Responding to the launch of ‘A Healthier Wales: Our Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care’, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“The launch of this joint Workforce Strategy, developed by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and Social Care Wales (SCW), is a significant step towards a seamless health and care system in Wales.
“Earlier this year, we asked our members what they thought the key priorities should be for any new Welsh Government after the 2021 Senedd election. They told us that tackling the recruitment, retention and capacity of the NHS workforce was the main challenge facing the NHS in Wales. They called for all political parties’ manifestos to focus on providing a multi-professional, digitally enabled, motivated, engaged and valued workforce whose own wellbeing is prioritised and promoted.
“This Strategy is the first of its kind in the UK and will go some way toward addressing the challenges faced not just in the NHS in Wales but in social care as well and provides a long term vision for the health and care workforce.
“Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, health and social care staff have delivered high quality care under extreme pressure. We need to continue to support them through this difficult time, but also ensure they are at the centre of a transformed health and social care system in the future.
“Frontline staff make the NHS and social care services what they are in Wales and we want them to know we appreciate everything they do for people in Wales.”