'Time for change' theme for 9th Dental Symposium


More than 120 people attended the recent Dental Care Professionals Symposium at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff. 

‘Team J.A.C.K.S’: There and Back (Update: Week Five)


At Week Five, Team J.A.C.K.S., who are participating in Cardiff University’s Step Count Challenge, have so far collectively travelled 1,118 miles – that’s the distance from Land’s End all the way to John o’Groats, and then back to Edinburgh!

This week, we’re hearing from Sophie Miller, whose new role as Speciality Training Officer entails recruitment and programme management for secondary care trainees; prior to that, she did similar work on behalf of general practice trainees for four years:

Improving Awareness of Veteran Healthcare


Numerous speakers, agencies, and charities will present at the Cardiff Veterans Health Study Day taking place on Friday, 15 June to help medical professionals become better-informed about the medical needs of military veterans.

Among those speaking will be veterans, family members of service personnel, and representatives from charities and agencies who work to provide military veterans with the support they need to re-build their lives.

An Interview with Dr Amer Jafar


Dr Amer Jafar is Associate Specialist in Care of the Elderly at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

We recently spoke with Dr Jafar about “opening doors” for Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors in Wales, the benefits of healthy competition, and passing the baton on to the next generation of doctors.

Following a PhD in brain ischemia, Dr Jafar has worked as a SAS doctor in medicine at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board for over twenty years. He is one of 1,000 SAS doctors in Wales, who form a significant and vital hospital workforce.

‘The Core’: Trainees Improving the Provision of Core Medical Training


Designed by two Welsh trainees, an innovative online platform to improve core medical training (CMT) has been received enthusiastically – gaining recognition across Wales and the UK in the process.

Dr Holly Morgan and Dr Melanie Nana launched ‘the Core’ in 2016, with a major update in January 2018.

Currently focusing on the first two years of CMT, the website centralises a number of key trainee resources, including hospital-specific information on CMT and educational tools, as well as having a forum for peer discussion.

‘Team J.A.C.K.S’ Step Up to the Challenge


Over the coming weeks, follow the Wales Deanery’s Team J.A.C.K.S who will be participating in the Step Count Challenge:  

Kaye Walters

Executive Officer (Quality Unit)

Along with Jimmy Man, Angharad Davies, Carolyn Evans and Sophie Miller, I am a member of the Wales Deanery’s Step Count Challenge Team - J.A.C.K.S.  Over the next few weeks, we thought we’d let you know our reasons for undertaking the challenge and what we hope to get from it.  So, first up, here’s my story.

Winning at the BEST Trainee Awards 2017: Dr Holly Morgan


Dr Holly Morgan [pictured centre] is a core medical trainee who was awarded with the Wales Deanery’s Award for ‘Overall BEST Trainee of the Year’, as well as the BEST Trainee Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Training Programme’. Here, Holly describes her experience of participating in the BEST Trainee Awards 2017:

2018 Quality and Safety Forum draws crowd to Amsterdam


The 2018 QuaIity and Safety Forum proved to be an excellent two days in Amsterdam with much interest in what is happening in Wales. 

The event showcased the collaborative working between the Wales Deanery and 1000 Lives Improvement Service, which is of real benefit to NHS Wales. We hope to have an even bigger presence at IHI/BMJ International Forum of Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Glasgow 2019! 

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