Policy Forum for Wales keynote seminar: Improving the quality of health and social care in Wales – 04 Dec 2019

04 December 2019 – Central Cardiff
Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

Dr David Bailey, BMA Cymru Wales and Louise Hughes, Age Cymru

Bydd cyfieithu ar y pryd ar gael yn y gynhadledd hon
Simultaneous translation will be available at this conference

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As we expect discussion on legal and regulatory issues, as well as the proposed ‘duty of candour’ for NHS bodies – to be made law next year if passed by the National Assembly – I thought this might be of interest.

It comes as the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill is introduced – proposing a ‘duty of candour’ and the creation of a citizen voice body to replace Community Health Councils – with proposals to be made law in summer 2020.

The agenda
• The way forward for raising the quality of health and social care;
• Improving inspection and the regulation system in Wales – with Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales;
• Developing the governance and transparency of health boards and enhancing the voice of patients;
• The future for regulating professional standards;
• The workforce and delivering higher quality care – recruitment, development and support for health and social care professionals; and
• The implications of the Quality and Engagement Bill – next steps for improving care and outcomes for patients and service users.

Governance and transparency
Policymakers and key stakeholders will assess provisions in the Quality and Engagement Bill, with discussion expected on the key opportunities for improving governance, transparency and patient outcomes across services at health boards.

It takes place as Healthcare Inspectorate Wales begins workstreams to review maternity services, including on health board governance.

Enhancing the voice of patients
Delegates will also consider proposals in the Bill related to protecting vulnerable groups and enhancing patient voice.

They will assess care received throughout the care pathway, as the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act comes into force, aimed at making the complaints process easier, and allowing the Ombudsman in some cases to proactively initiate investigations or look at both public and private health treatment.

Workforce issues and delivering higher quality care
Further sessions consider how current challenges for the workforce in the health and social care sector might be overcome – particularly in the area of meeting skills needs.

Delegates will also examine the way forward for improving care going forward and identifying a future social care model.

They will discuss the potential implications of proposals in the Quality and Engagement Bill – and the further integration of health and social care services – for how training and development is delivered in the future, including changes to training and upskilling that are most needed to support improvements in the delivery of care.

It takes place with the Inter-Ministerial Group on Paying for Social Care exploring the feasibility of introducing a levy or alternative funding mechanism.

The draft agenda is available to download here.

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from: Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr David Bailey, Chair, Welsh Council, BMA Cymru Wales and Louise Hughes, Programme Manager, Golden Thread Advocacy Programme, Age Cymru.

Booking arrangements
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