This will be the first Senedd election with the UK outside the European Union and will mark the beginning of a markedly different international and political landscape. The health and care system will need to adapt to work within this new context.
Since COVID-19 swept across the globe, health and social care organisations in Wales have been united in addressing the challenges the pandemic has brought with it. As well as those public bodies and organisations that traditionally deliver health and social care, many other community-based organisations, such as housing associations and the third sector, have played an important role in protecting the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.
We believe that the unprecedented impact the pandemic has had on the health and social care system, and the inequalities in health outcomes experienced by different socio-economic groups, provides us with a unique opportunity to learn from the progress we’ve made. This means working across sectors and supporting the next Welsh Government to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Wales.
Our united response to the pandemic also reinforces the case for effective cross-sector collaboration, beyond the traditional boundaries of health and social care, enabling people to stay active, healthy and independent in their own homes and communities for longer.