Policy Forum for Wales

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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Health and social care quality in Wales - governance and transparency, workforce development, and next steps for inspection, regulation and legislation

TO BE PUBLISHED November 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on next steps for raising the quality of health and social care in Wales.

Delegates will discuss issues for implementation of key new legislation and the implications for stakeholders, looking at:

  • the future for inspection and regulation
  • workforce recruitment, development, and support
  • governance and transparency of health boards
  • enhancing the voice of patients

Of course it will also be an opportunity to examine how the COVID-19 crisis has affected health and social care in Wales, including the latest thinking on:

  • the resilience of the health and social care system
  • the effectiveness of crisis response
  • the long-term implications for policy in Wales

The discussion in detail:

Health and social care quality and engagement

Provisions in the newly-passed Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Act, including:

  • improving governance, transparency, and patient outcomes across services at health boards
  • recommendations relating to risk management, roles for leaders and directorates, scrutiny - and organisational culture and the management of concerns made in the HIW and Audit Wales joint review on governance at Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

Empowering patients

Measures in the new Act aimed at improving the effectiveness of information, advice, and assistance for service users

Workforce issues and delivering higher quality care

How current challenges for the workforce in the health and social care sector might be overcome, particularly in the area of meeting skills needs:

  • care improvement and identifying a future social care model, in the context of proposals in the Quality and Engagement and NHS Indemnities Acts
  • options for further integration of health and social care services
  • potential implications for the delivery of training and development in the future - including priorities for changes to training and upskilling to support improvements in the delivery of care

The COVID-19 pandemic

  • safety and wellbeing of staff, patients and service users
  • care for disproportionately-affected groups, with:
  • further key issues including: testing for critical workers; liaison between Government, councils and local resilience forums; transitions between health and care settings; monitoring and reporting; and use of technology

The context for discussion:

  • The Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Act, which includes:
    • creation of a citizen voice body to replace Community Health Councils
    • a duty of candour for NHS bodies
  • The Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act, aimed at making the complaints process easier and allowing the Ombudsman proactively to initiate some investigations
  • The National Health Service (Indemnities) (Wales) Act, setting out the steps for the Welsh Government to protect professionals from increasing costs of indemnity
  • The Welsh Government considering raising taxes as an option to pay for increasing care costs and to improve the quality of care, and suggesting that the money raised could be spent on abolishing care fees or improving pay for those working in care
  • The ‘front door’ to adult social care report from Audit Wales finding progress in local authorities reducing demand for social care in recent years, but identifying remaining challenges - including ensuring provision is consistent across Wales, supporting carers, and improving awareness and accessibility of available information, such as providing information in Welsh and other languages
  • Findings from a series of reports from the Senedd’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, with recommendations on PPE supply and distribution, testing staff and more widely in the population,  medicines delivery, staffing for contact tracing, and funding to support adult social care

The agenda:

  • 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
  • The future for regulating professional standards
  • Improving inspection and the regulation system in Wales
  • The workforce, delivering higher quality care, and the impact of COVID-19 - support for health and social care professionals, recruitment, and development
  • The Quality and Engagement Act - assessing the potential impact on improving care and outcomes for patients and service users

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by a range of officials from the Welsh Government, as well as from the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales; Audit Wales; the Welsh Revenue Authority; HMPPS; the Office for National Statistics; and the Health & Safety Executive.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

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