independent review panel interim report on Health and Social Care in Wales

Tuesday 11 July

The independent review panel interim report on Health and Social Care in Wales today describes the case for change as “compelling”, and calls for a bold vision for the health and care system based on continuous quality improvement and prevention.

To turn this ambition into practical reality, it calls for new models of care to be trialed across Wales.

Frontline staff, the public, and other public and voluntary organisations will be asked to work together to develop new models of care, to help hospital, primary care, community health and social care providers to work more effectively together. The models will be developed to work in different settings such as urban and rural, and take account of Welsh language needs.

The Parliamentary Review interim report, published today, recognises that new models will need to be underpinned by action in a number of areas and makes further recommendations including the need for:

  • a step change in the way the health and social care systems adapts to the changing needs of the population
  • the people of Wales, staff, service users and carers to have greater influence on new models of care with clearer, shared roles and responsibilities
  • new skills and career paths for the health and social care workforce with a focus on continuous improvement
  • better use of technology and infrastructure to support quality and efficiency
  • streamlined governance, finance and accountability arrangements aligned for health and social care.

The review panel has been asked to produce a report by the end of 2017. The final report will consider ways of meeting rising need for health and social care as well as public expectations about the services. The review panel has been actively engaging with the public and health and care professionals to seek their honest and frank opinions on the future of health and social care in Wales.

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