Strategic review of undergraduate education

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Strategic review of undergraduate health professional education

HEIW commissions a wide range of health professional education provision such as nurse, physiotherapy and speech and language undergraduate training. The current contracts are due to expire in July 2021. In preparation for this and the awarding of new contracts, we have been reviewing what we need the new contracts to cover to ensure healthcare education meets the needs of patients and services in the future.  

As part of this review, and to ensure the contracts best fit with these needs, we engaged KPMG to independently advise on future education provision and configuration. To inform their work, KPMG engaged with 36 organisations and in excess of 120 individuals. Thank you to everyone who took part in the engagement.

In October, ahead of the final report, KPMG shared with us the emerging key themes from the review. These include: the ‘lotting’ of the education based on population needs across Wales, different models of delivery including distance and dispersed learning, specific inter-professional requirements and changes to the support for students in placement settings. 

KPMG have now issued their final report which includes 22 recommendations. These along with the key themes identified will shape the new health professional education contract in Wales focusing on:

  • HEIW developing its role in supporting newly qualified staff
  • Further develop a strategic role in placement provision
  • Local / regional approach to commissioning where appropriate
  • Building resilience in the system
  • Using technologies to enhance teaching, student support and placement preparation
  • Integrate the digital environment into learning
  • Develop education and training across the whole career pathway
  • Establish an enhanced approach to inter-professional education
  • Developing flexible routes
  • Closer tripartite working arrangements between HEIW, Health Boards and Universities
  • Improve responsiveness to Service Need/ WG Policy
  • Supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Dispersed Learning
  • Clinical Leadership

We are currently working through the report to identify where work is already being undertaken in relation to these themes and whether we need to do any further work. Once this has been carried out we will be sharing our finds and the report with the HEIW Board and stakeholders.

Further stakeholder events are also planned with potential interested bidders, health boards and trusts, and students from all universities to ensure the new education contract reflects shared priorities and is developed in partnership.

Forward look

January 2020

HEIW to meet with students to update them on the key themes and gather their feedback on the themes.

March 2020

Procurement engagement events prior to the launching of the procurement process to present the final undergraduate health professional education strategy to all potential bidders.

 

HEIW Team

Key members of the project team are listed below:

Stephen Griffiths - Nursing Director
Martin Riley – Head of Education, Commissioning & Quality
Chrissy Love – Deputy Head of Education, Commissioning & Quality
Denise Parish - Education Contracting Manager
Dawn Baker Lari - Education and Improvement Manager
Gemma Roscrow – Senior Category Manager, Procurement Services

For any further information regarding the procurement of this contract, please contact Gemma Roscrow – Gemma.Roscrow@Wales.nhs.uk or Francesca Havard Evans – Francesca.havard-evans@wales.nhs.uk  alternatively for HEIW enquiries please contact Martin Riley – Martin.Riley@wales.nhs.uk

 

N.B. In August, the Welsh Government announced it was extending the NHS Bursary for a further year while it considers longer term funding arrangements. As a result of this, we took the decision to extend the timescale of this review. The procurement process for the new contracts will now start in May 2020 to allow time for the outcome of the NHS bursary review and any changes to the funding system which may affect the tender specification. 

At the end of November 2019 the Welsh Government announced a further extension of the NHS Wales Bursary package for an additional two cohorts for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 academic years. This announcement provides certainty that for the next three academic years, Wales will continue to fund and support its future NHS workforce.

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