Next steps for the health and social care workforce in Wales: recruitment, training and retention

Tuesday, 14th March 2017, Central Cardiff, This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Cassy Taylor, Associate Director, Vocational Qualifications, Qualifications Wales

This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the future for the health and social care workforce in Wales.

It is timed to follow Qualifications Wales’ review of Health, Social Care and Childcare qualifications - the draft of which proposed a new suite of qualifications for the sector - and is scheduled as the Nurse Staffing Levels Act, which sets out minimum staffing requirements, comes into force.

It also comes in light of measures outlined in the 2016 Programme for Government, including increased investment in training NHS staff and the creation of a single body to commission and provide training and education for all healthcare professionals.

Planned sessions will explore workforce planning across NHS Wales, including training and continuing professional development, funding for workforce development, and Welsh language training provision.

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Further discussion will focus on tackling staff recruitment and retention challenges, the changing roles for health professionals such as community pharmacists, and the potential extension of the Nurse Staffing Levels Act.

Tina Donnelly CBE, Director, RCN Wales; Dr Dai Lloyd AM, Chair, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee; Sarah McCarty, Director of Workforce Learning and Development, Care Council for Wales and Cassy Taylor, Associate Director, Vocational Qualifications, Qualifications Wales have kindly agreed to deliver keynote presentations at this seminar.

Professor Peter Donnelly, Deputy Postgraduate Dean, Wales Deanery; Dr Jane Fenton-May, Vice Chair, Policy and Public Affairs, RCGP Wales; Dr Sharon Hopkins, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Dr Gareth Llewelyn, Vice President Elect, RCP Wales; Alyx Peters, Managing Director, MPS Healthcare; Dr Steve Riley, Dean of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Cardiff Universitya and Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Chair, Welsh Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society have also agreed to speak.

Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Professor of Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University and Chair, National Mental Capacity Forum has kindly agreed to chair the first half of the seminar.