Starting a new job, in a new health board, in a new area, can understandably be daunting.
Those thinking about a career move will not only want to know about the job itself, but the wider health board and the local area.
Luckily for people moving to Cwm Taf, the health board is spread across some of the most picturesque, friendly, and vibrant area in Wales.
Here we take a look at everything you need to know about Cwm Taf UHB, and its fantastic local area.
Where is Cwm Taf UHB?
Cwm Taf UHB provides primary, community, secondary and mental health services to almost
300,000 people living in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Its nine hospitals, centres and learning facilities are spread across both these vibrant county boroughs, meaning that new starters will soon feel right at home in the welcoming Valleys’ communities.
Its sites include Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda in Llwynypia, Ysbyty Cwm Cynon in Mountain Ash, Keir Hardie University Health Park in Merthyr Tydfil, and Dewi Sant Hospital in Pontypridd.
Each progressive facility is located within a 40-minute drive of Wales’s capital city of Cardiff, which features cultural attractions, some of the world’s best sporting venues, along with thousands of shops, and an impressive range of restaurants, bars and eateries.
They are also within a short drive of some of Wales’s most stunning mountain scenery at the Brecon Beacon National Park, which offers endless opportunities for exploration, and also 870 miles of award-winning coastline to soak in with your family and friends, including the beaches of Barry Island, which are just 40 minutes’ drive away.
Hospitals in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Many of Cwm Taf’s innovative hospitals are based in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf.
These include Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Dewi Sant Hospital, and Ysbyty Cwm Cynon.
Hospitals in Merthyr Tydfil
Cwm Taf UHB also has leading hospitals across Merthyr Tydfil, including Prince Charles Hospital and Merthyr Renal Dialysis Unit.
It is also home to Wales’s first integrated health park, Keir Hardie University Health Park. The £35 million facility aims to tackle some of the health and social care problems faced by communities in the South Wales Valleys, providing an array of services under one roof. It also boasts a £2.8 million academic centre bringing together Cwm Taf UHB and Cardiff University students to enhance community medicine and patient contact.
One of the main considerations for parents moving to Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil is the location, availability, and rating of its schools.
Parents searching for schools close to hospital locations in Rhondda Cynon Taf will have access to fournursery/early years facilities, 117 primary schools, 19 secondary schools and four schools for those with special educational needs. Rhondda also has four Welsh secondary schools, along with 13 Welsh medium primary schools.
While Merthyr Tydfil has one nursery; 19 primary schools; four schools for children with special educational needs, one of which is a secondary school; along with three secondary schools. There are over six Welsh primary schools.
The Welsh Government carries out annual ratings of schools across Wales using a colour coded system, with green awarded to those which are highly effective, and red used for those in need of the greatest improvement.
In 2018 over 30 primary/junior schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf achieved a green rating, while three infants also received a green rating, along with four secondary schools.
Eight primary schools in Merthyr received a green rating as part of the Welsh Government assessment, with one secondary school being rated green.
Searching for a new home in a new area can leave you asking an abundance of questions. However, one of the first things any prospective buyer will ask will surround house prices.
In Rhondda during the last year, house prices ranged from£84,859 for a three-bedroom terraced property, to £138,879 for atwo-bedroom semi-detached property, with detached properties fetching £233,913.
Rhondda Cynon Taff, with an overall average price of £125,765 was more expensive than nearby Merthyr Tydfil (County of) (£118,351).
Most of the sales in Merthyr Tydfil over the past year were terraced properties which on average sold for £82,310, for a two-bedroom home. Three bedroom detached properties had an average sold price of £199,198 and semi-detached properties averaged at £126,314.
Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil are easilyaccessible whether it’s by car, train, bus, or coach.
New starters planning to work across either area will be able to travel to villages, towns and cities across Wales and England thanks to its wide-ranging transport links.
By car, Cardiff is just 40 minutes’ drive from Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil, with Swansea and other major towns and cities also accessible within two hours via the M4 motorway.
Train providers Arriva Trains Wales and Great Western Railway also service both areas,allowing access to London in just two hours, with connections to numerous other UK-wide cities available.
Bus and coach services also run frequently throughout both, withTravelineCymru providing times and route information about all services in Wales.
And with the tolls on the Severn Bridge set to be abolished from the end of 2018, access to England from Wales is set to become even more convenient.
For more information on Cwm Taf UHB’s recruitment drive visit http://joincwmtaf.wales/