Join us at ABMU and you will find talented nurses, midwives and health visitors who are highly valued, working together to deliver the best possible care for patients and their families. Whatever your role, working for us means that everything that we do is committed to our values of caring for each other; working together, and always improving.
We are a big organisation with a wide range of services and diverse roles. This means you can explore and develop your potential and discover the best fit for your skills. With an ambition to deliver the highest quality healthcare services to our patients, we realise this relies on the combined effort of all of our individual nurses. That’s why we place high value on supporting continuous professional development and have an impressive range of learning and development opportunities to best tailor your needs.
Our Quality Strategy is at the heart of everything that we do and is an important opportunity for us to work together and to have the opportunity to be involved in progressive quality improvement and innovative change for the benefit of everyone. Added to this, as a university health board we have strong research, teaching and development connections with our partner universities.
At ABMU we recognise the direct and positive impact nurses, midwives and health visitors make to delivering quality care, so whether you are a new registrant or an experienced nurse I hope you feel inspired to join our fantastic team.
Staff Libraries are available at Singleton, Morriston, Neath Port Talbot, Princess of Wales and Cefn Coed Hospitals providing free access to an extensive range of books, journals and online resources. The staff libraries have extensive IT facilities which are available day and night.
Accommodation is provided free of charge for F1 posts with reductions in charge for other grades dependant upon the on call commitments.
Swansea is approximately 45 minutes from Cardiff (Wales's capital city) which is easily accessible via the M4. Bus and train transport is excellent (Cardiff less than 1 hour and London less than 3 hours by rail - the train stops at Neath and Port Talbot and Bridgend en route). There is an international airport at Cardiff.
Parking is free within all Swansea Hospitals. POW Hospital there is a fee of £1.00 per day.
Swansea is a thriving city of around 230,000, and is the second largest city in Wales. It has two universities, Swansea University and the new Swansea Metropolitan University, as well as a number of colleges. Swansea is home to the gorgeous Gower Peninsular, which was the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Gower has a wealth of bays and beaches, as well as some great restaurants and pubs. The Gower ends at the spectacular three-mile beach of Rhosilli, which is a huge attraction for surfers. The south coast also attracts walkers, wind surfers, rock climbers and hang-gliding enthusiasts. Alternatively, you can head north to explore the countryside around the Towy Valley or make for the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Swansea also has a stylish and modern Marina just off the city's shopping centre. The Marina and Wind Street have given the city a new cultural air, to be enjoyed by visitors both old and new. Swansea is full of surprises, with its pedestrianised shopping centre only a five-minute walk from a promenade along the sweep of the bay. The city has had a market since medieval times and today's permanent covered market continues this tradition, many of the stalls displaying traditional locally produced food. The city also boasts a vibrant nightlife with countless restaurants, 2 cinemas, bowling alley, 2 theatres and a number of museums and art galleries. There is also a newly refurbished Leisure and Activities centre, there are two out of town shopping areas, Morfa Retail Park, situated near the Liberty Stadium and Fforestfach Retail Park.
For sports fans there is the 20,000-seater Liberty Stadium, home to Swansea City Football Club and the Ospreys rugby team which also hosts pop and rock concerts. Cricket is played in the St. Helen's ground. The Grand Theatre offers a wide range of productions from opera to pantomime. For culture and history the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Museum and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery are also well worth visiting.
Neath and Port Talbot are separate towns, but come under the banner of Neath Port Talbot Borough Council. Both Neath and Port Talbot have their own shopping centres and a wide range of pubs and restaurants, leisure centres and are close to sandy beaches and a cinema complex.
There are also many lovely sites in the Neath Port Talbot area, including Margam Country Park, which has a spectacular orangery and the imposing Margam Castle, a magnificent mansion, built for the Talbot family, which gave the town its name. Mountain biking is very popular in the Afan Forest Park, which has become the UK's fastest-growing mountain biking centre. The countryside in the Vale of Neath has beautiful walks in areas renowned for natural waterfalls.
Bridgend has been a market town since the early 16th century, and now boasts the new Rhiw Shopping centre and the ever-popular Bridgend (McArthur Glenn) Designer Outlet, just off J. 36 of the M4. The Outlet also houses the Odeon cinema complex. Approx 1 mile from the hospital is Bridgend town centre with its array of shops, bars and restaurants.
Towns close to Bridgend include the seaside resort of Porthcawl, which has some of the cleanest beaches in Wales. Short distances away are the beaches of Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, and Llantwit Major. The remains of the Castle of Newcastle fortress can be explored, and there is plenty of evidence of the area's industrial heritage in places like Tondu Iron Park, a former Victorian Steelworks. Another large town in the Bridgend County Borough area is Maesteg, where a former iron works has been converted into a sports centre. Worth a visit are the local castles of Coity, Ogmore, and Candlestone which is nestled amongst the sand dunes of the picture postcard village of Merthyr Mawr. There are country parks at Bryngarw and Margam which hold regular events and Kenfig Hill National Nature Reserve.
Cefn Coed Hospital is located approximately 2 and a half miles from the seafront and 2 miles from the centre of Swansea. Ideally situated between the lively modern city of Swansea and the unspoiled beaches of the Gower Peninsula - the location is unparalleled.
Four Adult Community Mental Health Teams (including Psychiatrists), jointly provided with Swansea Social Services Department, are locality based and admit to the Adult Acute Admission beds at Cefn Coed Hospital. There are also Rehabilitation and Challenging Behaviour beds on site to meet the needs of patients with more serious and complex problems, plus Continuing Care beds to provide more long-term care. Four Elderly Community Mental Health Teams (including Psychiatrists and Social Workers) are locality based and admit to the Organic Assessment beds, Function Assessment beds and Continuing Care beds at Cefn Coed. Day Care and Assessment services for the Elderly Mentally Ill are also provided at Cefn Coed through the Heddfan and Dyffryn Units.
The Swansea-wide Community Drug and Alcohol Team (operating out of Cwmbwrla Clinic) access a five-bed Unit at Cefn Coed for Inpatient Detoxification and also provide a Community Detoxification and Needle Exchange Services. The specialty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry is managed and delivered through the Trehafod Unit and there are also a number of outreach clinics located within Swansea. The service works in conjunction with a clinical network of other CAMHS providers.
Swansea Psychiatric Education Centre opened in November 2001 and houses the Cefn Coed School of Medicine Teaching Unit, the Postgraduate Department and the psychiatric branch of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Library & Knowledge Service.
The doctors' mess has IT facilities, lockers, a seating area with a TV and a separate area for studying.
Cefn Coed Hospital is easily accessed from the M4 motorway. Junction 47 is approximately four miles from the hospital. A bus service to the main bus station operates twice daily.
Morriston Hospital is situated approx four miles from Swansea city. Morriston Hospital is a Major Regional Hospital, with around 850 beds, the majority of which are housed in modern accommodation that has been built since 1981, with some parts of the hospital dating back to WWII, Morriston is currently in the process of reconstruction with many of the older parts of the hospital being demolished and replaced with a new state of the art building.
There are Acute General Medical facilities which include Diabetes and Endocrinology, Care of the Elderly, Renal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Haematology, Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology and Neurology and Surgical facilities include; a regional centre for Trauma and Orthopaedic service , Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Urology and a range of General Surgical Services Palliative Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine are also provided to a wide catchment area.
These services are supported by critical care facilities, including a 16-bedded General ITU and HDU and a range of specialist beds. Morriston Hospital is also the site of the major Accident and Emergency Department for Swansea and, with its accessibility to the South West Wales population, is recognised as the Major Trauma Centre for South West Wales, most recently the Burns and Plastics centre has achieved a Centre of Excellence award.
There is also a paediatric unit with two teams caring for children undergoing plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, trauma and general medical paediatrics. The unit has a 4-bedded HDU caring for children with complex needs and there also a small outpatients department. A full range of high quality diagnostic and therapeutic services is also provided at Morriston.
Morriston Postgraduate Centre is situated in the grounds of Morriston Hospital and has been catering to the needs of young doctors and dentists for 40 years, training in Morriston Hospital has greatly expanded in recent years and in October 2001 the Clinical School opened on the Morriston site and has since changed its name to School of Medicine which serves the needs of medical students in Morriston Hospital. The training junior doctors receive is as important as the service commitments of their post. The Postgraduate Centre is committed to providing high quality education and training through Foundation, Medical & Surgical Core Curriculum teaching sessions, Medical Journal Club, Thursday Clinical Meetings and multidisciplinary Grand Round meetings, which are all run on a weekly basis with food provided. The Postgraduate Centre also hosts MRCP PACES Exams and runs additional bedside teaching sessions for MRCP PACES Candidates (PACES pass rate usually 80%) A number of good practices were identified during the Wales Deanery commissioning visit.
The Postgraduate Centre has five lecture rooms of varying sizes and holds many courses, lectures and video conferencing for doctors, trainees, general dental practitioners and foundation dental practitioners. There is also a Phantom Head Facility, for Dental Practitioners to practice on which can accommodate up to ten practitioners, overall the Postgraduate Centre is very active and friendly, more information can be found on the Morriston Postgraduate Centre website . Plans for a brand new Education Centre are at advanced stages with construction due to commence in Autumn 2010.
The doctors' mess at Morriston Hospital is bright and modern, facilities include large flat screen TV with Sky subscription, PC with internet access and pool table. There are also designated areas for sitting, relaxing, working and chatting.
Morriston Hospital is easily accessed from the M4 motorway.
The staff residences at Morriston Hospital have accommodation for up to 71 single occupants and 6 units for married residents. All the accommodation is fully furnished, with bed linen, cutlery, cooking utensils and all the basic necessities provided. Laundry facilities are available.
NPT Hospital was built 2002 and has 270 beds. It is conveniently located at the centre of the area served by ABM University Health Board close to Health Board HQ and the M4 motorway. The modern library and Postgraduate Centre are within the main hospital building. The centre has a large lecture theatre with several meeting rooms. It has excellent audiovisual equipment and video conferencing facilities.
The Princess of Wales Hospital is a district general hospital within the ABMU Health Board. Opened in 1985, the hospital is located on the outskirts of Bridgend town in South Wales, and provides modern, purpose-built accommodation for the provision of acute health services to the local population of approximately 160,000 people. Centred mainly in the County Borough of Bridgend, services at the Hospital also extend to the Western Vale of Glamorgan in the east and to the County Borough of Neath Port Talbot in the west. The Princess of Wales Hospital is one of the most modern hospitals in Wales. The Hospital provides a comprehensive range of acute surgery and medicine for patients of all ages, including inpatient, outpatient and day services.
The Multi Professional Education Centre opened in April 2010 and provides postgraduate and undergraduate training for medical and nursing staff. The centre consists of one lecture theatre, two lecture rooms, nine seminar rooms, one Boardroom, two clinical skills labs and a simulation suite with the very latest 3G wireless Sim Man. State of the art AV equipment and video conferencing facilities are available in all rooms.
The MPEC has a faculty of lecturers from each specialty who are assisted by MPEC funded clinical teachers. Their services are available for postgraduate and undergraduate teaching sessions alongside the regular programme of teaching sessions for both junior and senior medical staff. The MPEC also accommodates regular directorate teaching and a weekly grand round. Achievements include a standardised induction and evaluation for trainee medical staff, setting up a Medical Education Committee to quality assure the education and training and organising a joint programme for educating Educational Supervisors.
The Foundation Faculties and Royal Colleges continue to develop their curricula in response to the Training standards set by Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB). The education leads, with the full support of all clinicians and associated health care professionals have been able to respond positively to these changes and develop the training programmes to meet and exceed these standards.
The Princess of Wales Hospital has hosted National Postgraduate Medical examinations including the RCP (Medicine) and RCPCH (Paediatric) exams and courses. These activities raise the profile of the Trust amongst doctors from other regions of the UK. Back to top
Clinical attachments are arranged for medical students studying medicine at Cardiff University and graduate entry students studying medicine at Swansea University. The participating departments continue to maintain their high standards, receiving excellent feedback with regard to the quality of teaching. This is in no small part due to the extremely supportive roles played by staff and patients to underpin our objective to nurture students with the aim for them to seek employment within the Trust area when they qualify. The expertise and full commitment of clinicians, along with the co-operation of many departments within the hospital enabled the hosting of a number of end of block, year end, and final examinations for medical students.
Within the Multi Professional Education Centre is a medical students' common room with IT facilities, lockers, vending machines, photocopier and a seating area complete with a 50" flat screen TV.
Doctors Mess The newly refurbished doctors' mess has IT facilities, lockers, a seating area with a TV and a separate quiet room for studying.
Transport Links There are excellent transport links to the Princess of Wales Hospital. Buses from Bridgend town centre pass the hospital every 15 minutes. The London to Swansea train and Cardiff to Maesteg train passes through Bridgend station in the town centre (1 mile).
The Princess of Wales Hospital has been recognised through a variety of external assessments and accreditations for its high quality services. These included CHKS Top 40 Hospital status being awarded in 2008 for a fifth consecutive time and the Charter Mark being reaccredited. The service excellence illustrated by these accolades meant that we were also able to achieve all the waiting time targets set by the Welsh Assembly Government and ensured that infection rates remained below the Welsh NHS average.
As part of the 'Health Challenge Wales' the Princess of Wales Hospital was awarded the 'Gold' Corporate Health Standard which is the quality mark for workplace health promotion in Wales. It is an award presented to public and private sector-organisations that implement practices to promote the health and well-being of their employees. Following a rigorous independent assessment undertaken to validate this Health Standard, evidence and site visits demonstrated that the hospital was committed with regard to the health and well-being of its employees and that there was evidence of a supportive, positive and learning culture.
The effectiveness of large, complex bodies depends on the individuals who deliver its services. The philosophy of the Princess of Wales Hospital has always been one of promoting innovation by developing and empowering the workforce to continually strive for service improvement whilst ensuring the best use of resources through rigorous performance management. The fact that the hospital was able to achieve Investors in People status so early demonstrates its commitment to training and development. We could not have built such a special organisation without the essential contributions made our dedicated staff.
The ABM University Health Board also manages the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL), based at the Princess of Wales Hospital, which tests surgical dressings and medical devices on behalf of the NHS in Wales and also maintains a business interest in ZooBiotic Ltd, to promote the clinical benefits of maggot therapy. Forensic Mental Health services are provided to a wider community which extends across the whole of South Wales, while Learning Disability services are provided from Swansea to Cardiff.
The staff residence at the Princess of Wales Hospital has accommodation for up to 90 single occupants and 15 units for married residents. All the accommodation is fully furnished, with bed linen, cutlery, cooking utensils and all the basic necessities provided. There is a communal TV lounge and laundry facilities in the main community centre.
The hospital is a high-rise 7 floor building with marvelous views over Swansea Bay. It has approximately 550 beds. Over recent years developments have included a day surgery unit and a cancer centre. Training posts include FP, Medicine, Surgery, O and G, Paediatrics and Oncology. The Swansea and NPT GP trainees rotate through hospital posts. Singleton Postgraduate Department is committed to providing a high level of training. Singleton postgraduate staff organise and host core and generic FP curriculum teaching, core medical teaching and training, weekly general medicine journal club and Medical Case Presentation, x-ray meetings and journal club core medical. It also hosts the Academic FP training sessions.
The Singleton postgraduate department is within the modern undergraduate Swansea Medical School Teaching unit building adjacent to Singleton Hospital. The unit opened in November 2001 and is a fully equipped modern building. The centre has various seminar/lecture rooms and meeting rooms plus a clinical skill lab. All rooms have up to date audio visual equipment. The library is part of the main hospital building and was extended several years ago and is modern, well equipped with helpful staff. The Postgraduate Centre regularly host PACES exams and a successful Careers Fair. 'Tasters' for FP trainees and others are actively encouraged, plentiful and coordinated by PG dept. 'Tasters are placements within the Health Board which is not part of your rotation in which trainees can spend time. Trainees can spend a week gaining experience in a specialty which interests them to help to inform decisions about their future careers. Singleton Hospital Doctors Mess The doctors' mess has a stunning 7th floor view over the sea plus rest and eating facilities.
Singleton Hospital is located on the seafront overlooking Swansea Bay adjacent to the Swansea University Campus. Mumbles pier and Swansea marina are within walking distance. Morriston Hospital is 8 miles away, Cefn Coed Hospital 2 miles and NPT Hospital 11 miles from Singleton. Regular buses to Swansea Bus station and very frequent buses between Morriston and Singleton Hospital.
The staff residences at Singleton Hospital have accommodation for up to 51 single occupants and 5 units for married residents. All the accommodation is fully furnished, with bed linen, cutlery, cooking utensils and all the basic necessities provided. There is a communal TV lounge and laundry facilities in the main community centre.
There is an identified consultant (Ambassador) in every acute hospital in the Health Board. This is an all Wales initiative to improve the pastoral support for doctors in training.
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