Next steps for primary care in Wales: access, innovation and transformation

Thursday, 6th July 2017
Central Cardiff

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This seminar will focus on the next steps for primary care in Wales and will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders as the Welsh Government’s Plan for primary care services in Wales up to March 2018 is coming to an end and with the next stage of primary care policy being developed.

It also comes as services across Wales face substantial pressures and look to new ways of working to address these issues and as the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee carries out its inquiry into primary care.

Delegates will discuss the role of different primary care services within the provision of care and the extent to which greater co-operation between branches of primary care could improve access and reduce workforce shortages.

They will also consider the potential for innovation within primary care to transform the provision of services.  This includes the continuing development of GP Clusters and Multidisciplinary Teams, the success of schemes such as Choose Pharmacy in allowing pharmacists to play a greater role within primary care and the extent to which technological advancements within patient records, appointments and remote consultations are relieving pressures on services.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Evaluating the success of the National Plan for a Primary Care Service and next steps for primary care provision;
  • Developing the GP workforce and contract to support the delivery of high quality services;
  • Addressing challenges facing primary care including access to services, staff shortages and limited resources;
  • Assessing the development of the cluster model in Wales;
  • ‘The role of primary care within NHS Wales: perspectives from inspection’; and
  • Transformation, service redesign and best practice within primary care.


Dr Kate Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales; Dr Karen Gully, Medical Director, Powys Teaching Health Board and former Senior Medical Officer, Welsh Government; Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair, General Practitioners Committee Wales and Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair, RCGP Wales.

Further confirmed speakers include: Robert Caine, Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist, Primary Care, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board; Katrina Clarke, Chair, Welsh General Dental Practice Committee, BDA Wales; Dr Jane Harrison, Lead GP Adviser, Primary and Community Care Development and Innovation Hub, Public Health Wales; Jamie Hayes, Director, Welsh Medicines Resource Centre; Clare Jenkins, Joint Acting Chief Executive, Board of Community Health Councils in Wales; Dr Gareth Llewelyn, Vice President for Wales, RCP; Professor Marcus Longley, Director, Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care and Professor of Applied Health Policy, University of South Wales; Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Chair, RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board and a senior speaker confirmed from NHS Wales Informatics Service.

Dr Dai Lloyd AM, Chair, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee and Mike Hedges AM, Member, Cross-Party Group on Nursing and Midwifery have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.


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 parliamentary pass-holders from the National Assembly for Wales and officials from the HIW; HSE; Wales Audit Office and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Action on Hearing Loss (RNID); Aneurin Bevan University Health Board; BASW Cymru; BCUHB; Cancer Research & Genetics Uk; Coeliac UK; Cwm Taf University Health Board; Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales (FTWW); Macmillan Framework for Cancer in Primary Care; MS Society Cymru; NHS – 111 Programme; NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights; NHS Wales; NHS Wales Health Collaborative; NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership; Ontex Healthcare; PRIME Centre Wales; Roche Diagnostics; Service User; Solutions 4 Health; Specsavers; Texthelp and The Pernicious Anaemia Society.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use the online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Next steps for primary care in Wales: access, innovation and transformation (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 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.
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