Wales: New courses allow healthcare staff to train while working

05 July 2019

Healthcare staff in isolated parts of Wales are to benefit from a ground-breaking initiative that will allow them to enrol in distance-learning nursing programmes without leaving their jobs.


The Open University nursing programme in Wales is open to staff who are currently employed in healthcare support roles within NHS Wales and primary care, including nurses and therapists.

This initiative, spearheaded by the newly formed Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), provides a part-time option, which means staff can train while staying in their homes and jobs.

Stephen Griffiths, director of nursing at HEIW, calls it a ‘landmark moment’, adding: ‘Now more than ever before, workers from a diverse range of backgrounds will have the opportunity to study and achieve their full potential.’