BDA Wales Board cautiously optimistic about Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care17 January 2018
The British Dietetic Association Wales Board, which represents dietitians and the dietetic profession throughout Wales, welcomes the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales published yesterday (16th January). The Parliamentary Review was tasked with looking at the long term sustainability of health and care services in Wales and makes ten high level recommendations. It draws on a year of evidence gathering and engagement exercises with patients, healthcare professionals and professional bodies, including the BDA.
The review calls for bold action to create “one seamless system” delivered through new models that provide care closer to home. Dietitians will be essential in the delivery of these new models, and already fully the support the once for Wales by working as a Wales wide profession.
The review also wants to “put the people in control” by ensuring everyone in Wales has a voice and control in their health and care service. It urges a significant increase in support for front line services, local leadership and evidence based practice, and calls on services to harness innovation and new technologies to provide more effective care.
The Board was particularly pleased to see a commitment to enriching the wellbeing, capability and engagement of Wales’ health and social care workforce within the new “Quadruple Aim”. Dietitians will have a key training and support role to help the health and social care workfroce to optimise nutrition care. While patients and communities should always be at the heart of our health services, it is vital that the hard working professionals on which the service relies are supported to be the best that they can be. This will allow dietitians and other healthcare professionals to deliver the other three aspects of the Quadruple Aim by focusing on prevention, improving patient experience and increasing the efficiency of health and care.
BDA Wales Board Chair Caroline Bovey said; “This is a positive document which recognises the good work and innovative practice that already exists within Wales while clearly identifying the ways in which we can improve further. We strongly believe dietitians and the wider Allied Health Professions workforce have an important part to play in the achieving all ten of the recommendations made by the review.
“However, we hope the Welsh Government will now take the steps necessary to ensure that the bold vision set out within this document can become a reality.”
Notes to editors
- The full Parliamentary Review and supporting documents can be found here.
- Follow the BDA Wales Board on twitter - @BDA_WalesBoard
The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,000 members.
Dietitians are highly qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. They are statutorily regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), alongside other Allied Health Professions.
Dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. They work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government and global industry to local communities and individuals.