Nursing is at the heart of health and social care in Wales

Nursing cares for people at every stage of life across every setting. Our members provide care in birth and pregnancy, in schools, homes, prisons and hospitals. Our members provide and oversee complex care arrangements, give advice and support, manage nursing teams and wards, prescribe treatments and medication, promote people’s recovery and maintain their independence and work to reduce health inequalities within society.

Denise Llewelyn MBE FRCN, Chair of the RCN Wales Board and Helen Whyley, Director of RCN Wales

Nursing Saves Lives – Actions for the next Welsh Government

The next Welsh government must:

Ensure safe and effective nursing care – and enough nurses to deliver

Safe nursing care saves lives – the next Welsh Government must extend section 25B of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 to children’s and mental health inpatient wards and to community nursing.

The next Welsh Government must increase the number of commissioned nurse student places in all fields of nursing. Ensure financial support for fulltime nursing students and create a national nursing apprenticeship scheme.

The next Welsh Government must ensure a national nursing retention strategy for the NHS with increased access to flexible working as one of the policy drivers.
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The next Welsh government must:

Invest in community nursing and care homes

The next Welsh Government must increase the number of district nurses and nurses with a community master’s degree. Increase the number of infection prevention and control nurses working in the community. Invest in IT support for community nursing.

The next Welsh Government must work to equalise pay, terms and conditions between health and social care.

The next Welsh Government must launch a national campaign to raise the profile of Registered Nurses in care homes and encourage student nurse placements in care homes.

The next Welsh Government must work with the UK Government to ensure the immigration system encourages the international nursing workforce to immigrate to Wales.

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The next Welsh government must:

Invest in community nursing and care homes

The next Welsh Government must increase the number of district nurses and nurses with a community master’s degree. Increase the number of infection prevention and control nurses working in the community. Invest in IT support for community nursing.

The next Welsh Government must work to equalise pay, terms and conditions between health and social care.

The next Welsh Government must launch a national campaign to raise the profile of Registered Nursing in care homes and encourage student nurse placements in care homes.

The next Welsh Government must work with the UK Government to ensure the immigration system encourages the international nursing workforce to immigrate to Wales.

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The next Welsh government must:

Support mental health and wellbeing

The next Welsh Government must increase access to psychological therapies in primary care settings, invest in social prescribing and introduce strategies to develop emotional resilience in pre-16 education.

The next Welsh Government must increase the number of places commissioned for mental health nursing students.

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The next Welsh government must:

Improve public health and fight to end health inequalities

The next Welsh Government must promote and invest physical activity schemes, such as the National Exercise Referral Scheme, bike ‘hire’ and walk/cycle to work schemes. Fund initiatives aimed at increasing participation of women, older people and BAME groups.

The next Welsh Government must make it a statutory requirement for schools to deliver sexual health education via health professionals specifically educated in providing sexual health education and ensure investment in sexual health services by Health Boards.

The next Welsh Government must support and invest in maintaining a comprehensive test track and trace programme and support a vaccination programme at the appropriate time. Invest in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) procurement and storage in Wales.

The next Welsh Government must expand access to public broadband and invest in communication technology for healthcare services. Improve access, frequency and cleanliness of public transport.

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The next Welsh government must:

Improve public health and fight to end health inequalities

The next Welsh Government must promote and invest physical activity schemes, such as the National Exercise Referral Scheme, bike ‘hire’ and walk/cycle to work schemes. Fund initiatives aimed at increasing participation of women, older people and BAME groups.

The next Welsh Government must make it a statutory requirement for schools to deliver sexual health education via health professionals specifically educated in providing sexual health education and ensure investment in sexual health services by Health Boards.

The next Welsh Government must support and invest in maintaining a comprehensive test track and trace programme and support a vaccination programme at the appropriate time. Invest in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) procurement and storage in Wales.

The next Welsh Government must expand access to public broadband and invest in communication technology for healthcare services. Improve access, frequency and cleanliness of public transport.

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The next Welsh government must:

Value nursing –
Fair pay and access to CPD

All political parties should make a clear public statement of intent that the valued contribution of all nursing staff, whatever their grade or setting will be reflected in future conversations about pay.

The next Welsh Government must improve pay and terms and conditions for nursing. All nursing staff, including those working in social care, to have fair pay, good employment terms and safe working conditions. This should compare fairly across all settings.

The next Welsh Government must ensure CPD uptake for nurses and nursing staff is improved.

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