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31 October 2018 | Firm News | Article by Gerallt Jones

Hugh James advises Cardiff University on establishment of £200 million Special Health Board

Hugh James has advised Cardiff University on the transfer of over 300 staff and 3,000 separate training courses from the University to a newly created body, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW). HEIW is the only Special Health Authority within NHS Wales, with a leading role in the education, training and development of the healthcare workforce in Wales. Established on 1 October 2018, HEIW brings together three key organisations for health: the Wales Deanery; NHS Wales’s Workforce Education and Development Services; and the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE).

The new body:

  • has an annual budget of £200 million
  • has over 400 core members of staff;
  • has over 1,800 medical and dental trainers and mentors, based in primary and secondary care; and
  • supports 3,000 training-grade doctors and dentists across Wales.

Gerallt Jones, Head of Corporate and Commercial, led the Hugh James team advising Cardiff University, which also included Partner Louise Price.

Carolyn Donoghue, Registrar of the College of Biomedical & Life Sciences at Cardiff University, said:

“The advice, guidance and support from Gerallt and the team was exemplary. They were responsive, supportive and highly professional in their approach and gained our confidence at a very early stage. The overall experience was very positive.”

Gerallt Jones said:

“I have nothing but admiration for the teams from Cardiff University, NHS Wales and Welsh Government who planned and implemented this mammoth project. The collaborative attitude adopted by the various different parties involved was a key factor in the success of the project and I would particularly like to congratulate those involved on this refreshing approach. It was a pleasure to support Carolyn and her colleagues at Cardiff University on this challenging transaction.”

Author bio

Gerallt Jones


Gerallt is a partner and head of the corporate and commercial team. Since joining Hugh James in 2005, Gerallt has led the team to be a leading player within the corporate and commercial market, advising clients including the Welsh Government, Princes Gate Water and the Development Bank of Wales.

Gerallt also has particular expertise in the sport and food & drink sectors, leading Hugh James’s relationships with clients in these sectors including the Welsh Rugby Union and Braces Bakery.

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