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Revealed by Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, healthcare professionals will have access to greater training opportunities in Wales due to a major funding boost.

Supporting health professional education and training for the sixth consecutive year, the Welsh Government has announced that £127.8 million will be invested in 2020/21. This equates to a 13 percent increase from 2019/20 which is an extra £15 million for education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales.

This major funding boost will support the highest ever number of training opportunities in Wales, which applies to nurses, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists, amongst others. According to Vaughan, a well-trained workforce is essential to providing sustainable high-quality care to people across Wales and improving standards in the Welsh health service.

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Alongside the increased training places, the Welsh Government is also helping the NHS meet increasing demands by encouraging young people to take up health professions and by recruiting outside Wales, supported by the Government’s ‘Train, Work, Live’ campaign.

Vaughan said: “I am very pleased to increase training places once again for nurses, midwives and many other health professions that are the backbone of our health service. This record level of funding will support the highest ever number of training opportunities for health professionals in Wales.

“All these additional training places will increase the capacity of the workforce to help the NHS respond to the challenges facing it now and in the future.”

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