Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 

There are currently 630 established training grade posts in Cardiff and Vale UHB working across 5 hospitals: University Hospital of Wales (UHW), University Hospital Llandough (UHL), Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI), Barry, St Davids and Rookwood. The majority of trainees are based on the two main hospital sites, UHW and UHL. Cardiff and Vale UHB has a well earned reputation as a centre of excellence for clinical care, medical education and research.

Established in 2009, following the reorganisation of health services within Wales the UHB is one of the largest and most diverse healthcare providers in the UK.

There are strong links with the Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff University and this partnership places us at the leading edge of training and education of healthcare professionals as well as research and development into new approaches for healthcare. Cardiff and Vale UHB is unique in Wales in its role as a teaching centre for new doctors, nurses and therapists working under the supervision of some of the best clinicians in their field. This association is a vital part of the UHB's ability to provide its specialist services. 

University Hospital of Wales (UHW)

The University Hospital of Wales is a large teaching hospital situated within the city of Cardiff. Working here will enable you to learn from some of the foremost clinicians in their fields within a culture of innovation, education and research. The hospital provides secondary care to the population of north and east Cardiff and tertiary level care in nephrology, neurosciences, haematology, paediatrics and neonatology, cardiothoracic and critical care. 

University Hospital of Llandough (UHL)

Located at Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, the University Hospital Llandough provides medical secondary care services to West Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. It is also home to the Cardiff and Vale Orthopaedic Centre (CAVOC), which provides elective orthopaedic services to Cardiff and the Vale. The Llanfair Unit is a new purpose built mental health facility, which is also on the UHL site.

The Department of Respiratory Medicine has its home at UHL and provides secondary care for Cardiff and the Vale and tertiary respiratory services including cystic fibrosis. The department is supported by excellent lung physiology, state of the art thoracic radiology and pathology services. A new endoscopy unit has recently opened which provides state of the art facilities for gastroenterology endoscopic procedures and interventional respiratory medicine including advanced bronchoscopy techniques and thoracoscopy.

Medical Education Centres

There a two Postgraduate Centres within Cardiff & Vale UHB, one on both the UHW and Llandough Hospital sites. Both Centres facilitate a comprehensive programme of postgraduate activities and deliver core curriculum teaching. 

There are excellent postgraduate education programmes throughout the UHB, which include departmental meetings that are highly valued by trainees both as opportunities to learn and also to gain experience in presenting their own work. The strong links with the Cardiff University mean that there are also good opportunities for research and further academic development. 

Study leave is an integral part of junior doctor's professional development and one of the key functions of the Postgraduate Department is to administer trainee's individual study leave allocation and budget. The staff in both Centres are there to support all trainees. The Postgraduate Organisers, Foundation Programme Directors and Centre Managers are readily available to help with any queries or concerns regarding training and can also offer career guidance and pastoral support. 

Library Facilities

There are excellent library facilities available to junior doctors in Cardiff who will benefit from access to several Cardiff University libraries at various locations throughout the UHB. All hold excellent collections of basic medical texts together with a sound journal collection. In conjunction with the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Deanery for Wales all training grade doctors are issued with a Cardiff University network account this entitles the user to the wide range of services provided by Cardiff University and in particular the electronic resources including eBooks and databases and there are currently over 12,000 online journals accessible.

IT Facilities

All training grade doctors are given a user domain account in order to access the Cardiff & Vale network. This also allows access to the internet, local intranet and clinical portal. An email account is also created on the All Wales NADEX system (@ this email address is then intended to follow doctors as they rotate through NHS organisations within Wales. 

There are adequate IT facilities located on wards and in departments and in addition there are PCs available for junior doctor use in the Education  Centres and doctors mess facilities. 

Doctors Mess

There is an active doctors' mess on UHW and Llandough Hospital sites, with television and catering facilities available at each. 

Other Facilities

Sports and Social Club

The Social Club on the UHW site provides facilities for relaxation and exercise with a fully equipped gym, pool and racquet sports available. 

Créche Facilities 

There are créche facilities on both UHW and Llandough Hospital sites. 


Hospital accommodation is available if required. 

Parking Arrangements 

Car parking permits allow parking in dedicated staff areas. 

Local Amenities

Cardiff is a unique city that offers the full range of infrastructure expected in any modern capital city and yet boasts an enviable quality of life. Cardiff's residents believe it is one of the best cities in Europe to live and work. Cardiff is a 'city of parks' with more green space per person than any other core UK city and has been described as the epitome of cool by the Lonely Planet guide. There is a vibrant night life including the hustle and bustle of St Mary Street and the relaxed dining and bars of Cardiff Bay. Shopping is outstanding; the City offers a mix of boutique stores found in the varied Victorian arcades coupled with larger department stores. 

Cardiff is home to world class venues and international events; the Millennium Stadium is recognised across the world, the newly developed Swalec Stadium hosted the opening test match of the 2009 Ashes Cricket Tour and the Wales Millennium Centre has established a worldwide reputation as an excellent arts and cultural venue. Cardiff enjoys a healthy residential market, yet the cost of housing is lower than many other parts of the UK. 

Schools offer a high standard of education and facilities. The UHB's Accommodation Department will offer help and support to new trainees seeking to relocate to the City. Surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty, with the Brecon Beacons National Park, Swansea Gower Peninsula and the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan all nearby, Cardiff really does have it all. 

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