Morning, Thursday, 30th April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference focuses on:
- Raising the quality of health and social care in Wales;
- The future for inspection and regulation; and
- Recruitment, development, and support of the workforce.
It will be an opportunity to discuss the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill, currently progressing through the National Assembly and due to become law in summer 2020 if passed - including its proposals for a ‘duty of candour’ for NHS bodies and the creation of a citizen voice body to replace Community Health Councils.
It also comes as the National Health Service (Indemnities) (Wales) Bill - determining the steps that the Welsh Government can take to protect professionals from increasing costs of indemnity - completes its passage through the National Assembly for Wales.
- Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) - who we expect to touch on challenges and opportunities around improving inspection and the regulation system in Wales and the key ways in which maternity services in Wales might need to be improved;
- Dame Clare Marx, Chair, General Medical Council; and
- Nick Bennett, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, Ombudsman Wales - who we expect to discuss the potential implications of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act for improving the quality of care in Wales. This is in light of the Act aiming to make the complaints process easier and allowing the Ombudsman proactively to initiate some investigations.
Further speakers include: Darren Hughes, Welsh NHS Confederation; Mario Kreft, Care Forum Wales; John Pearce, Board of Community Health Councils in Wales; Dr David Bailey, BMA Cymru Wales; Professor Aled Jones, Cardiff University; Lesley Lewis, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board; Claire Morgan, Carers Wales; Donna Ockenden, Princess Royal University Hospital; Anna Prytherch, Rural Health and Care Wales and Helen Whyley, RCN Wales.
- The way forward for raising the quality of health and social care;
- Developing the governance and transparency of health boards and enhancing the voice of patients;
- Improving inspection and the regulation system in Wales;
- Medical Regulation: looking to the future;
- The workforce and delivering higher quality care - recruitment, development, and support for health and social care professionals; and
- The Quality and Engagement Bill - assessing the potential impact on improving care and outcomes for patients and service users.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
This Policy Forum for Wales conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Welsh Government; Healthcare Inspectorate Wales; HSE; MoJ; National Probation Service and the ONS.