Responding to the National Assembly for Wales’ Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s report into community nursing, Nesta Lloyd-Jones, Interim Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“Community nurses are an important part of the way we deliver health and social care services across Wales. This report shows they are effective in preventing unnecessary hospital admissions, helping people who need our care stay active and healthy within their communities and maintaining their independence.
“Advances in technology and public expectations are far out-pacing the change we’re seeing in the NHS. However, we are pleased the Welsh Government's long-term plan for health and social care, A Healthier Wales, commits to a fully integrated national digital architecture, supported by further investment, stronger national digital leadership and strengthened delivery arrangements.
“The Committee’s report also reflects the need to promote Wales as an attractive place for nurses to train, work and live. NHS organisations in Wales recognise the tremendous contribution community nurses make within multi-disciplinary teams working within our communities to the care and support they give to patients.
“Health Education and Improvement Wales and Social Care Wales are currently working with partners to develop a long-term workforce strategy for health and social care. The final strategy and subsequent plans will help support the delivery of more effective and efficient health and care services.”