Welsh hospitals are understaffed and overstretched. Over two-thirds of trainees report regular and frequent rota gaps, almost one-third of advertised consultant posts go unfilled, and absence due to sickness is rising. As 120 doctors and health professionals gather today (Thursday 9 May) in Deeside for the Royal College of Physician’s (RCP) second north Wales conference, the college has published a new report which showcases several innovative case studies and suggests how things could be improved in the future.
How does treating the health of the population provide value in healthcare? Dr Chris Packham, associate medical director of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, examines the changing attitude to population health in the NHS and how it needs to improve.