The Welsh Government has announced a £34m investment in primary care services, including the recruitment of GPs to North Wales and the development of practice pharmacists.
The majority of funding – more than £23m – will go directly to health boards and Public Health Wales to implement local primary care plans, improving access to GP services and move care out of hospitals and into the community. According to the Welsh Government, health boards are currently recruiting pharmacists to work within GP practices “where this is considered the most appropriate model for the practice/cluster.”
More than £5m will be invested in 19 new projects, which look at new ways of planning, organising and delivering the wide range of services which make up primary care, including:
• A new scheme to attract GPs to North Wales, including an extension to the Academic Fellows Scheme currently delivered through Cardiff University
• A mobile unit in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board staffed by a nurse and GP who will respond to emergency situations
• Pharmacists in Cwm Taf University Health Board will work closely with communities on an innovative Your Medicines Your Health initiative to improve individuals’ medicines management
The £34m of new funding for 2015-16 is in addition to the £6m for primary care services announced in January, which has been allocated directly to Wales’ 64 primary care clusters.