The three Postgraduate/ Education Centres incorporate the North Wales Clinical School, which has part of the school at Bangor University. All three Centres are sited either within or in close proximity to the hospitals and all provide excel-lent facilities and accommodation to support education and training. The following disciplines and specialities are supported:
The Centres engage proactively with a number of outside agencies and organise and host prestigious Royal College events such as RCP PACES exams, RCP regional update conferences, Royal College of Surgeons - Women and Surgery days, Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists STIF conference, Royal College of Orthopaedics annual conference. Each centre hosts weekly Grand Rounds which are excellent examples of cross speciality involvement and attract large audiences which cover all grades of medical staff from Consultant to F1, pharmacy resuscitation teams, radiographers, pathology and nursing staff all take part. This encourages and supports cross boundary working, co-operation and improved team working across the Health Board. The centres have Clinical Skills Suites which are staffed by qualified Trainers, who are actively involved in all areas of medical training. Consultants and junior doctors involvement in student training is significant. The Clinical Skills Suites have Simman, Metiman, Simbaby, Metivision e.t.c technology and this is supported by a full time AV technician in addition to the Clinical Skills Trainers.
All Postgraduate/ Education Centres have lecture theatres, seminar rooms and practical training rooms and these are all equipped to a high standard with high specification audiovisual equipment and some areas providing video conferencing facilities. At Bangor and Glan Clwyd the facilities have been enhanced by the opening of the North Wales Clinical School. All Centres have dedicated manag-ers and support staff including Clinical Skills Trainers and AV technicians. The Health Board provides support for medical educa-tion from medical student to Consultant level. This effectively gives clinicians a team of staff who are equipped to deal with and support all grades of medical staff. The over-lap between undergraduate and postgraduate education encourages cross specialty sessions between junior and senior grades providing a useful insight and exposure into a variety of areas which may not otherwise be experienced.
All Centres have excellent engagement and working relationships with the Wales Deanery, which ensures excellent support and funding of projects from the centre.
The North Wales NHS Library Service was formed as a result of the setting up of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board in Oct 2009. It is our aim to provide the same standard of service across North Wales for all health Board staff.
Libraries based at the three major hospitals in the region, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor came together. These separate staffed libraries provide a collection of resources for acute, community and mental health care services for NHS staff in North Wales. The library service also visits the un-staffed libraries at Llandudno General Hospital, HM Stanley Hospital and Abergele Hospital.
NHS library users in North Wales have three of the best stocked and resourced libraries throughout Wales. Each Library is attractively furnished, has an area for quiet study, computers for general use, computer training facilities, photocopying, scanning, printing and binding facilities. The libraries also offer a full enquiry service, literature searching services, critical appraisal skills train-ing and practical induction sessions. They are regularly complimented as being excellent places to study and work when away from base. For more information, please see our Library Guide.
Each hospital site provides IT facilities and all areas of residential accommodation has access to broadband facili-ties on demand. There are nominal charges for the service on some sites. There are very good IT facilities available within the library centres on each site and some areas offer computer training facilities. Computers are available within the library areas for individual use. All medical staff are encouraged to sign up to intranet access at each site and this is mainly utilised for email communication both within and outside the Health Board. IT facilities are constantly under review and development across North Wales and mainly in the Informing Healthcare environment. There are rooms available with hospital computers for research purposes.
There are mess facilities at each main hospital site and these are situated within the main hospital- at Bangor adjacent to the Education Centre and Library. All Mess facilities provide televisions (some with Sky) lockers and mail facilities. At Wrexham the mess includes 2 dining rooms, and there is a quiet room with computers and internet access.
There are a wealth of local attractions in North Wales which addresses the needs of most people. These range from the sea and a wide range of beaches to hills and mountains, which cater for the tastes of most outdoor activity enthu-siasts. North Wales is a particularly beautiful part of the UK and attracts lots of holiday makers each year in both summer and winter. There are a variety of private and local authority sports and leisure facilities available in the area, together with horse racing at Chester and Bangor on Dee. There is car and motorcycle racing on Anglesey.There are theatres and live concert venues at Theatre Clwyd in Mold and Venue Cymru at Llandudno and Rhyl Theatre. In addition there is the Bryn Terfel concerts which take place in Bangor for four days over the Summer Bank Holidays and these provide a diversity of musical taste. There are a variety of pubs and restaurants serv-ing locally produced food and these vary from top class establishments to the more "local pubs". There are excellent major theatres and concert venues in the North West of England in Liverpool and Manchester and these are easily reached in 1 finishing work or if you prefer hill walking, mountain climbing or dry slope skiing.
North Wales is very well served by the A55 dual carriageway which connects to the UK motorway links. There are good rail links with Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and London within 3 field.
Free parking is available in certain areas at all Health Board sites and particularly in the residential accommodation complexes. There are however some areas where charges still apply, but these are clearly marked.
Each of the main sites has residential accommodation for medical staff and this varies from single room accommodation to shared flats and on site family accommodation up to three bedrooms. Broadband is available in most accommodation units and there is a small charge for this at certain locations.
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