New Chair in Rural Health and Community Wellbeing

“For years the phrase ‘health and wellbeing’ has been used to describe physical and mental health, but how do we enable a community to grow its wellbeing? Are there lessons in a rural setting for health strategy and delivery if we start to look at what keeps a community healthy rather than delivering a sickness service? Can we create a strong evidence base to influence future policy development in a country committed to acting sustainably?”

Jane Davidson, Director of the Wales Institute for Sustainability at Trinity Saint David University

Photo by A Roger Davies

An exciting new opportunity in the field of rural health, the first Hywel Dda Reader/Chair of Rural Health and Community Wellbeing, is being created by a joint partnership between two well respected rurally based universities, Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The universities have come together with the regional health service provider, Hywel Dda Health Board, to generate an international research opportunity in rural wellbeing/health economics open to an imaginative senior researcher who wants to exert influence over policy development in a strategic way.  S/he will be responsible for leading research and policy development in relation to the following key areas:

  • Community cohesion and engagement
  • Role of health and wellbeing in rural regeneration
  • Improved access to services in a rural area
  • Service integration and workforce development models

Trevor Purt, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda Health Board  “We are delighted to work together in partnership with our colleagues in the higher education sector.  We clearly recognise the unique challenges of our large rural geography, but far from seeing this as a problem; we see it as an opportunity to specifically meet the needs of our rural communities.  This is about ensuring our services work for the people we serve and developing the national Rural Health Plan into actions that will deliver a new type of healthcare provision in a real rural area, with real people, every day.”

Prof Martin Jones, Pro Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University goes on to say “This is a unique opportunity for the right candidate to make a demonstrable contribution to major health and social care policy and practice and/or policy changes through the application of research. The universities are keen to be at the forefront of new sustainable ways of thinking about health, wellbeing and rural regeneration and are looking to work with the successful applicant to consolidate new research and development opportunities in beautiful West Wales. We are looking for the right person to take this prestigious new role and would welcome applications from around the world”

For more details you can download a job pack.

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