“Our Community”: Ten actions to support primary care in Wales

Organisations across Wales have come together through the Welsh NHS Confederation’s Policy Forum to outline key priorities for the health and social care workforce.

To ensure a sustainable primary and community care sector the Forum is asking Assembly Members to consider and support the following priorities:

  1. Vision
  2. Integrated care
  3. Public engagement
  4. Primary care workforce planning
  5. Promoting health and well-being
  6. Rural health
  7. Developing the workforce
  8. Welsh language
  9. Technology
  10. Primary care funding

The full paper, "Our Community": Ten actions to support primary care in Wales, can be accessed here.

The Welsh NHS Confederation Policy Forum believes that we cannot afford to delay efforts to reshape services that provide people's care, strengthening primary and community care provision.

Primary and community care encompasses a range of services including, but not exclusively, GPs, general practice nurses, pharmacy, dentistry, specialty clinics, optometry, community and district nurses, midwives, health visitors, mental health teams, health promotion teams, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, speech and language therapists, podiatrists, phlebotomists, paramedics, public health teams, rehabilitation teams, social workers, other local authority staff and all those people working and volunteering in voluntary organisations which help meet the health and well-being needs of people in our communities.

Some services are directly employed by the NHS or Local Authorities while others have contractual arrangements with Welsh Government (general practice, pharmacy, dentistry and optometry). The wide range of funding and governance arrangements covering primary and community care can impact on the options available to the Welsh Government.