The Bevan Commission has begun an important programme of work to find out ways of overcoming the challenges facing health and care in Wales as it responds to and recovers from Covid 19, now and in the future.
Wales’ leading health and care think tank will be holding a series of engagement events with health and care professionals, patients and the public to gain their views on the changes that will need to be made moving forwards.
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.
To kick off the programme of work, the Commission has launched an online survey and would like to hear from as many people as possible.
The survey ‘Key Priorities for NHS Wales 2021’ asks three questions and the closing date for responses is January 31 2021.
Bevan Commission Director Helen Howson said, “There are tough choices ahead for health and care in Wales as we continue to respond to the Covid 19 pandemic, recover from it and refocus.
“We will have to do things differently and the Commission really wants your input to ensure we have a clear understanding of the views of both people and professionals in helping to find solutions that will work in the future ‘.’
The responses to the survey will be used to help inform work moving forwards including two engagement events that will be taking place on January 26 and 27.
The first will involve an expert group of clinicians from across NHS Wales and the second, a wider group of health and care staff, patients and the public. Both sessions will look in more detail at the challenges and ways of moving forwards.
The survey and discussion sessions will inform two papers from the Commission that will include recommendations for the future.