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Next Steps for Primary Care in Wales

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Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar

Next steps for primary care in Wales: Priorities for primary care clusters, resourcing and preparing for the new health and social care plan


This seminar will consider the future for primary care services in Wales, and will be an opportunity to discuss the final report of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales, the Inquiry into Primary Care Clusters (PCCs) and the upcoming Health and Social Care Plan, which is expected to include a new primary care plan.

We are pleased that Dr Dai Lloyd AM, Chair, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee; Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair, RCGP Wales and Julie Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive, Health Education and Improvement Wales will be delivering keynote addresses.

Delegates will assess the priorities for implementing the Review’s recommendations to further devolve resources and decision making to PCCs – including how the Government’s £100 million transformation fund to support implementation should be applied. They will also examine the initial performance of PCCs in light of the Inquiry’s findings, including how best to increase consistency of delivery, share best practice and engage effectively with patients.

Further sessions focus on the way ahead for effective inspection, improving the quality of care and meeting the needs of the workforce – looking at training and skills development, and developing the leadership needed to drive change.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • The vision for delivering primary care services in wider Health and Social Care reform plans;
  • Next steps in implementing PCCs in the context of the Inquiry;
  • Tackling the challenges to delivering integrated, efficient, high quality care;
  • Key priorities in resourcing and the development of infrastructure to support reform, as the Public Accounts Committee begins an inquiry into the NHS Wales Informatics Services; and
  • The role of inspection and regulation in delivering improvements in care.

The agenda has been structured following consultation with officials at the National Assembly for Wales and is copied below my signature. A regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Policy Forum for Wales. Follow us @PFWEvents for live updates.


We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Dr Dai Lloyd AM, Chair, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee; Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair, RCGP Wales and Julie Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive, Health Education and Improvement Wales.

Further confirmed speakers include: Andrew Evans, Deputy Director of Primary, Community and Mental Health Services, Powys Teaching Health Board; Desmond Kitto, Chief Officer, Cwm Taf Community Health Council; Lesley Lewis, Head of Nursing Primary Care and Localities, Cwm Taf University Health Board; Dr David Minton, Cluster Lead, Blaenau Gwent West, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board; Dr Sue Thomas, Primary Care and Independent Sector Adviser, Royal College of Nursing and a senior speaker confirmed from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Caroline Jones AM, Member, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar. Additional senior participants are being approached.


This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; DWP; HSE; Healthcare Inspectorate Wales; Wales Audit Office and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Bayer; Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board; Brecon and District Mind; Caerphilly CBC; Cardiff And Vale University Health Board; Cardiff University; Community Integrated Care; Community Integrated Care; Consilient Health; Ferring Pharmaceuticals; Forsa Trade Union; GSK; Havas M&C; NHS Wales Health Collaborative; Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition; RCGP Wales; Swansea University; Vanguard Cymru; Wales Cancer Network; Welsh Spirituality Health and Well-being Group and Western Bay Regional Partnership Board/Citizen Panel.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from UK Health Radio.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of the National Assembly for Wales and senior officials from the Welsh Government, regulators involved in public policy, local authorities, service users, health boards, trade unions, charity and learned societies, representatives of citizen and interest groups, and academics – together with representatives of the national and trade media.

Output and about us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials in the Wales Office and Welsh Government departments affected by the issues; as well as Assembly Members with a special interest in the subject. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content. The Policy Forum for Wales is strictly impartial and cross-party. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use our online booking formOnce submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions. Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Next steps for primary care in Wales: Priorities for primary care clusters, resourcing and preparing for the new health and social care plan (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities – not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

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