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Becoming a Learning Disability Nurse in Wales – hear from Paula Hopes on her unique role

For the next four weeks we will be hearing from four of our highly dedicated disability nurses, based in various Health Boards here in Wales…

HEIW supports the delivery of first dental training unit in north Wales

North Wales will soon be having its very own dental training unit thanks to a collaboration between Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Welsh Government.

HEIW announced Winners of Learning Technologies Awards 2020

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) were thrilled to be announced winners of the gold award for ‘Best UK digital transformation of a training programme in response to COVID-19’.

Kate Richards, our new Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellow at HEIW tells us why Wales is for her!

My name is Kate and I started working in Wales this year, following successful recruitment to the Welsh Clinical Leaderships Fellows, based in HEIW. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my experiences with you and I hope that by the end of this piece, you will understand why this is important to me

The New-born and Infant Physical Examination Programme Cymru (NIPEC) Survey

NIPEC Project Board was set up in 2019 by the Welsh Government to develop a consistent approach for all health professionals undertaking newborn examinations within 72 hours of birth or between 6-8 weeks of age. The board are distributing a survey that will provide the first baseline data for Wales on the number of practitioners and the skill mix of those involved in conducting newborn and infant physical examinations.

Record number of GPs training in Wales in 2020

GP recruitment figures in Wales have reached record numbers for the third year running.

International Men's Day

Men are still less likely to discuss or seek help for their mental health problems.

HEIW helps Gender Identity Specialist conference go ahead during pandemic

After facing cancellation due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) has supported the British Association for Gender Identity Specialist (BAGIS) to hold their education conference.

Mental health and me – by Matt Smith

This Men’s Mental Health month, we want to challenge stigma, especially around men and depression. Read how Matt Smith, a former colleague here at HEIW, sought help for his depression and how he now manages day to day.

HEIW's response to RPS's new consultant pharmacist credentialing programme

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) welcomes the new UK guidance which sets out the skills and experience required to become consultant pharmacists.

Mental Health Series - Euan Hails, Consultant Nurse

Having read Richard and Steve’s ‘Day in the life of a Consultant Nurse’ blogs, it is interesting to see the similarities and differences within the roles of Consultant Nurses. It’s great to understand the specialisms and expertise they have gathered within those roles and hear of the scope and impact they have had at their respective health boards across Wales.

Mental Health Series - Steve Riley, Consultant Nurse

Reading through Richard’s blog, ‘A Day in the Life of a Mental Health Consultant Nurse’, made me think of the similarities and differences in the day of a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS) Consultant Nurse - that’s me - Steve Riley, Consultant Nurse in North Wales. I thought it might be helpful for enthusiastic and ambitious nursing colleagues out there to hear a bit about the journey that shaped my career.

The future of the health and social care workforce in Wales moves forward

Wales’ 10-year workforce strategy, ‘A Healthier Wales: Our Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care’ was launched by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and Social Care Wales (SCW)  on 22 October 2020.


Compassionate care for deceased patients and their families in Wales

Deceased patients and their loved ones in Wales are receiving more timely and compassionate care thanks to new training introduced across Wales. 

Welsh language scheme public consultation

HEIW was established on 1 October 2018, as the eleventh member of NHS Wales following the combination of three legacy organisations; Wales Deanery, Wales Centre for Professional Pharmacy Education (WCPPE) and Workforce and Education Development Service (WEDS).

'Meet the Fellows': Introducing the Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellows of 2020 – 2021

In the eighth year of the Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellowship (WCLTF) programme run by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), eight new fellows are developing their clinical leadership skills by taking on innovative healthcare projects.

A day in the life of a mental health consultant nurse

This year’s World Mental Health Day comes in the midst of a global pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing now, more than ever, is increasingly important.

Graduate programme launched for future leaders of NHS Wales

The search has begun for future leaders of NHS Wales with the launch of an exciting new graduate programme.

Behavioural science approach helping health professionals reach their potential

A new training programme is helping health professionals adopt a different approach when it comes to clinical decision-making.

HEIW's Wendy Wilkinson talks about her experiences and the role of AHPs

Hi! I’m Wendy Wilkinson, I am the new Head of Allied Health Professions Transformation with Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW).