1. ITV Report

Culture of 'steady and sustained improvement' in Welsh NHS

An annual report which looks at the way the NHS in Wales is working has found there is a 'culture of steady and sustained improvement'.

It's the third report from NHS Wales' chief executive Dr Andrew Goodall, which examines the improvements and challenges over the past twelve months.

The statement does recommend work needs to be done in improving cancer care. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

But the statement also recommends work needs to be done in improving cancer care and that health and care needs to be delivered more consistently across Wales.

The report also doesn't reflect the issue with A&E waiting times and the pressures associated with emergency care.

The report also doesn't reflect the issue with A&E waiting times. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/PA Images

Innovations detailed in the report include a unique form of plastic surgery, which is helping to improve quality of life for lymphoedema patients.

Wales is the only place in the UK to offer the procedure, funded through the Welsh Government's Health Technology fund. It means patients don't need compression garments, reducing costs to the NHS.

In addition, more than 150 new staff have been recruited, and new services, to improve child and adolescent mental health services across Wales, have been created.

Crisis intervention teams are now available outside normal working hours, and early intervention in psychosis teams are caring for 15 to 24-year-olds with severe mental illness.

Passionate and committed NHS staff are leading improvements in healthcare services across Wales, services used by thousands of people every week; the Annual Quality Statement takes a look at just some of these improvements, but also looks at what we need to do next.

I want to challenge the NHS to keep on improving; to work to provide care that is truly centred on the individual patient, and to ensure health and care are delivered to the same high standards consistently across Wales.

– Dr Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive NHS Wales

Ian Lang reports: