The Welsh Government has announced a 10-year strategy for the health and social care workforce.
Making the announcement, minister for health and social services Vaughan Gething (pictured) said the strategy, titled ‘A Healthier Wales’, signals the government’s ambition to value and support the workforce, engaging and motivating them, and empowering them to develop their skills.
The framework comprises of 32 actions including: developing a workforce plan for domiciliary care; an increased focus on digital skills; flexible education opportunities and career development; a values-based induction programme; and work towards “fair reward and recognition” across the health and social care workforce.
Gething said: “The strategy signals our clear long-term vision for the health and care workforce as a key driver to make a reality of our first national strategic plan for health and social care A Healthier Wales.
“It provides a high level strategic framework, which signals our ambition to value and support our workforce, engaging and motivating them through compassionate leadership embedded throughout our system, and empowering them to develop their skills and agility to respond quickly to future challenge and opportunities.
“This is the way for us to deliver a transformed health and care system which is sustainable, focussed on wellbeing, care closer to home and will deliver for our future generations. The Strategy will, over time, be underpinned by a series of delivery plans to provide detail about the focussed actions needed to deliver our vision for the workforce of the future.”
Health Education and Improvement Wales and Social Care Wales have been jointly commissioned to lead the development of the workforce strategy in partnership with NHS Wales, local government, the voluntary and independent sectors, as well as regulators, professional bodies and education providers.