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Bevan Commission Plenary held in Swansea

1st Oct 2019

A prudent approach to health and care, and achieving sustainable improvements in the quality of services in NHS Wales, are just two of the topics that will be discussed at today’s Bevan Commission Plenary meeting.

The meeting, which is being held at the School of Management in Swansea University Bay Campus, brings together the internationally renowned Bevan Commissioners to discuss key areas of work and provide expert advice.

The Commissioners, who come from across the UK, aim to challenge and change current ways of working to ensure that Wales is best placed to sustain the health and care of the population through a prudent approach.

Today they will be looking in more detail at sustainable health and care, and a prudent approach to primary care being undertaken in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners. A proposal to begin new work around prudent mental health, led by Bevan Commissioner Dame Sue Bailey, will also be discussed.

Bevan Commission Director Helen Howson said, “We are really looking forward to this plenary meeting which will be building on our recent debate about sustainable health and care, and will provide an opportunity to discuss the core themes identified around rights and responsibilities, sustainable funding and the future workforce.

“As always the core thread of prudent healthcare will be running through our key areas of work and we’re delighted to have Dr Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, coming along to help inform our work and thinking to date on ‘A Quality System for Health in Wales’.

“The Bevan Commission is always looking to challenge the status quo and develop new thinking about health and care in Wales and we’re excited to also be able to consider a new focus on mental health and prudent healthcare. It should be an inspiring day.”

Prudent healthcare is at the heart of A Healthier Wales, Welsh Government's long-term plan for health and care, and is based on four key principles;

  • Achieve health and wellbeing with the public, patients and professionals as equal partners through co-production
  • Care for those with the greatest health need first, making most effective use of all skills and resources.
  • Do only what is needed – no more, no less – and do no harm.
  • Reduce inappropriate variation using evidence-based practices consistently and transparently.

The Bevan Commission hold quarterly plenary meetings and the next one will take place on December 12 in the Life Sciences Hub Wales, Cardiff.

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