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Written Statement - Update on Health Professional Education Investment Review

Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services

Education and training is fundamental to ensuring the healthcare workforce is fit for purpose and sustainable and has the right skills, knowledge and experience to meet the challenges we face now and in the future.

On April 14, the Health Professionals Education Investment (HPEI) review, led by Mr Mel Evans OBE, was published. It was commissioned by the Welsh Government to consider the investment in health professional education across Wales and whether it is delivering the right results for Wales and our health service.

It made a wide range of recommendations for the future, which were open to a six-week period of engagement, to give people and organisations an opportunity to contribute to this important debate.

The review has acted as a catalyst to discuss key issues relating to the education and training of the healthcare workforce. More than 70 contributions have been received during the engagement process, which reflect a wide range of opinions.

These responses are currently being analysed, however a number of organisations have put forward suggestions or observations which they consider important factors in this debate. Some are from organisations and individuals who were not able to contribute to the panel’s original work.

I have therefore asked the HPEI panel to reconvene to consider the responses received and to identify any areas where they may wish to either reconsider their conclusions or add to them in light of points made. I am grateful to the panel for agreeing to undertake this additional work, which will be concluded by the end of July.

A full response to the review, including the results of the reconvened panel discussions, will be provided in the autumn.