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HSCS Committee releases report on winter preparedness

15 Dec 2016

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee releases its report on the inquiry into winter preparedness 2016/17

Following the release of the report, Tina Donnelly, Director RCN Wales, said: “The RCN welcomes this report as we contributed to the inquiry. The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee has listened to the RCN and other stakeholders’ concerns about winter pressures on the National Health Service."

“We welcome the recommendations around a need for greater integration of the health and social care sectors, both in the planning and delivery of services. We are pleased the report acknowledges the impact of the decline in District Nursing numbers have on the health service during the winter period and we agree with the committee that this is something which needs urgent attention from the Welsh Government.  However, we are disappointed that it was not included as a specific recommendation as improved workforce planning is needed to address the shortages of nurses, including consideration of increasing the numbers of pre-registration places, better coordination and management of clinical placements."

"In addition, we expected to see a specific recommendation on the need to increase investment in primary care teams (including nurse practitioners with independent prescribing) and the need to invest in community health care services in general (including the numbers of District Nurses and Rapid Response teams)."

"The report does reflects our concerns around the professional and support needs of independent sector nurses, many of whom may be the single qualified nurse in a care home, and our call for more integrated training with local health boards."

"It is vital that people in Wales, together with those involved in health and social care combine their perceived needs into a combining force for action and sustainability to ensure safe, relevant health and social care delivery.”