Wales opens first workforce strategy consultation

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and Social Care Wales are holding a consultation to inform Wales’ first health and social care workforce strategy, due to be published next year.

Care providers are invited to give their views on ambitions that include making work in health and social care “the sector of choice”. Mechanisms to achieve the ambitions include:

  • cross sector workforce intelligence
  • evaluation tools to inform retention plan
  • health and wellbeing framework across the health and social care workforce
  • non-salary incentive programmes

The consultation is open until midnight on Wednesday 18 September. Complete the online consultation questionnaire to give your views on the health and social care workforce in Wales.

The Welsh Government has also announced plans to open the workforce register on a voluntary basis to social care workers as part of plans to overhaul the regulation of social care in Wales.

Under plans now out for consultation, workers in care home services in Wales will be able to join the register from 1 April 2020 – ahead of mandatory registration from 2022.

Other plans outlined in the consultation include enabling Welsh regulator Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) to obtain information from directors, trustees and members of boards or committees (other than a local authority or Local Health Board) when registering as providers of regulated services.

The consultation on on workforce elements of phase 2 implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 is open until 16 October.

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