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‘World-first’ academies launch in Wales to drive transformational health and care training

World-first academies launch in Wales to drive global healthcare revolutions

Wales has launched what are believed to be the world’s first Intensive Learning Academies (ILAs) to deliver transformational training and support across preventative health, value-based health and care, and innovations in health and social care.

Funded by the government, Welsh universities have created a range of courses that include degree-level opportunities within these fields.

Led by Swansea University and Bangor University, the ILAs are also delivering research and tailor-made consultancy services. These will aim to support individual organisations to identify, develop and collaborate on innovative practices that will help to meet the challenges facing health and social care.

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Applications are now open for the bespoke programmes, with more information available on the Life Sciences Hub Wales website. The courses, some of which can be accessed remotely, will train and prepare the next generation of global leaders in building future health and social care systems.

The three ILAs will commence activities across 2021, with each specialising in a subject identified as a key future growth area for the global health and social care markets.

The goal is to empower workforces around the globe with the expertise, skills, and confidence to drive the redesign of health and care systems for the better, improving patient outcomes and experiences, while boosting the efficiency and sustainability of services.

Professor Hamish Laing, director of the Value-Based Health and Care Academy developed by Swansea University, said: “The Value-Based Health and Care Academy is part of a developing international network, providing high quality education, collaborative research and consultancy to support the understanding and implementation of Value-Based Health and Care in the UK and countries across the globe.”

Professor Nichola Callow, Pro-VC Learning and Teaching at Bangor University, said: “Securing our nation’s health requires a significant and sustained effort to prevent illness and support good physical and mental health. Prevention is about helping people stay healthy, happy, and independent for as long as possible. We know that prevention works and can provide significant social benefits, which in turn can boost the health of our economy in a virtuous cycle.

“Greater investment in prevention and in developing the skills and expertise needed to drive change will therefore have profound benefits across Wales. These innovative academies will offer exciting opportunities for leaders and aspiring leaders from across sectors to learn by doing, and to establish new ways of evidence-based working and collaboration.”

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