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Implementation of Health Education and Improvement Wales

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How the programme will set up and implement Health Education and Improvement Wales

  1. Work which is underway 

    A new health body is being created to oversee the training and education of professionals in our health services. This follows two independent reports to Welsh Government – the first by Mel Evans in 2015, and a second in 2016 by Professor Robin Williams. The Cabinet Secretary then requested that the work begin to create the new organisation to be in place by April 2018.

  2. Single body

    The way we plan for, and train our professional staff is working well.The organisations that do most of this are effective. But the two independent reports have shown there are opportunities to do more, especially through a single and co-ordinated approach. The reports talk about potential for simplified structures to improve collaboration, opportunities for more strategic thinking and the benefits of removing artificial barriers between professions. 

  3. Responsibilities

    The body will be a Special Health Authority, set up using powers under the 2003 NHS Act. It will receive money and direction from the Welsh Government but will have an independent board overseeing its work. Its staff will be members of the NHS and its Chief Executive will sit alongside colleagues from the other boards and trusts in Wales. 

  4. Engagement

    Mel Evans and Professor Robin Williams engaged widely with a range of people during the preparation of their respective reports. 

    We have continued to work with stakeholders to shape the way ahead. A Programme Board is overseeing the transition to the new body with representation from across the sector and engagement events continue. A formal consultation will take place before the body is created fully in law.  

  5. Other recommendations from the Evans Review

    Mel Evans’s report set out four recommendations:

    • Strategic vision for NHS in Wales 
    • Workforce planning
    • A single body for education and training
    • Developing a learning culture within NHS Wales. 

    The creation of the new body will deliver the third recommendation and will be charged with delivering the second. Work continues on the other recommendations  across the sector and will inform the work of the new body as it develops its work plan. 

  6. The new body in relation to Scotland and England

    The development of the new body has been informed by the experiences of NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Health Education England (HEE). Professor Robin Williams talked with those bodies as he gathered research.  The new body will be different from  these organisations and will create an approach specifically geared to the challenges in Wales. It will, for example, be asked to promote a widening access agenda in health education, ensuring we make the very best of the talent in Wales.
  7. Public consultation

    There will be a public consultation in 2017.  It will be linked to proposed secondary legislation but will also look at how the new organisation will work, particularly with others in the health and social care sectors.
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