Wales: staff training budget increases for fifth year in a row

08 February 2019

The Welsh Government is to increase its investment in education and training for healthcare professionals in the next financial year by £7m – its fifth consecutive annual rise.

Overall, it will invest £114m in education and training places to support a range of roles including health visitors, nurses and midwives. However, it will not mean an increase in training places for nurses.

Since 2014, there has been a 68% increase in overall nurse training places. Health visitor training places have increased by 88%, and a 43% increase in midwifery training places last year will be maintained.

The new money is intended to support advanced practice/extended skills programmes and healthcare support worker development.

Health secretary Vaughan Gething said: ‘This record level of funding will support the highest ever number of training opportunities in Wales.’

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