£95m to support education and training of healthcare workers in Wales

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A £95m package to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales, has been unveiled by the Welsh Government.

The money will help nurses, physiotherapists and radiographers, and provide a range of health science training opportunities.

The Welsh Government says it will enable more than 3,000 new students to study healthcare related courses across Wales.

We rely on the skills, knowledge and experience of those providing the care in the NHS on a daily basis.

Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

The £95m is in addition to funding already in place for nursing, and will provide an additional 13% increase in nursing training places, while midwifery place will increase by 40%, according to the Welsh Government.

An extra £500,000 will be available to support community healthcare.

Practice and district nurse education, as well as audiology training places, will also increase within primary and community settings.

The government say this 'will provide vital funding for community services and will ensure many more patients can be cared for closer to home, rather than in hospital'.

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Education and training is fundamental to ensuring the sustainability of our workforce.

Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

The funding will invest in non-medical education and training for nurses, physiotherapists and radiographers.

The Royal College of Nursing in Wales is delighted with this news. The Welsh Government is clearly ‘stepping up to the plate’ regarding the necessity to address long-standing staffing pressures within the NHS in Wales, and its responsibility for playing a part in addressing those pressures. The additional investment in the education of District Nurses, Community Psychiatric Nurses and Practice Nurses is particularly welcomed. The RCN in Wales has argued for years now 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.

Peter Meredith-Smith, Associate Director, Royal College of Nursing Wales