FAQs for Trainees

In October 2018, the Welsh Government established Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), a special health authority that sits alongside Health Boards and Trusts within NHS Wales.

HEIW combined and further developed existing expertise in training, planning, shaping, and supporting the health workforce in Wales. It brought together three key organisations: the Wales Deanery, NHS Wales’s Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS), and the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE). HEIW’s key functions include: strategic workforce planning, workforce intelligence, education and training, workforce development and modernisation, leadership development, careers and widening access.

Online journals and research

You still have access to online journals and research via the NHS Wales e-Library for Health, which currently provides access to e-resources including e-journals, databases, and clinical guideline tools. A range of new e-journals, point-of-care tools, and e-learning became available from October 2018. You also have full access to all these resources, plus support from your local health board or trust library service for help with literature searching, inter-library loan requests, borrowing books, and more.

NHS Wales e-Library for Health

From within the NHS Wales network, you have instant access to the e-Library for Health via the NHS Wales e-Library intranet site: http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/elibrary. From home or when using public Wi-Fi, you can access it via the e-Library internet site (http://www.wales.nhs.uk/elibrary) using your NHS Wales OpenAthens login credentials. For advice and training in using the NHS Wales e-Library for Health e-resources, please contact your local NHS Wales Librarian: https://libraries.walesdeanery.org/view-all-libraries. For any further information about the e-Library, please contact elibrary@wales.nhs.uk. You can self-register for an NHS Wales OpenAthens account now: https://register.openathens.net/wales.nhs.uk/register.   

Cardiff University library services

All staff in Cardiff and Vale UHB and Velindre NHS Trust (including trainers and trainees) are entitled to full membership of the University Library service, but this doesn’t include a Cardiff University computing account or online access to the Library e-resources. However, there is a walk-in access service for a selection of the Library’s e-resources. For further details, visit: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/libraries/visiting-and-membership/nhs-staff/staff-at-cardiff-and-vale-uhb-and-velindre-nhs-trust. All other NHS Wales staff are entitled to a community membership, which enables you to borrow books from any of the University’s libraries. For further details, visit: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/libraries/visiting-and-membership/nhs-staff/other-nhs-wales-staff.


In partnership with the NHS Wales Information Service we have tested Eduroam accessibility with a pilot group of medical trainers and trainees. Initial results indicate a number of successful Eduroam connections across Wales in locations where Eduroam is available. Where Eduroam is not available we are working closely with local health boards, trusts and Cardiff University to promote the rollout of Eduroam in these locations. The pilot group continues to have access to Eduroam with a view that additional groups of users will be added in due course. 

Office 365

Trainees previously had access to Office 365 via the University. HEIW is currently working with NWIS and Health Boards across Wales to roll out Office 365 so that trainees have access via both desktop and personal devices.

Cardiff University meeting rooms

All NHS staff can book Cardiff University rooms in the Main Hospital Building on the Heath Park campus via https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/business/facilities/meeting-facilities/find-a-meeting-room/trust-meeting-room-requests. You should use your @wales.nhs.uk email address for this booking. For other University rooms on the Heath Park campus, you must have other Cardiff University staff or students present.

Group study/seminar rooms within the Health Library on the Heath Park campus continue to be available to only Cardiff and Vale UHB trainees via a different system to the above.

UpToDate (point-of-care tool)

If you require information about this, please email elibrary@wales.nhs.uk for further information.

SPSS statistical software package

We recognise the importance of research support tools such as SPSS to trainees, and are currently looking at various options with regards to SPSS. This work is ongoing, and we’ll keep you updated on progress.

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