A ground-breaking agreement was signed on Wednesday 9th December between two major NHS Wales universities and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) is hailed as a milestone linking health technology and academia.
A Memorandum of Understanding brings the University of South Wales into an existing partnership between the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and NWIS to further strengthen the Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI) and public sector digital health healthcare.
The current WIDI partnership has seen great opportunities for NHS Wales staff to take up new educational opportunities, in health technology, data and information. The new arrangement now widens the scope to cover research.
Helen Thomas, interim CEO for NWIS said: “The opportunities to develop even closer working relationships with the academic institutions through WIDI will enable us to become a world leading partnership. This will offer substantial staff development for everyone working in digital healthcare as well as giving us as an organisation the benefits of having access to experts in research and innovation both here in Wales and on the global stage.
“With the formation of the new Special Health Authority, ‘Digital Health and Care Wales’,in April 2021, I am confident the WIDI alliance will move from strength to strength in its evolution and look forward to expanding our collaboration with our colleagues at the two universities with taking forward a digital health agenda”.