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Wales champions community care plan

Aberystwyth University, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Hywel Dda Health Board have joined forces to establish an innovative and unique chair in rural health.

The role of Hywel Dda Reader/Chair of Rural Health and Community Wellbeing - the first such position in Wales – recognises the unique opportunity available to the NHS and local universities in West Wales to work in partnership and redefine how policies and services can improve the health and wellbeing of those living in rural communities.

Trevor Purt, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda Health Board says:  “We recognise the unique challenges of our large rural geography, but far from seeing this as a problem; we see it as an opportunity to evolve how we work in partnership with Universities, voluntary organisations and local authorities to meet the specific health needs of our rural communities.

“This position is about ensuring our services work for the people we serve and will enable us to deliver a new type of healthcare provision in a real rural area, with real people, every day.”

Professor Martin Jones, Pro Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University says:
“This is a unique opportunity to make a demonstrable contribution to major health and social care policy and practice and/or policy changes through the application of research. The universities are keen to be at the forefront of new sustainable ways of thinking about health, wellbeing and rural regeneration and are looking to work with the successful applicant to consolidate new research and development opportunities in beautiful West Wales.”