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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, as well as options for building on the increased role of community pharmacy in delivering health and care services in the context of 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.