Hywel Dda Health Board achieves University status

Welsh Health Minister Professor Mark Drakeford has announced that Hywel Dda has achieved the status of University Local Health Board.

During a visit to the region on Thursday, the Minister confirmed the health board has demonstrated its close work with Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea, Swansea Metropolitan and Aberystwyth Universities and University of Wales Trinity St David across a wide range of subjects including education, research and development.

The relationships are mutually fruitful and often innovative and provide significant benefits to healthcare, education and research, they said.

Mr Drakeford said: “The change in name reflects a real commitment to excellence in terms of partnership with higher education, the quality of services provided and overall performance.”

Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive Professor Trevor Purt said: “Hywel Dda has made significant progress over the last 12 months with the establishment of an Innovation Board to direct research activities and the appointment of a Chair of Rural Health. This has senior University membership and will help find solutions to the challenges in relation to rural health that will potentially have worldwide influence.

“We already have a positive reputation for research and we have attracted significant funding to support this work. To demonstrate our commitment to research and to help attract high quality candidates to posts we recently opened a Research Department and Laboratory within Prince Philip Hospital to ensure that our facilities match our ambitions.

“These developments show how we intend to take forward our links in the future and show our commitment to nurturing and maintaining the already strong links we have with local Universities.”

A review of the health board’s status will be undertaken every three years, starting in 2016, to ensure the criteria continues to be met and there is clear evidence of continual improvement in the quality of care being provided and patient outcomes, through their partnership working with the Universities.

“I am delighted that Hywel Dda Health Board has been successful in its application for University Health Board Status” said Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). “The University already works closely with Hywel Dda in developing innovative, evidence based and sustainable responses to the challenges of delivering an effective rural health system. As a multi-level education provider the UWTSD Group can offer the opportunity to develop jointly a unified accredited programme of training and career enhancement opportunities through further and higher education for those in the health and social care sectors in the region”.

Professor Kate Bullen, Director of the Institute of Human Sciences at Aberystwyth University said, “I am extremely pleased that Aberystwyth University has been able to been able to contribute to the successful attainment of University Health Board status by Hywel Dda Health Board. Aberystwyth has developed a range of significant and important innovative projects with Hywel Dda since we signed our Memorandum of Understanding two years ago. "I am confident that these initiatives in the areas of research, service and work force development, and public engagement will continue to benefit both organisations in the future.”

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8:56pm Sat 14 Dec 13

nomeames says...

Not April Fool day yet !!! This must be a joke?
Not April Fool day yet !!! This must be a joke? nomeames

10:17pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Tttoommy says...

The politicians think that using this spin (or PR) they'll look better - we know the NHS in wales is a hell of a lot worse than the rest of the UK thanks to mismanagement. - what they should do is to start investigations into failures in Wales

Do they think we're stupid? YES

Anyone with any sense will IF they're given a diagnosis of a serious illness will IMMEDIATELY sign on with an english GP IF they want a better chance of living
The politicians think that using this spin (or PR) they'll look better - we know the NHS in wales is a hell of a lot worse than the rest of the UK thanks to mismanagement. - what they should do is to start investigations into failures in Wales Do they think we're stupid? YES Anyone with any sense will IF they're given a diagnosis of a serious illness will IMMEDIATELY sign on with an english GP IF they want a better chance of living Tttoommy

11:47am Sun 15 Dec 13

Gogledd says...

Totally agree, its almost laughable if it wasnt so serious. Die in Wales...live in England..woops!!...s
orry Welsh Govt did I say that....I wish these plonkers would wake up...its almost as bad or as good as Monty Python....you can almost script an episode of the Goons couldnt you...with spike and Co...saying..."Ive got a good idea...what is that?...lets make it a University Hospital...ooooh Goodie...and so on......
Totally agree, its almost laughable if it wasnt so serious. Die in Wales...live in England..woops!!...s orry Welsh Govt did I say that....I wish these plonkers would wake up...its almost as bad or as good as Monty Python....you can almost script an episode of the Goons couldnt you...with spike and Co...saying..."Ive got a good idea...what is that?...lets make it a University Hospital...ooooh Goodie...and so on...... Gogledd

11:49am Sun 15 Dec 13

Gogledd says...

I forgot Harry Seacombe...he could play a WG minister.....
I forgot Harry Seacombe...he could play a WG minister..... Gogledd

6:46pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Harrygrayballs says...

If people are not happy with the healthcare that they receive in their own locality the option is available to move house to an area where their
perception of healthcare quality is better.The grass is always greener......
If people are not happy with the healthcare that they receive in their own locality the option is available to move house to an area where their perception of healthcare quality is better.The grass is always greener...... Harrygrayballs

8:16pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Tttoommy says...

Harrygrayballs wrote:
If people are not happy with the healthcare that they receive in their own locality the option is available to move house to an area where their
perception of healthcare quality is better.The grass is always greener......
I'd suggest it's more than "perception" - Official figures for life expectancy, death rates from cancers, heart attacks, strokes and other diseases is not made up just by malcontents who think Hywel Dda and all other Welsh NHS trusts are consistently worse than most English NHS trusts (and this is despite until the latest Welsh Labour Gov. cuts the Welsh NHS had a higher budget per "customer")


Unbelievable - Do you really believe what you posted Harry?
[quote][p][bold]Harrygrayballs[/bold] wrote: If people are not happy with the healthcare that they receive in their own locality the option is available to move house to an area where their perception of healthcare quality is better.The grass is always greener......[/p][/quote]I'd suggest it's more than "perception" - Official figures for life expectancy, death rates from cancers, heart attacks, strokes and other diseases is not made up just by malcontents who think Hywel Dda and all other Welsh NHS trusts are consistently worse than most English NHS trusts (and this is despite until the latest Welsh Labour Gov. cuts the Welsh NHS had a higher budget per "customer") Unbelievable - Do you really believe what you posted Harry? Tttoommy

9:57pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Gogledd says...

Sorry Harry, but not everyone has the money to move into a post code beneficial area.
Sorry Harry, but not everyone has the money to move into a post code beneficial area. Gogledd

10:15pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Harrygrayballs says...

@Gogledd.I appreciate what you say,the grass always being greener was the literal element to my comment.
@Gogledd.I appreciate what you say,the grass always being greener was the literal element to my comment. Harrygrayballs

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