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First Academies to Drive Global Healthcare Revolutions Launched in Wales


Wales has become the first country in the world to launch specialized Intensive Learning Academies (ILAs) that will deliver transformational training and support across preventative health, value-based health and care, and innovations in health and social care.

Welsh universities have created a range of flexible courses that include degree-level opportunities within these growing fields. They are open for professionals from the health and social care, and life sciences sectors across the globe to learn together.

Led by Swansea University and Bangor University, the ILAs are also delivering research and tailor-made consultancy services. This will support individual organizations to identify, develop and collaborate on innovative practices that will help to meet the challenges facing health and social care.

The three ILAs will commence activities across 2021, with each specializing in a subject identified as a key future growth area for the global health and social care markets:

  • The Value-Based Health and Care Academy developed at Swansea University offers educational courses, research opportunities, and consultancy services for Value-Based Health and Care.
  • With a focus on prevention, Bangor University’s ALPHAcademy will provide opportunities to support and develop leaders who are able to think with a cross sector and service perspective, and deliver change with firm knowledge and wide networks.
  • The All-Wales Academy for Innovation in Health & Social Care — a collaboration between Swansea University, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff University, and the Bevan Commission — is focusing on innovation and transformation within health and social care.

All courses will welcome applicants working across global health, social care, and life sciences systems. There are ILA scholarships available for those working within the health, social care and third sector within Wales and internationally, and for those who wish to retrain to join the sector.

Applications are now open for the bespoke programs, with more information available on the Life Sciences Hub Wales website.

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