While you are working with us you will receive an extensive induction programme, which is ever evolving and designed around your needs and will equip you with all the information you need to get started in your new environment. The Cwm Taf UHB Medical Education Department has an open door policy and will ensure that you have all the points of contact that you need, assist you with any enquires you have and help you settle into your post.

The Medical Education Department offer students, training and non training grade doctors the following:

• Structured training and development tailored to your needs – All teaching is within the remits of the C21 curriculum and Specialty School / GMC requirements and monitored closely by Wales Deanery, to ensure you receive high quality teaching during your time at CTUHB.

• Quality Improvement opportunities – Opportunities are available to undertake Quality Improvement projects as part of the multi-disciplinary team, with annual showcase events.

• A modern, spacious and comfortable learning environment with a specific state of the art building which supports Medical Students during their training

Every effort is made to ensure your environment is conducive to maximise all learning opportunities. • Enthusiastic and supportive teaching and supervision – Accredited learning opportunities are available to all trainees, to support their ongoing commitment to their continuing professional development.

Cwm Taf Medical Education Faculty members are supported by Honorary Senior and Honorary Lecturers, College Tutors, Educational and Named Clinical Supervisors.

The Medical Education Department always strive to provide you with a positive start to your career and fully support you during your time at Cwm Taf University Health Board.

SAS Doctors

Cwm Taf University Health Board has approximately 120 Specialty and Staff Grade and Associate Specialist Doctors and Dentists. They make up around 20% of medical work force. They are from a very diverse background. Many SAS Doctors & Dentists are highly qualified and skilled with experience ranging from five to thirty years. They contribute hugely to UHB and NHS.

There is a very integrated SAS network within the health board with regular teaching activities. Many SAS Doctors & Dentists are also involved in Appraisal & Revalidation, Undergraduate and postgraduate education and management activities. CTUHB provides the right environment for everyone to thrive and give their best to deliver the finest patient care. Many SAS Doctors have successfully achieved Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) and become consultants with excellent support from the Health Board.

If you are passionate about healthcare and ready to make the difference, Cwm Taf health board is the place for you.


Our philosophy ‘Cwm Taf Cares’ is at the heart of everything we do. Our commitment for health, wellbeing and development of our staff is recognised with the highly coveted Platinum Corporate Health Standard. Our team of healthcare professionals from various backgrounds and professions are all focused on making every second count. Our nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers are committed to delivering a standard of safe, effective and timely nursing care to patients, clients and their loved ones.

We believe in innovation to make improvements to clinical care. We are especially proud of our academic centre at Kier Hardie Health Park, Merthyr Tydfil which is helping to train future doctors, healthcare support workers and support and grow our graduate nurses.
Innovation has certainly been the watch word of the nurse education team this year.

The team has grown to an additional 4 members; three practice development nurses have joined solely to look at a prospectus for registered nurses. There is also an additional role in administration support within the team. This role primarily covers all revalidation issues for nursing. The Nurse Education team work closely with the concerns team to ensure that lessons can be learnt swiftly and changes can be made where needed safely.

Cwm Taf UHB offers newly qualified nurses a bespoke induction programme (14 days over a year long period) with a comprehensive package which incorporates the following skills:- Medicine management, IV drug calculations and administration, the use of IV pumps, documentation, communication & NEWS skills within their first year of employment.

Nurses coming to Cwm Taf from other UHB’s will follow a bespoke 2 day induction with topics relevant to the area in which they have been employed.

Every nurse that is employed by Cwm Taf will identify training needs and be supported to achieve these through their yearly PDR’s.

Nurse education continues to be a focus within our UHB and staff will feel supported by the team in achieving their competence in skills, the Practice Development Nurse team are working with our clinical nurse specialists in the introduction of training sessions on subjects to help develop our staff skills and knowledge to help with their own promotion in career paths within the UHB.

We work closely with our University partners and maintain a contract for post graduate education which enables staff to access skills that are relevant to their roles and get 50-100% funding. The whole team are actively involved in the NMC standards review and the development of the new undergraduate curriculum. As an organisation we have driven the programme to build the capacity for our HCSW to get ready to join their training in commissioned places and in Sept 2017 University of South Wales sees its first group of 11 students joining this programme.

2017 saw a brilliant CNO conference where a number of CTUHB staff spoke and presented posters on the innovations and improvements they have delivered for patient care in practice.

As part of our new education team we introduced a new role to help us build a workforce that is ready for the challenges ahead.

Our new Medicines management Nurse commenced in April 2017 and has already introduced a medicines management scheme into nursing, they are straddling medicine and HCSW also. This overview of workforce preparation will give us capacity to ensure that all roles understand their potential and their limits. The role is there to support and nurture the independent prescribers in our workforce also.

Health Care Support Workers (HCSW)

The HCSW trainer team is a growing team of professionals who have built a foundation programme for our HCSW that is outstanding. This commenced in Sept 2016 and runs as an induction for the organisation monthly. This enables us to achieve the ministerial mandate to prepare and academically accredit our HCSW staff to be competent at the bedside and in the community. Building on this success the team are now growing the remainder of the framework, to prepare and nurture our staff from band 2-4 in level 1-4 education programmes.

This year we continue to support the Certificate Higher Education in Nursing Support Worker Education (120 credits@ level 4 CQFW) with 8 of our staff access this programme in Sept 2017.

The HCSW who have undertaken this programme in the past will be the first of our staff to commence their training this year on a part time fully funded place in an apprentice model. They will therefore be paid their salary to undertake their training.