Policy Forum for Wales

Implementing the Primary Care Model for Wales


This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine the ongoing implementation and impact of the Primary Care Model for Wales - a key element of the Transformation Programme in Wales - as the Model undergoes evaluation.

The context for discussion

The conference takes place in the context of issues emerging from policy developments, including:

  • The publication of A Healthier Wales by the Welsh Government in 2018 and the initiation of the Transformation Programme to implement this vision;
  • A number of announcements on how the £100m Transformation Fund will allow Regional Partnership Boards to deliver innovative projects across Wales, including projects to innovate within primary care or reduce pressure on primary care services; and
  • The first Health and Social Care Workforce Strategy for Wales, setting out actions required to meet key aims for the workforce for 2030 - with the final strategy from Health Education and Improvement Wales and Social Care Wales due to be published and implemented shortly, after approval from the Welsh Government.

It also follows publication of the report from the Auditor General for Wales, finding that the application of the Model was inconsistent, and calling for  the pace of reform to increase, and for improved engagement with health staff and patients in order to develop a useful understanding of the Model.

Discussion at this seminar will look at the implementation of the Model going forward, as well as reform more generally and the communication of the Model to staff and the public;


There will be keynote addresses from: Jyoti Atri, Executive Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health Wales and Alex Howells, Chief Executive, Health Education and Improvement Wales.

Further confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Ann John, Chair, National Advisory Group on Suicide and Self-harm Prevention - including her work with the Advisory Group on issues such as local suicide prevention plans;
  • Kathryn Lambert, Director, Span Arts - on the potential challenges and opportunities around moving towards a wellness system, and working at a local level to achieve this, including projects which may seek to reduce loneliness and isolation or improve health and wellbeing in other ways;
  • Jane Sloggett, Deputy Head, Porthcawl Comprehensive School, Bridgend - on the understanding of the Primary Care Model, and the implications of moving towards a ‘wellness system’ for education and children and young people; and
  • Andy Swinburn, Assistant Director, Paramedicine, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust - on supporting out-of-hours care, in light of the recent introduction of ambulance service prescribing paramedics.

Also speaking are: Richard Bowen, Programme Director, 111, NHS Wales; and Dr Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health, Cwm Taf University Health Board.

The agenda in summary

  • Improving outcomes in primary care: reducing the impact of poor health and tackling health inequalities;
  • Implementing the new model: creating a ‘wellness’ system, local coordination and accessibility;
  • Supporting and developing the Welsh primary care workforce and the first Health and Social Care Workforce Strategy;
  • Key issues for developing in-hours delivery and out-of-hours primary care: sustainability, access and support; and
  • The future for primary and community services in Wales.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Seminars organised by the Policy Forum for Wales typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with a range of interested officials who have reserved places from the Welsh Government and also those representing: the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and the Department of Health and Social Care

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates