Health academics call for new Welsh Government to support development of a world-class healthcare workforce

16 May 2016

Health academics engaged in nursing, midwifery and allied health professional education have called on the new Welsh Government to back the provision of world-class education and research that will meet the changing needs of the population in Wales.

Professor Ceri Phillips, Chair of Cyngor, which represents university faculties in Wales with nursing, midwifery and AHP courses said:

‘There are significant challenges facing the new Welsh Government to ensure that Wales has sufficient numbers of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals with the right skills and knowledge to provide the best care to patients in the most appropriate location. Cyngor must be involved as a key partner in working with the Government to develop sustainable and efficient funding models to develop professionals across nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.’

Cyngor has also highlighted the need to invest in the development of the current workforce to ensure that Wales attracts and retains the best health professionals in a workforce capable of delivering integrated services across health and social care.

Professor Phillips said:

‘The new Government must put staff development at the heart of the NHS in Wales by investing in postgraduate education and continuing professional development for all health professionals.’

‘We look forward to continuing our work with the Welsh Government and decision-makers in Wales to shape the development of future health policy and strategy.’

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Notes to editors:

  1. Cyngor is the authoritative voice for nursing, midwifery & allied health profession (AHP) education and research in Wales. It is made up of representatives from six universities in Wales, with engagement from the Council of Deans of Health, Health Boards, the Royal College of Nursing, Welsh Government and NHS Wales Workforce, Education & Development Services (WEDS).
  2. The six universities in Wales are: Bangor University, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Glyndwr University, Swansea University and University of South Wales.
  3. Cyngor: Priorities for health education in Wales (English version | Welsh version) has been produced by Cyngor and the Council of Deans of Health.
  4. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames on 07496 693806.
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