Welsh Labour’s Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has visited the RCN Congress in Liverpool to encourage nurses from across the UK and the world to consider a career in Wales. Wales swept the boards at nursing and midwifery awards earlier in the year. The RCNi Nurse of the Year, Community Nurse and Healthcare Assistant Awards were all won by nursing staff from Wales; the RCM Midwife of the Year and the Journal of Health Visiting Health Visitor of the Year were also won by Welsh nurses and midwives.

The Welsh Labour Government has ensured that Wales continues to offer NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in 2018/19 and professional development continues to be supported.

Investment in nursing education continues and the number of nurses working in NHS Wales continues to increase year on year. Wales is also the first country in Europe to legislate on nurse staffing areas; empowering nurses and ensuring the resources are in place to care sensitively for patients