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This seminar discussed the development of social care in Wales, and the next steps for plans to establish a National Care Service for Wales.
Delegates looked at the likely shape and remit of the service, priorities for service users and carers, improvement of standards of care, support for the workforce and staff wellbeing, and the development of a more joined-up and resilient system.
Areas for discussion included:
- development of social care services in Wales:
- funding allocation
- improving service user experience and safety
- tackling the challenges posed by an ageing population
- learning from those with lived experience to inform policy design
- developing a more joined-up approach to care
- the role of social care in integrated care services
- support for the social care workforce:
- addressing wellbeing and staff burnout
- pay and support for unpaid carers
- next steps for recruitment and retention initiatives
- the potential of digital health methods:
- priorities for implementing digital methods across social care
- utilising data-led approaches
- opportunities for social care to lead innovation in the use of technology in the healthcare sector
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions from Sue Evans, Chief Executive, Social Care Wales; Gillian Baranski, Chief Inspector, Care Inspectorate Wales; Kate Young, Director, All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities; and Joint chair, National Care Service Expert Group; and Tegwen Knox, Care Leaver.
The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the Welsh Government - as well as the DHSC; and The Scottish Government.