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RCN Wales 'delighted' by Welsh Government's investment to train healthcare professionals in Wales

20 Feb 2017

£95 million is due to be invested to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales

Peter Meredith-Smith, Associate Director (Employment Relations) welcomed this announcement:

"The Royal College of Nursing in Wales is delighted with this news. The Welsh Government is clearly ‘stepping up to the plate’ regarding the necessity to address long-standing staffing pressures within the NHS in Wales, and its responsibility for playing a part in addressing those pressures. The additional investment in the education of District Nurses, Community Psychiatric Nurses and Practice Nurses is particularly welcomed. The RCN in Wales has argued for years now that investment in community staffing infrastructure in Wales has not kept pace with changing models of care across the country, with a shift of care from hospitals to community settings."

"Clearly it will take a few years for the full effects of this investment to fully bear fruit, with a time-lag between the new money flowing into the system and nurses completing their education and training. However, the impact of this announcement on the morale of frontline staff should not be under-estimated."

"With last year’s introduction of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act we have been given a vital chance to change the landscape of the nursing workforce in Wales for the better. By increasing investment in clinical staff, the Welsh Government is enabling some of the necessary staffing capacity for such positive and significant service change and improvement."

"T
he priority now is for education providers across Wales and the NHS in Wales to ensure that this investment is well used to improve the quality and sustainability of services to Welsh citizens. RCN in Wales is committed to playing its part to this end."