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Working with NHS Wales

Promoting health and welfare with special reference to the needs of Wales is recognised as a vitally important role of the University and one which is fulfilled via a strongly inter-disciplinary and multi-partnership approach. 

Central among our partners in this all-Wales role is the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, with which the University is linked at all levels.  The mutual dependency between the University and the NHS in Wales is illustrated clearly by the fact that the teaching of health care professionals takes place in  more than 150 hospitals located across all the health authorities in Wales.   

In addition to this contribution to the University’s health related undergraduate and pre-registration training programmes, the NHS looks to the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education to organise all postgraduate education and in-service training for doctors and dentists in Wales.  To some extent, a similar responsibility falls upon Schools of Nursing and Midwifery and Healthcare Studies. The Welsh School of Pharmacy, including the Welsh Centre for Postgraduate Pharmaceutical Education, provides continuing education to support the professional development of all pharmacists serving the NHS in Wales.  Similarly, the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is also the only school of its kind in Wales and contributes to many aspects of eye and healthcare in Wales, including the provision of continuing professional development to optometrists in Wales.

Collaboration and partnership with other institutions of higher education also has a major part to play in fulfilling this all-Wales role. The development of clinical schools at Swansea, North Wales and Gwent represent genuine multi-agency partnerships involving not only the University and the NHS but higher education institutions in Bangor, Wrexham and Swansea.

Contributing to evidence-baced policy development through relevant health related research and providing expert guidance and advice to the Welsh Assembly Government and other organisations responsible for health care is yet another aspect of the all-Wales role.

The importance which the University attaches to this area of its work is made clear in its strategic planning statements, which give prominent reference to the intention to: further develop the health and education partnership with NHS Wales; to build on the existing network to influence health and social care policy addressing particular problems prevalent in Wales; to develop the University’s links with individual NHS Trusts and local health boards and to form partnerships with other institutions of higher education in Wales.

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