The Welsh Government has announced plans to support several education and training programmes for healthcare professionals, with a £95m funding package.
The funding will facilitate opportunities for more than 3,000 additional students to study healthcare courses across Wales. The money will also help nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists and provide several health training opportunities.
Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary said:
“We rely on the skills, knowledge and experience of those providing the care in the NHS on a daily basis. This includes nurses and paramedics as well as those behind the scenes, who provide vital support services such as laboratory tests to enable diagnoses to be made and “treatment to be provided”.
There is funding already in place for nursing in addition to the £95. According the Welsh Government nursing training places will increase by 13% and Midwifery places will increase by 40%.
Practice and district nurse education and audiolology training places will also benefit from an extra £500,000, resulting in the number of training places increasing in primary and community settings.
Mr Gething says:
“Education and training is fundamental to ensuring the sustainability of our workforce. This £95m investment will ensure that our healthcare professionals are able to provide high quality care now and in the future and that patients’ will be able to receive care closer to home”.
Swansea and Bangor universities will be able to offer additional places for medical students wanting to train to become Physicians. The funding will enable Swansea to offer 20 further paces and Bangor an extra 12.
The funding will also enable hospital and community training to be integrated. The Welsh Government has said this ‘vital funding’ will allow for patient care to be improved, enabling more people to be treated and cared for closer to home rather than having to travel to hospitals.