Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board was established in October 2009 and provides primary, community, hospital and mental health services to almost 300,000 people living in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Ideally situated between Wales’ capital city, Cardiff to the South and the stunning scenery in the Brecon Beacons National Park to the North, we operate within a vibrant community, rich with history and heritage.
Our philosophy ‘Cwm Taf Cares’ is at the heart of everything we do. Our commitment to the health, wellbeing and development of our staff is recognised with the highly coveted Platinum Corporate Health Standard.
With almost 8,000 staff our workforce is the life-blood not only of the University Health Board, but many of the South Wales Valleys’ communities that we serve. We take our role as the area’s second largest employer very seriously and this is evident in our wide-ranging partnership working, dedication to our corporate social responsibilities and the importance we place on building relationships with our staff and community.
We believe in innovation to make improvements to clinical care. We are especially proud of our Academic Centre in Merthyr Tydfil which is helping to train future doctors in community medicine.
We continue to be the best performing health board in Wales for ambulance handover times within 15 minutes from arrival at A&E thanks to our patient flow initiative which is continuing to reap benefits.
Our high patient satisfaction score in the Fundamentals of Care audit is testament to the hard work of our staff and their ongoing commitment to our philosophy of Cwm Taf Cares.
Our philosophy Cwm Taf Cares is embedded in our staff training and development from induction, right through their careers. As a large employer we take our responsibilities to work in partnership with the local community very seriously, and we aim to lead by example and be a catalyst, to not only improve the well-being of our staff and patients, but also our local communities.
We work in close partnership with our local university, the University of South Wales, to provide access to a comprehensive programme of continuing professional development at BSc and MSc level as well as specialty programmes to support innovation and research.
There are opportunities for nurses to become mentors following the NMC approved mentorship preparation arrangements. All registered nurses are offered mentorship support when they take up a new post with us.
In December 2013 Cwm Taf Health Board graduated to University Status. Allison Williams, Chief Executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board said the change in status is much more than adding the word university to the name.
“Research and teaching in our valleys communities is vital to drive up standards and a collective drive for a better future. Our university status acknowledges Cwm Taf’s commitment to investing in staff, ongoing learning, research and development as well as our strong links with the communities we work in and serve. University health board status cements our strong relationships with both Cardiff University and the University of South Wales, which are manifest in the numerous clinical placements, training opportunities, research activity and joint staff appointments in all areas within Cwm Taf. We hope this will help to inspire the next generation of young people to consider a career in the NHS - on the frontline - and we will continue to use our relationship with our university partners to create those opportunities”