Revealed: £100m Health Fund For Wales

Health Secretary reveals plan to transform NHS in Wales.

The £100m fund has been announced as part of the budget, will help to deliver the recommendations of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care, published last month.
The review, chaired by Dr Ruth Hussey, makes a number of recommendations on how to meet the challenges facing health and social care services in the years ahead. It recommends bold new models of care with services organised around the individual and their family, as close to home as possible.
Speaking at the NHS Confederation today (Wednesday, 7 February) Mr Gething told  the audience of health professionals that he expects to see new, bold and innovative ways of delivering services to secure a sustainable future for the NHS in Wales.
"This additional funding takes our investment in the NHS beyond what the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation said was needed to maintain core health services. It will not be used to offset pressures in the system that should be managed through increases in efficiency from the additional funding already allocated. 
The Transformation Fund will be heavily targeted at driving forward those changes to health and social care services that the Parliamentary Review said were needed. The focus will be on using the funding for a small number of programmes that can have the greatest impact in developing and delivering new models of transformed services. 
It will be used to improve population health, drive forward integration of health and care services, focus on building primary care services, provide care closer to home, and provide some support to transforming hospital-based care."

Philippa Ford, CSP public affairs and policy manager for Wales said: "The physiotherapy profession welcomes this additional funding and is pleased to see the focus includes transforming primary and community care services.
"Physios have much to offer in transforming services here including First Contact Physiotherapy roles in General Practice, and providing rehabilitation and re-enablement in community resource teams within primary care." 

Helen Whyley, Associate Director (Employment Relations),  Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said:  "The Royal College of Nursing in Wales welcomes the Cabinet Secretary's announcement of an additional £100m for health and social care in Wales. This funding must be invested in transforming the NHS in Wales to provide better facilities and resources and not propping up existing budgets and duplicating current services. Duplication does not empower wide spread innovation. 
"Meeting the financial challenges and public expectation of the NHS is a tough challenge and this additional funding is a positive first step to be used to start the implementation of the Parliament Review recommendations. The Review sets out the importance of focusing on improved workforce planning and recruitment and retention of staff. We expected to see these recommendations central in the way the funding is used.
"The momentum must be maintained and the Welsh Government must continuously review the support and resources needed to transform services so that in future, every patient can receive the right care, from the right person, in the right place in the right time. 
"Nurses and health care support workers are passionate about the quality of the care they deliver and are powerful advocates for their patients. Increasing integration between Health and social care in local communities is the right approach to better meeting the needs of the population. Nurses have a critical role in these services and we have highlighted in particular the importance in investing in practice nurses, district nurses, learning disability nurses and nurses caring for the older person. 
"Some of the most exciting developments in health care in recent years have taken place outside of hospitals. Nursing has been at the forefront of shaping new services to meet better the needs of patients and the public in the 21st century."   

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