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12th November 2014

Wales' first National Provider Summit hailed a success

The first National Provider Summit in Wales, jointly organised by Care Forum Wales and Cymorth Cymru, has been praised by health minister Mark Drakeford in a speech at the conference held on November 11 in Cardiff.

More than 150 people attended the summit which also saw Andrew Goodall, the chief executive of NHS Wales, use his speech to address the issue of nurse shortages in the independent sector.

The health minister also praised the role of Care Forum Wales in helping to push the 'commissioning for quality' agenda in social care and the appointment of former social services minister Gwenda Thomas as president of the Academy of Care Practitioners.

Senior policy adviser for Care Forum Wales, Mary Wimbury, said: "The health minister was pleased that no issues of neglector safeguarding had been picked up in the recent Residential Care Review by the Older People's Commissioner for Wales. He also made it clear that he wants to move the agenda beyond compliance and towards commissioning for quality, in line with Care Forum Wales' view.

"He also praised the fact that we'd worked together with Cymorth Cymru to organise this event and he made it clear that he sees us as partners in delivering the future agenda," she added.

There are hopes that the summit will now become an annual event.




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