for and social care – more than £500m of funding is intended to help health and care services in Wales to cope with the continued costs of the pandemic and tackle waiting lists
- Digital Health and Care Wales – the new Special Health Authority is intended to take forward the digital transformation for health and care in Wales, aiming to:
- increase the accessibility and sustainability of services
- support personal health and wellbeing, such as through mobilising digital transformation and expanding access to the Digital Health and Care Record
- Innovation in Health and Social Care – the ministerial statement on the Innovation Programme for Health and Social Care, aimed at delivering improvements for the future and building on developments made during the pandemic
- Wales COVID-19 Innovation and Transformation Study – looking at the experience of Wales during the pandemic and how it coped and adapted, and identifying seven emerging themes, including: collaborative working, the use of technology, and staff wellbeing
- National Clinical Framework and Quality Statements – setting out how the Welsh Government sees services developing in the next decade
- waiting times – with the number of patients on waiting lists for non-urgent hospital treatment in Wales hitting record levels since the beginning of the pandemic
- Further funding for community pharmacies’ response to COVID-19 – ministerial statement outlining the extra funding for community pharmacies during the pandemic, as well as a further £3.5m to community pharmacy contractors
- Hywel Dda Health Board survey on community pharmacy services – with initial information gathered last year to inform a draft pharmaceutical needs assessment, a final version of which is due for publication
- Age Friendly Wales: Our Strategy for an Ageing Society – including government proposals around improving access to health and social care services as a priority area for action
- Statement on the ePrescribing Programme – from the Welsh Government, setting out next steps for delivering the programme in Wales, which is anticipated to be fully operational within three to five years
- virtual reality (VR) project to support the training of radiographers – the project at Bangor University is aimed at supporting the and improving patient experience by utilising VR technology
- Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in formal dispute with the Welsh Government – with nurses feeling undervalued and warnings of potential industrial action following confirmation of a 3% pay rise
- Armed forces to help Welsh Ambulance Service as drivers – 110 military personnel have been drafted in to relieve pressure on the system and support emergency healthcare staff in responding to all calls
- £170m pledged aiming to transform how services are delivered – the announcement from the Welsh Government of increased funding to support health boards in radically transforming how planned care is delivered
Chairs and speakers
Keynote contribution: Alun Jones, Interim Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales; Elen Jones, Director for Wales, Royal Pharmaceutical Society; and Dr Allan Wardhaugh, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board; and Interim National Clinical Director, Office of Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government.
Further speakers: Professor Nichola Callow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Bangor University; Professor Steve Conlan, Head of Enterprise and Innovation, Swansea University Medical School; Professor Tom Crosby, Consultant Clinical Oncologist; National Cancer Clinical Director for Wales; and Clinical Lead, Transforming Cancer Services, Velindre Cancer Care; Professor Wendy Dearing, Director of Professionalism, Skills and Academic Development, Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI); Dr Jonathan Kell, Chair, Royal College of Pathologists Wales Regional Council; and Consultant Haematologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Carwyn Lloyd-Jones, Director of Information and Communications Technology, Digital Health and Care Wales; Hugh McDyer, Wales Lead for Health, UNISON Cymru; Matthew O’Grady, Policy and Influencing Lead – Wales, Stroke Association; Dr Suresh Pillai, Vice President, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine; Helen Whyley, Director, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Wales; and a senior speaker confirmed from the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales.
Chair: Gareth Davies MS, Member, Health and Social Care Committee; and Ruth Jones MP, Member, Welsh Affairs Committee.
Further senior participants are being approached.
Places have been reserved by officials from the Health and Safety Executive and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Amgen; Betsi Cadwaladr University Healthboard; Bridgend College, Bridgend; British Heart Foundation Cymru; Browne Jacobson; CPW; National Commissioning Board; Teva UK; The Open University; Welsh Ambulance ServicesTrust; and Welsh Health Specialised Services.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of the Senedd Cymru and Welsh Parliament and senior officials from the Welsh Government, and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from health and social care professionals, representatives from integration authorities, local authorities, trade unions, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, academics, think tanks and law firms, together with reporters from the national and trade media based in Wales and elsewhere.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks – you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates – we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference
To book places, please use the online booking form.