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NHS Wales Informatics Service to co-locate with University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea

18.11.2015

The NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) has announced this evening (18/11/15) that its South West Wales Regional Office will relocate to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Technium 2 building in the SA1 area of the city.

The move will signal a new working relationship between both organisations and will facilitate the development of a number of initiatives.

In partnership with NHS Wales’ organisations, the Informatics Service delivers the national information and technology needed for modern patient care, providing over seventy digital services to users across NHS Wales and to other parts of the United Kingdom.

Andrew Griffiths, Chief Information Officer (Health) and Director of the NHS Wales Informatics Service, said: “The move to UWTSD’s Technium 2 building will enable our organisation to co-locate with the University to our mutual benefit.

“The Informatics Service will have access to the talent of students and graduates by providing part-time employment opportunities, work placements and internships linked to the University’s School of Applied Computing as well as other services. In addition, we will work with UWTSD to exploit knowledge and expertise aligned to its learning, teaching and applied research.

“This is an ideal opportunity to develop our presence in Swansea and to locate within a modern, well-equipped building within the heart of the city.”

In addition, the collaboration will enable the Informatics Service to contribute to the design and delivery of relevant academic programmes within the UWTSD Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, as part of the University’s expanding portfolio linked to industry. The initiative will also offer potential opportunities for informatics staff to access continuing professional development through the University’s award-winning Wales Institute for Work-based Learning (WIWBL).

The Informatics Service’s new home in the Technium 2 building is located next to the site of the University’s proposed Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter, which received outline planning permission from the City and County of Swansea last week. The development is a part of the transformation agenda that aims to assist UWTSD to fulfil its core mission of improving access to higher education and skills development that is relevant to local communities and employers, enhances graduate employability, and enables the University to fulfil its potential of contributing to the economic regeneration in the city, the Swansea Bay City Region and Wales.

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD, said “We are delighted that the NHS Wales Informatics Service will co-locate with the University in the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter. This development is an example of the way in which UWTSD is redefining the University experience for students, staff and our partners. Through our collaboration with the public and private sectors, we are developing a neighbourhood rather than a campus where people will come to work, study, live and spend their leisure time in this prime location.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.
  4. The NHS Wales Informatics Service is a national organisation providing the technology and information services needed to support quality patient care. Its work covers the development of new products and the delivery of operational technology and information services. More information about the NHS Wales Informatics Service is available from www.wales.nhs.uk/informatics
  5. The Informatics Service Swansea office is currently located at the Oldway Centre, Orchard Street.
  6. The NHS Wales Informatics Service employs around 500 staff based in offices in Cardiff, Swansea, Mold, Bridgend, Carmarthen and Pontypool.

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 01792 483695 / 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk.