UWTSD and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) launch the Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI)

30.03.2017

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) have joined forces to create the Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI).

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The creation of WIDI establishes the strategic partnership between both organisations which commenced when NWIS relocated its South West Wales base to the University’s Technium 2 building in Swansea. The move signalled a new working relationship between both organisations which has already led to the development of a number of initiatives linked to health data management and will facilitate NWIS’s work in delivering the national information and technology needed for modern patient care and over seventy digital services to users across NHS Wales and to other parts of the United Kingdom.

Through WIDI, 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. In addition, the collaboration will enable the NWIS 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). Already the strategic partnership has enabled NWIS staff to undertake research opportunities as part of their doctoral studies, as well as provide a range of master classes for Applied Computing students at the University.

In addition, Professor Ian Wells, Head of Applied Computing at the University and Wendy Dearing, Head of Workforce & Organisational Development at NWIS and a Professor of Practice at UWTSD, are collaborating on academic papers to be presented at the next UKehealth week conference.

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Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD said: "The launch of the Wales Institute of Digital Informatics is an example of the way in which UWTSD is redefining the University experience for students, staff and our partners. Through our collaboration with industries such as NHS Informatics Service we aim to develop products and services that will make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities whilst also ensuring that we retain local talent by ensuring that graduate jobs are available in the area.

“The development of such strategic partnerships such as WIDI is a part of the University’s transformation agenda that aims to improve 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."

Further Information

For further information, please contact Eleri Beynon, UWTSD 07968 249 335 and/or Gill Friend, NWIS 029 2050 2161.