Policy Forum for Wales

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Priorities for healthcare in Wales - policy, post-COVID service recovery, funding, modernisation, the workforce, community pharmacy, and forward planning

Morning, Wednesday, 12th January 2022


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 context 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 Welsh Government’s Health and Care Services Pandemic Recovery Plan, 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. It 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 Healthcare Inspectorate Wales; the Welsh Government; and the Health and Safety Executive.



Keynote Speakers

Alun Jones

Interim Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

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

Keynote Speakers

Alun Jones

Interim Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

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

Elen Jones

Director for Wales, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Chairs

Gareth Davies MS

Member, Health and Social Care Committee

Ruth Jones MP

Member, Welsh Affairs Committee

Speakers

Carwyn Lloyd-Jones

Director of Information and Communications Technology, Digital Health and Care Wales

Matthew O’Grady

Policy and Influencing Lead - Wales, Stroke Association

Hugh McDyer

Wales Lead for Health, UNISON Cymru

Helen Whyley

Director, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Wales

Dr Suresh Pillai

Vice President, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Professor Wendy Dearing

Director of Professionalism, Skills and Academic Development, Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI)

Professor Tom Crosby

Consultant Clinical Oncologist; National Cancer Clinical Director for Wales; and Clinical Lead, Transforming Cancer Services, Velindre Cancer Care

Professor Nichola Callow

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Bangor University

Dr Jonathan Kell

Chair, Royal College of Pathologists Wales Regional Council, and Consultant Haematologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

John Pearce

Chair, Board of Community Health Councils in Wales

Professor Steve Conlan

Swansea University Medical School

Helen Howson

Director, Bevan Commission