£95m to support education and training programmes for healthcare

Wales has announced a £95m support package aimed to help with education and training programmes for healthcare professionals.

Vaughan Gething, Health Secretary said that this financial help will support nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers and many more in the health care industry to get more training and education.

He also stated that it will help get 3,000 new students studying healthcare in Wales.

An amount of £500,000 is included in the grant, intendede for community healthcare.

The associate director of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Peter Meredith-Smith, stated that the RCN had argued for a long time 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 front-line staff should not be under-estimated”, he was quoted saying.