Key Facts


  • All Wales remit
  • £200m annual budget;
  • Over 400 core members of staff;
  • Over 1,800 medical and dental trainers and mentors, based in primary and secondary care.


Supports the education and training of:

  • 3,000 training-grade staff and associate specialist doctors and dentists;
  • 2,500+ pharmacists, 1,600+ pharmacy technicians, 70+ pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy technicians trainees;
  • 3,300 new non-medical health profession students;
  • 1,600 dentists and 3,400 Dental Care professionals;
  • 700+ optometrists.



  • Over 50 different specialist medical training programmes; 
  • 12 district GP training schemes in Wales;
  • Promotes over 350 different careers in NHS Wales.


Education and Quality:

  • A pioneering Education Contract for junior doctors in Wales, guaranteeing them ring-fenced time for learning during their working week – the first of its kind in the UK;
  • A first of its kind Medical Trainer Agreement in the UK raising the visibility of medical trainers and recognising their crucial role in supporting students and trainees;
  • Our Revalidation Support Unit (RSU) provides support regarding appraisal and revalidation processes for doctors, appraisers and responsible officers in Wales. This includes; management of GP appraisal, Medical Appraisal Revalidation System (MARS), quality assurance of appraisal and revalidation, appraiser training and delivery of primary care and multi professional CPD.


CPD and Health & Wellbeing:

  • Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellowship supports doctors to develop the skills and knowledge to become the clinical leaders of the future;
  • Our New Initiatives unit delivers innovative medical education projects helping healthcare professionals in Wales to develop skills such as resilience;
  • Our dedicated Professional Support Unit offers advice, guidance and support to medical and dental trainees, 100% of whom would recommend the service to a colleague.



  • In collaboration with Skills for Health, delivered workforce planning training to all organisations across NHS Wales with 280 staff trained in 2016-2018;
  • With Welsh Government, NHS Employers, Department of Health and Social Care, Health Boards and Trusts lead on national pay modelling to support the NHS Wales pay awards negotiations;
  • Development of the NHS Wales Workforce Performance Dashboard that benchmarks organisations against key workforce measures.


Library resources:

  • The NHS Wales e-Library for Health managed by NHS Wales Informatics Service has over 2,300 subscription e-journals, 4 Point of Care Tools, 18 databases, e-Learning and guidelines;
  • By April 2019, it will have an additional 5 databases and an e-Journal supporting system making it easier for users to browse e-Journals and evidence on their mobile device;
  • 29 libraries at hospital and public health sites across Wales supporting staff and students to practice evidence based healthcare through information skills training, expert literature searching, access to study areas 24/7 (in most libraries) and print and online resources listed in NHS Wales LibrarySearch.