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Developing staff

Pictured: Jacob Backhouse, a Specialist Physiotherapist at Withybush Hospital, who has been given funding for a module towards his MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy


Thanks to your donations, we are supporting staff across Hywel Dda University Health Board to develop in their roles, undertake key training, and deliver the very best services for our communities.

For example, Hywel Dda Health Charities recently paid for 20 staff members across the Health Board to embark on higher education studies, at a cost of nearly £37,000.


Delivering benefits to our patients

The specialist training paid for by the charity included Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas, MScs, PG Certificates, and the areas of expertise covered Palliative Care, Dermatology, Clinical Assessment, Medical Imaging, Physiotherapy, Critical Care, and Musculoskeletal Diagnosis.

In addition to the personal advancement, those studying will also be able to pass on much of the knowledge gained to colleagues in their teams, wards and departments.

Cerys Davies, Ward Sister on the Intensive Care Unit at Bronglais Hospital, who was funded to do an MSc in Critical Care, said: “This course is enabling me to bring the most up-to-date clinical practice to patients. Things change so quickly in intensive care and I am already seeing benefits from my learning.”


Investing in our futures

Your donations are giving our healthcare staff opportunities to learn and develop, which is an investment in the future of our local NHS.

Gemma Littlejohns, Learning and Development Manager for Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We know that investment in the professional development of our healthcare professionals is linked to improved patient outcomes and at Hywel Dda we always prioritise the essential development of our staff.

“This investment will help our staff and services be even more responsive to the complex and frequently changing environment in which we find ourselves, and is enabling our staff to pursue specialisms which will benefit our patients and their families.”

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