One of the primary functions of Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW) is to maintain a constant supply of registered healthcare professionals for NHS Wales (this includes all healthcare professionals except doctors and dentists who are funded directly by the Welsh Government).
Education contracting and commissioning is made up of two elements:
HEIW contracts mainly with the higher education sector for the provision of both undergraduate and post graduate healthcare training.
As the education commissioner for the NHS Wales non medical workforce, HEIW advises the Welsh Government each year of the required number of healthcare training places required to meet current and future NHS Wales workforce need. This includes both undergraduate and post graduate professional education.