Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for primary care in Wales: priorities for Primary Care Clusters, resourcing and preparing for the new Health and Social Care Plan

August 2018

This seminar considered the future for primary care services in Wales, and was an opportunity to discuss the final report of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales as well as the released Government response to the Review - the Healthier Wales Plan, which focused on shifting services out of hospitals and into communities and homes, and producing and promoting new innovative models of care.

It was also an opportunity to consider the findings from the Inquiry into PCCs - which highlighted key challenges facing the sector around costs, patient and workforce experiences, and recruitment issues.

Delegates assessed the priorities for implementing the actions set out in the Health and Social Care Plan, to further devolve resources and decision making to PCCs - including how the Government’s £100 million transformation fund to support implementation should best be allocated and used. They also examined the initial performance of PCCs in light of the Inquiry’s findings, including how best to increase consistency of delivery, share best practice and engage effectively with patients.

Further sessions focused on priorities for improving the quality of care and meeting the needs of the workforce - looking at training and skills development, and developing the leadership needed to drive change.

Overall sessions on the day considered:

  • The vision for delivering primary care services in wider Health and Social Care reform plans;
  • Next steps in implementing PCCs in the context of the Inquiry;
  • Tackling the challenges to delivering integrated, efficient, high quality care;
  • Key priorities in resourcing, following calls from RGCP Wales for the Welsh Government to raise GP funding in line with the rest of the UK; and
  • Challenges for developing the infrastructure needed to support reform.

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