More funding for medical training in Wales welcomed by AM

An £80m funding package to pay for more than 2,000 new students and the securing of training for more than 6,100 current students, has been warmly welcomed by Labour’s Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones.

Ms Jones said: “Recruitment of clinical staff has been difficult in Wales and we know that the more students that train in Wales – the more likely they are to stay and practice in Wales.

“This exciting new funding will enable more Welsh students to train at Welsh medical schools”.

The £80m funding will support the education and training of the next generation of healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives, radiographers, paramedics and pharmacists. The number of training places funded is based on workforce plans developed by NHS organisations and has been discussed with healthcare unions and representatives.

The funding will build upon the work already undertaken to develop healthcare support workers in Wales, support the Fitness to Practice programme to ensure overseas nurses who want to gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and support additional advanced practitioners across a range of professions