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Wales academics group launches to 'strengthen nurse education voice'

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A new group designed to be the voice of nursing and midwifery education and research providers in Wales, held its first meeting this week.

The Council of Deans of Health for Wales – also known as Cyngor Deoniaid lechyd Cymru - was established earlier this year but held its first official meeting yesterday on 4 July.

”The new group…will help strengthen the sector’s voice in Wales and beyond, at a time of significant change [for] Welsh higher education”

Ceri Phillips

Launched by the Council of Deans of Health, it replaces the former Cyngor group of higher education establishments.

Membership is currently made up of six universities in Wales offering courses for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals and doing research in those fields.

The group is chaired by Professor Ceri Phillips, head of the college of human and health sciences at Swansea University, who is also executive member for Wales for the Council of Deans.

“The launch of CoDH Wales demonstrates the commitment from health academics in Wales and the CoDH to education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in Wales,” he said.

“The new group is a positive development that will help strengthen the sector’s voice in Wales and beyond, at a time of significant change in the Welsh higher education landscape.

“We will be fully engaging with our partners in Wales to ensure that our respective agendas are aligned in advancing the education and development opportunities for our professions,” he added.

“CoDH Wales means we are now even better placed to assist our Welsh member universities”

Brian Webster-Henderson

The current members of the new group are: Bangor University, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Swansea University, University of South Wales, and Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Council of Deans chair Professor Brian Webster-Henderson said he was looking forward to working closely with colleagues in Wales.

“We are committed as an organisation to being UK focused and the effective delivery of our new strategy depends entirely in enhancing membership engagement,” he said.

“CoDH Wales means we are now even better placed to assist our Welsh member universities and work with our stakeholders in Wales,” he added.

The CoDH recently launched its strategy for the next three years. Key priorities include pushing for sustainable funding for higher education and research for nurses, midwives and AHPs and boosting professional leadership.

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