Policy Forum for Wales

The health and social care workforce in Wales: implementing the workforce strategy, planning for the future and protecting staff wellbeing

Morning, Thursday, 13th June 2019

Central Cardiff


The seminar takes places in light of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales, and the Welsh Government’s Healthier Wales plan, which includes the setting up of a new Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care in Wales.

With a draft Workforce Strategy expected to be released before the summer the seminar will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for its final version expected later in the year.

In focusing on the priorities for the strategy, attendees will consider joint regional workforce planning, recruitment and retention, expanding generalist skills and modelling for future needs, as well as on making staff feel valued with measures including career support, multi-professional learning opportunities and further provisions aimed at enabling staff to deliver the best care possible.

We also expect discussion on the impact of the Healthier Wales new ‘seamless’ models of health and care on patient and staff wellbeing, and on creating an attractive environment and culture for potential new staff to start work in Wales.

Further sessions will look at the steps needed to implement the Workforce Strategy’s goals, and the proposed new leadership competency framework and development programmes designed to provide strong governance to deliver the strategy.

The agenda also looks at plans for creating a flexible and learning workforce, taking into account changing demographics and the move to more integrated care, as well as making the NHS Wales an exemplar employer in creating and supporting an engaged and healthy workforce.

Delegates will also review the implementation of the Nurse Staffing Levels Wales Act at the one year mark - assessing its contribution to improved patient safety, whether the numbers of nurses better matches the workload, and the further steps that can be taken to ensure health boards fulfil their duties under the Act.

They will also consider the role of inspection in overseeing the health workforce - focusing on widening access, improving skills, developing careers and empowering service providers.

Keynote Speakers

Julie Rogers

Deputy Chief Executive, HEIW

Charlie Massey

Chief Executive, General Medical Council


Caroline Jones AM

Member, Cross Party Group on Nursing and Midwifery, Welsh Government


Dr Adrian Neal

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head, Employee Wellbeing Service, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Dr Mair Hopkin

Joint Chair, RCGP Wales

Ruth Jones

Senior Negotiating Officer, Wales, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Martin Driscoll

Executive Director, Workforce and Organised Development, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Helen Whyley

Interim Director, Wales, Royal College of Nursing

Bethan Lavercombe

Workforce Programme Manager, Staff Health and Well-being, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Bevan Exemplar

Victoria Ellis

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Ceredigion Acute and Community Physiotherapy Service, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Bevan Exemplar

Richard Pugh

Head of Services, Macmillan Cancer Support

Olivia Bird

Acting Policy Manager, Health and Care Professions Council