A recent announcement by the Welsh Government to invest £100m to transform the delivery of care in Wales has been warmly welcomed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales.
Responding to the announcement, Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Chair of the RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board said: “We recognise that radical and sustainable transformation of care can only be achieved through investment in new and innovative services, above and beyond the existing allocation of resources. The announcement of the £100m Transformation Fundis welcome news and offers a realistic and pragmatic way forward for redesigning and implementing new models of care.
"We are determined that pharmacists must be part of transformative solutions in Wales, ensuring the expertise of the professions is fully embedded in the multi professional delivery of care. We will be making representations to the Welsh Government to outline where pharmacy innovation makes a difference across the care pathway from prevention of illness to acute care. It is critical that the voice of the profession is heard now so we can appropriately recalibrate the delivery of pharmaceutical care and ensure greater benefits for our patients in Wales”.
Making the announcement at the annual conference of the Welsh NHS Confederation, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing, Vaughan Gething, gave his commitment that this significant investment would be used to address the systemic challenges facing the deliveryof health and social care in Wales. The announcement follows the recent publication of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care, and provides the first clear indication of the Welsh Government’s determination to radically change and improve care by investing in new, bold and innovative ways of delivering services to secure a sustainable future for the NHS in Wales.During his keynote speech to the NHS Confederation audience, Mr Gething stated clearly that the new monies would not be used to offset current pressures in the system, but that the investment would be targeted at a small number of programmes that will have the greatest impact on developing and transforming models of care.
He said the fund “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.”