NHS 70th Celebrations Marked at Medical School with Graduation of First Physician Associate Students


Swansea University Medical School is marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS by celebrating the graduation of its very first Physician Associate students.

Physician Associates are a new role which is seen as a key part of modernising the NHS workforce.

‘Team J.A.C.K.S’: Reaching the Target


Carolyn Evans, SAS Support Officer at the Wales Deanery, tells us why she decided to take part in the Step Count Challenge and how she’s found the experience.

What do you hope to achieve from the Step Count Challenge?

To be encouraged to get more active, which should hopefully lead to me being a bit fitter.  A bit of weight loss would be a bonus!  I also enjoy a challenge, and it would be great to have more steps registered on my Fitbit App and be higher up the leader board than my friends.

‘My reflection on receiving Wales Deanery BEST Award 2017, Innovation in Education’ by Dr Louise Cook


Dr Louise Cook is an Associate Specialist in Sexual Health at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and recipient of the Wales Deanery BEST Award 2017 for ‘Staff and Associate Specialist Award for Innovation in Education’.

“We are delighted to let you know that you have been nominated for the Wales Deanery BEST/BSAS Award 2017.”

Last autumn, I remember reading the flyer promoting the Wales Deanery BEST Awards and can recall wondering what a trainer would need to have accomplished to be considered for such an award.

‘Team J.A.C.K.S’: Step Count Challenge Update


As Team J.A.C.K.S get closer to completing the Step Count Challenge, we hear from team member Angharad Davies, Regional Information Officer at the Wales Deanery.

What do you hope to achieve from the Step Count Challenge?

To become more active and raise as much money as I can for our three nominated charities which are Cancer Research Wales, Mind and Friends of the Dogs.

'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.

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