The Welsh Government funding agreement confirms the obligations placed on the Wales Deanery and an annual budget of £88.5 million.

The Wales Deanery strategic plan describes the direction of the Wales Deanery over the coming five years. This aligns with, and contributes to, the strategic plans of NHS Wales and takes into account the requirements of our host organisation, Cardiff University. The Wales Deanery business plan is produced annually and highlights the key outcomes that will be achieved from the various activities that the Deanery is commissioned to deliver upon during the year. The Wales Deanery team plans are developed annually and describe in further detail how teams are going to contribute to the objectives outlined in the business plan and the overarching obligations outlined in the strategic plan.

The Wales Deanery has a process risk management policy and procedure which involves routine analysis and risk management by teams and quarterly evaluation of risks undertaken by a Deanery risk management sub group.


The Wales Deanery is committed to ensuring appropriate governance arrangements are in place across a wide range of support functions to enable delivery of high quality postgraduate education and training that supports service provision in NHS Wales, now and in the future. The Deanery has two key management groups to support governance and accountability: Management Executive Chaired by Postgraduate Dean and meets on a monthly basis.

Membership includes:

  • Deputy Dean
  • Director of postgraduate dental education
  • Deputy Director of postgraduate dental education
  • Director of GP and revalidation
  • Sub Dean Quality & Governance
  • Sub Dean and Deputy Director of GP
  • Wales Deanery Manager
  • External Quality Advisor
  • Staff Representative

The key responsibility is to advise the Postgraduate Dean on the aims and implementation of the strategic and operational business of the Deanery.

Deanery Business Group

Chaired by the Wales Deanery Manager, this group meets on a monthly basis. Membership is composed of business leads responsible for implementing and operationalising plans and overseeing daily business and activities of units/sections across the Deanery.

The group provides a forum for key strategic information and developments to be disseminated to staff. The group also facilitates information sharing across teams through regular updates from leads on work progress/issues, best practice and the group supports key areas of operational working such as overseeing and managing the Wales Deanery risk management policy and reporting.

The purpose is to ensure a consistent, transparent and collaborative approach to the operational management of Deanery activity. As the Wales Deanery Manager sits on both management groups, a mechanism is in place to facilitate information and decision making being taken to senior management level (Management Executive). Decisions and feedback are shared by the Wales Deanery Manager with the Deanery Business Group and key messages are disseminated to all staff following Management Executive and Deanery Business Group meetings.

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