Work has started to build a new £2.8m undergraduate medical education facility at Keir Hardie University Health Park in Merthyr Tydfil.
Due to open in January 2015, the new education facility will provide medical students with practical learning experience as part of the new C21 curriculum developed by Cardiff University.
The new curriculum places a greater emphasis on theoretical learning combined with direct patient contact in the early years of doctors in training.
In the first two years of the new curriculum, students from Cardiff University will be placed with the health board for community based learning. During the course of their placement, students will attend case-based teaching sessions at Keir Hardie University Health Park, applying their learning to real NHS situations, involving real ‘volunteer instructor patients’. This teaching is supplemented with visits to GP surgeries and patients at home, drug and alcohol teams and care of the elderly community teams.
Dr Christopher Jones, Chairman of Cwm Taf University Health Board said: “This is just the beginning of our medical teaching unit.
undergradmededufacmerth2.jpg“When it is completed, the whole building will form the foundation for encouraging young people to come and work in this area and be the doctors of the future.”
The Dean of Medicine at Cardiff University, Professor John Bligh said: “This building is a sign of the enthusiasm and commitment of the health board to encourage young people to take up a career in medicine and to ensure that the health board area attracts the very best doctors in the future.”
Dr Christopher Jones, chairman of Cwm Taf University Health Board talks to members of Boyes Rees, architects and Interserve Ccnstruction.
Source: Cwm Taf University Health Board