Head of College to sit on NHS Review Panel

Professor Ceri Phillips, Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences and professor of health economics at Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE) has been selected to take part in a review panel that will consider workforce and pay issues within the NHS in Wales.

In a statement made last week, Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services announced that the Professor Phillips would sit on the panel alongside Dr Clare Gerada, partner in the Hurley Group, London and former chair of the council of the Royal College of General Practitioners; Professor Stuart Cole, emeritus professor of transport, University of South Wales and Martin Mansfield, secretary to the Workforce Partnership Council trade union side, trade union leader on the Council for Economic Renewal and General Secretary, Wales TUC.

The review panel will be chaired by David Jenkins, chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

The review will consider:

  • The identification of new models of service delivery, which are at the forefront of the integration of health and social care together with an analysis of the barriers experienced by such models and associated ways of working;
  • The workforce of the future; the staff and skill mix the NHS needs to ensure people receive high-quality care as close to their homes as possible;
  • Areas of efficiency, taking into account the principles of prudent healthcare to help address the long-term financial challenge between 2016-17 and 2025-26, as identified in the Nuffield Trust report A Decade of Austerity in Wales?; and
  • The long-term strategic direction for pay and reward for people currently covered by the UK Agenda for Change (and executive and senior posts) contract terms and conditions. This will include the affordability of future pay and rewards within the context of the Nuffield Trust report A Decade of Austerity in Wales?; and the approach to considering, determining and setting future pay and rewards.

Of the appointments, Mark Drakeford said: “Each of the members have been carefully selected to ensure the review panel has a wide range of experience, abilities and competencies – both from within and outside the health arena.”

Professor Phillips said: “It is a privilege to have been invited to be a member of the Panel established to explore key issues relating to workforce and service delivery in health and social care in Wales. The opportunity to contribute to informing strategic direction is one that represents an exciting challenge in meeting the health and social care needs of current and future generations, while further advancing the prudent healthcare agenda to engineer a change in attitudes, behaviour, culture and thinking within the health and social care system that will lead to innovation and transformation in practice and provision of services.”