Community – ‘a place that supports the people who live there’.

With 8,000 staff, our workforce is the life-blood not only of the University Health Board, but also of the South Wales Valleys’ communities that we serve.

We are very proud of the community spirit that exists within Cwm Taf – both within the local area and within the health board itself. Within the Cwm Taf community, there is always someone to turn to if you need any advice or support.

Most of our nurses live within the local area, which include areas such as Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Aberdare, Tredegar and Merthyr Tydfil and are part of this close-knit friendly community, where their neighbours, friends and family are patients of the health board.

Working at Cwm Taf, you will see how this Welsh community spirit is echoed across all of our hospitals and departments. Our staff are part of something pretty special helping to make a difference to our community and caring for the people who live here.

We regularly encourage our staff to talk openly about the emotional and social challenges of caring for patients to find ways in which we can improve the quality of care we provide to our patients, and our staff’s own health and wellbeing.

We have a very active work programme which enables local young people and the unemployed to receive training as a route to employment. Many of these programmes also lead to a professional qualification.

To give back to the South Wales community, we have an active Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda. This work ensures that the Health Board continues to make a positive impact on society. Since October 2014, the CSR group has developed innovative ideas to give back such as blood bikes, supporting local food banks and providing bereavment counselling.