Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board was formed on 1st October 2009 as a result of a reorganisation within the NHS in Wales and consists of the former Local Health Boards (LHBs) for Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend and also the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust. The Health Board covers a population of approximately 500,000 people and has a budget of £1.3 billion. The Health Board employs around 16,500 members of staff, 70% of whom are involved in direct patient care.
The Health Board has four acute hospitals providing a range of services; these are Singleton and Morriston Hospitals in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot Hospital in Port Talbot and the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend. There are a number of smaller community hospitals primary care resource centres providing important clinical services to our residents outside of the four main acute hospital settings.
The Health Board acts as the service provider for Wales and the South West of England in respect of Burns and Plastic Surgery. In addition, Forensic Mental Health services are provided to a wider community which extends across the whole of South Wales, while Learning Disability services are provided from Swansea to Cardiff. A range of community based services are also delivered in patients’ homes, via community hospitals, health centres and clinics.
The Health Board contracts with independent practitioners in respect of primary care services which are delivered by General Practitioners, Opticians, Pharmacists and Dentists. There are 77 General Practices across the Health Board.
The Health Board manages two practices in the Neath Port Talbot area: in the Afan Valley and Neath town centre and one in Bridgend: Nantyffyllon. All other practices are independent, self-governing organisations. Practice list sizes vary across the area, with the lowest approximately 1,000 patients and the highest 20,000 patients. Outside normal practice hours the Health Board also has responsibility for the provision of an Out of Hours GP service.
There are more than 300 General Practitioners, around 275 dentists, 125 Community Pharmacies and 60 Optometry premises across the Health Board. General Medical Services within Her Majesty’s Prison Swansea are also provided via ABM.
The Health Board is a University Health Board and has excellent links with Swansea University with whom it has a number of exciting joint projects currently underway. As a result of these excellent links, we have secured, in partnership, the Wales Graduate Entry Medical degree award. In addition, the development of the Institute of Life Science (ILS) and ILS 2 at the School of Medicine at Swansea University has created a safe and effective environment for an outstanding Clinical Research Facility.
This provides rich potential for medical and health advance and also for the strong promotion of the local knowledge economy. Further, impressive progress at the Swansea University College of Human and Health Sciences responsible for nursing, midwifery, and allied healthcare professional education across the Region has been made. This collaborative approach has led to the development of an ambitious programme for multi-disciplinary clinical skills teaching at the postgraduate level to support the development of new and innovative ways of working.