Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) was established in October 2009 and is one of the largest NHS organisations in the UK. As a UHB, we have a responsibility for around 475,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan (from Trowbridge/St Mellons in the East to Llantwit Major/St Bride’s Major in the West). This includes health promotion and public health functions as well as the provision of local primary care services (GP practices, dentists, optometrists and community pharmacists) and the running of hospitals, health centres, community health teams and mental health services. GP Practices, General Dental Practices, Optometry Services and Community Pharmacies are grouped within primary care clusters and support the UHB in planning and delivering services for local communities. The map below provides a high level summary of the range and volume of activity undertaken within Cardiff and Vale Primary Care Clusters in 2014.
Together with some services from other Health Boards and key partners (for example learning disabilities services are provided by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB and Specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are provided by Cwm Taf UHB), we provide a full range of health services for our local residents.
We also provide specialist services such as paediatric intensive care, specialist children's services, renal services, cardiac services, neurology, bone marrow transplantation and medical genetics for people across South Wales and in some cases the whole of Wales and parts of England where we have developed specialist links with English Community Care Groups (CCGs), Area Teams and other teaching hospitals and Universities.
To deliver these highly diverse and complex services, we spend over £1.2 billion every year and employ around 14,000 staff.
We are also a teaching Health Board with close links to Cardiff University, which boasts a high profile teaching, research and development role within the UK and abroad. This is alongside other academic links with Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. We offer under and post graduate medical education and training as per our agreement with both the Wales Deanery and Cardiff University School of Medicine and we also train the largest number of Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists and Nurses of any health board in Wales. Together, we are training the next generation of clinical and non-clinical professionals.