Doing Things Differently: our tough choices for health and care in Wales 2021 and beyond.
We're reaching out to engage with health and care professionals, patients and the public from across Wales for a new series of online discussion events called Doing Things Differently.
The events will discuss the tough choices facing health and care in Wales as it responds to and recovers from Covid 19 now and in the future.
Five online discussion events will be held in January, February and March and will aim to find innovative workable solutions to the challenges ahead.
The event will feature people from across Wales, including the health and care spokespeople from the main political parties, all of whom will be asked to put forward their ideas and thoughts.
This will be underpinned by detailed research of the current situation facing health and social care in Wales including key areas of concern such as the rise in waiting times, tackling the backlog and the socio-economic impact on health and wellbeing.
The key question the Commission will be asking is ‘What would you do differently?’ as it focuses on difficult issues such as the rise in waiting lists, supply and demand, and moving services into the community. It will also look at the role of technology in supporting change and improving care and outcomes for patients.
The first two events on January 26 and 27, will focus on how we might manage the backlog of care and what services could be transferred from hospitals into the community.
Event one will feature a wide range of participants from across health and social care and event two will be a discussion with an expert group of clinicians.
The three panel discussion events that follow this will be led by the Commission in partnership with the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA), the Welsh NHS Confederation, Social Care Wales and the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales. The IWA's involvement in this event is supported by the Carnegie UK Trust as part of its Rethinking Wales series.
Our event on February 4 looked at the wider picture, outside of the NHS itself, that is having a big impact on population health and wellbeing including; unemployment, poverty, inequality, social care and mental health. Watch the session recording below:
The February 11 event will look at the key issue of supply and demand and how this impacts all care; primary, secondary and social. It will also look at how we make health and care services more prudent and how we need to do things differently, providing care closer to home.
Ahead of the Senedd election, the fifth and final event of the series will be on March 4 and will invite health and care spokespeople from each of the political parties in Wales to answer key questions about the difficult decisions to be made and set out their manifesto commitments. What will they do differently?
Following the engagement events, the Commission will collate, analyse and evaluate the feedback and produce an initial report in early Spring 2021.
Working closely with our partners
We're delivering this series of events in partnership with the Institute of Welsh Affairs, the Welsh NHS Confederation, Social Care Wales and the Community Health Councils in Wales.