UWTSD and Sancta Maria Hospital SA1 collaboration will drive healthcare learning provision


A collaboration between University of Wales Trinity Saint David and South Wales' leading independent hospital, HMT Sancta Maria, to develop healthcare training and provision has been formally launched.

HMT Sancta Maria Hospital has broken ground on the site of its new purpose-built hospital in SA1. A turf cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 19, to mark the beginning of construction of the state-of-the-art hospital which will open its doors in autumn 2020.

The new hospital will dramatically improve the patient experience with new diagnostic equipment, including an MRI scanner, purpose-built consulting and ward rooms and on-site parking.

HMT Sancta Maria Hospital is currently based on Ffynone Road in Uplands. This move signals the start of the next chapter for the private hospital which is owned by registered charity, the Healthcare Management Trust (HMT).

HMT Sancta Maria is leasing the plot, on Langdon Road in SA1, from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). Following the opening of the University’s new SA1 Swansea Waterfront development in SA1 in September last year, the new hospital marks the next major development in the area and forms part of the wider regeneration of central Swansea.

The plot forms part of UWTSD’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, the university’s new home for Yr Athrofa - the Institute of Education, the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, the Construction Wales Innovation Centre and Y Fforwm, the University’s new learning resources centre. The aim is to create a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to co-locate and collaborate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region.

Roger Maidment, Dean of Faculty of Business and Management said: “We are delighted to be working with Sancta Maria in SA1 Swansea Waterfront. The partnership not only offers real placement and internship opportunities for students following our programmes within our Health and Social Care portfolio, but working together we can co-create a curriculum offer that integrates academic and professional skills and competencies.”

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice Chancellor of UWTSD, said: "Our vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighbourhood where people can study, work, live and spend their leisure time. In SA1 collaboration and partnership are the key drivers for teaching, learning and innovation. Together, with our partners we are developing new provision to address skills gaps, creating enterprise hubs and accelerator schemes to grow new businesses, developing the skills of current businesses and attracting new investment into the region.

"The University has already established a strong presence at this key waterfront location – it is a vital gateway into the city. Our partnership with HMT Sancta Maria will enable the University to develop our provision, especially in the areas of healthcare and management."

Tony Barrett, Chief Executive of HMT said: “The start of construction on a new HMT hospital in Swansea is a milestone achievement. The Uplands site has served us well over several decades, but we are keen to improve the patient experience and provide on-site diagnostic equipment that simply isn’t possible at the current hospital. We have been looking for a suitable new site for several years and we are delighted to be joining the thriving SA1 community alongside UWTSD and other forward-thinking businesses. We look forward to collaborating with the University in the coming years.”

Kier has been awarded the contract to build the hospital. As a socially-conscious organisation, Kier is committed to working alongside the local community and being a good neighbour. Through its CSR activity, the company will keep local residents informed of the progress, and work with local schools on education programmes that will add value and inspire young people.

Jason Taylor, Operations Director for Kier Wales said: “Kier has a successful pedigree in delivering large scale projects in the healthcare market over the last 10 years, with over 200 projects successfully delivered. We are delighted to be bringing this expertise, alongside our dedicated local knowledge, to be partnering with HMT and Gardiner and Theobald to deliver this amazing facility. Once complete, HMT Sancta Maria Hospital will be a high quality, modern and prominent facility providing state-of-the-art private hospital services and will be an excellent addition to Swansea.” 

"Kier is delighted to have been chosen to deliver the project in partnership with HMT and Gardiner and Theobald. The unique state-of-the-art private hospital location is a principal gateway into the city, further enhancing the good name Sancta Maria has within Swansea. Its design will be consistent with the SA1 surrounding buildings and will be an excellent addition to the wider regeneration of the city."

Note to Editor

UWTSD teaching and learning recognises the changing nature of the health professional, integrating skill-sets from a variety of backgrounds. Working in partnership, the University is developing programmes that redefine traditional HE delivery providing opportunities at all levels of study to fill gaps in current training and integrate subjects from complementary discipline areas. 

The University offers a range of programmes linked to Nursing, Health and Social Care from full-degrees to Higher Education Certificates and Diplomas. These programmes are delivered to facilitate flexible learning, focusing on the integration of theory and work- based practice.

UWTSD research in the area of product design concentrates on developing new assistive technologies and products to improve the quality of life. Social Sciences, Humanities and Computing facilitate the management and assimilation of data and assess the personal, social and economic impact of these initiatives.

UWTSD research in the area of Physical Literacy focuses on changing behaviours and attitudes to physical exercise using its expertise in teacher training and early childhood to develop policies and practices that will generate meaningful change. An inter-disciplinary approach enables colleagues to work together to integrate pedagogic change with innovative product design and the quantitative and qualitative assessment of impact.

Wales Institute for Physical Literacy links the educational provision within the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education with its research into physical literacy, health and ageing. Together these provide opportunities for Sports Therapy, Personal Training, and Health and Nutrition students and graduates.

Design4Health&Well-being at UWTSD is a multi-disciplinary research team developing assistive products for the remote monitoring of patient’s vital signs, for early diagnosis and improved post-operative recuperation. Similarly the Cerebra Innovation Centre at UWTSD designs products to improve the quality of life for children with brain injuries.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is also the home of the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC), housed in SA1 Swansea Waterfront’s Technium 1 building. ATiC, part of UWTSD Swansea College of Art, has a demonstrable track-record in providing practice-based research and development to support medical companies and healthcare related charities. The Centre’s work is primarily human-centred and innovation-led which enables researchers to collaborate with businesses to develop creative interventions that improve health and wellbeing. 

It is designed to support research collaborations in the life-sciences across Wales and builds upon UWTSD’s record of delivery in developing R&I excellence in the field of Health and Social Care. ATiC is part of Accelerate, a £24m programme, launched and led by the Life Sciences Hub Wales in collaboration with Cardiff University, Swansea University, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Accelerate helps translate innovative ideas into new technology, products, and services for the health and care sector, quickly, helping enterprises turn their innovative ideas into solutions.

Co-funded by the Welsh European Funding Office European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Government’s Health and Social Services Group, universities, the Life Sciences Hub Wales, and health boards, Accelerate’s ultimate aim is to create lasting economic value in Wales.

At the University’s Ethos Building in SA1, The Wales Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture (CBM) has been jointly established by the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Building on the strategic goals of the University, CBM is a core component of the SA1 development. Staff within CBM have extensive experience of working with maxillofacial surgeons, in the design and manufacture of anatomical models, surgical guides and implants, including medical grade titanium implants.

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