Progress on major health conditions delivery plans »We remain committed to ensuring that quality improvement remains at the centre of our approach for the future of NHS Wales.
Taking Wales Forward
The First Minister of Wales announced his new Cabinet and Ministers as the Welsh Government begins its ambitious programme to build a united, connected and sustainable Wales.
- Statement by the First Minister of Wales: Moving Wales Forward
- Dr Frank Atherton appointed Wales’ new Chief Medical Officer
- Taking Wales Forward
- Consultation on Procurement Regulation in Wales
- National Outcomes Framework for Youth Work
- Proposed changes to Planning Policy Wales Chapter 6: The Historic Environment
- Building Regulations Sustainability Review
- Support for foundation years
- Support for postgraduate study and part-time engineering, technology or computer science degrees
Section highlightEnvironment (Wales) Act 2016
The act puts in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.
Assembly bills »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward.Learn more »
Section highlightWelsh taxes: a conversation
Share your thoughts on a new Taxpayers’ Charter.
Final Budget 2016-17 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2016-17 is £15bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
In health, there is a continual need to improve and update services.
Reform of the NHS in Wales is one aspect of the Welsh Government’s work to create a world-class health service.
The Welsh Government’s Health and Social Services Directorate funds, directs and monitors the performance of health services in Wales. It works in partnership with National Health Service (NHS) organisations such as the seven area health boards and the three specialist trusts.
Health services are usually categorised into primary care, secondary care and tertiary care.
Primary care services
Primary care services are provided by family doctors (also known as general practitioners or GPs), opticians, dentists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.
There are more than 1,900 family doctors in Wales, more than 1,000 dentists, and some 600 opticians. Family doctors are the first point of call, referring people to hospitals or specialist treatment when necessary.
Other healthcare staff working in the community include:
- specialist community public health nursing;
- community nurses;
- occupational and speech therapists; and
- practice nurses.
Secondary care refers to hospitals and ambulance services. These are provided by seven local health boards, a national Ambulance Service Trust and a specialist cancer trust.
Tertiary care refers to specialised care provided at some of the larger hospitals or through specialist hospitals treating particular types of illness such as cancer.
In addition to the above, community care services are provided in partnership with local social services. Community care services are usually defined as those services which are provided to patients in their own homes.
They include a range of primary care services provided by nurses, midwives, health visitors and services from other professionals such as occupational therapists.