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The ARCH Portfolio

ARCH is a long term transformational collaboration that aims to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the South West Wales region.

We have an ambitious portfolio of regional work, delivered through 4 programmes of work as set out in the ARCH Portfolio Development Plan and underpinned by the Welsh Government publication ‘A Healthier Wales’,

We believe a joined up regional approach is the only way we will be able to deliver meaningful change to address service pressures, workforce fragility and to drive a vibrant life science economy.

Research, Enterprise and Innovation

The aim of the ARCH Research, Enterprise and Innovation Programme is to expand Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) facilities and activity across the region and drive an ecosystem of vibrant life sciences as follows over the next 1-3 years.

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The ARCH Wellbeing Programme aims to contribute to the reduction of Health inequalities between population groups in South West Wales.

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Workforce, Skills and Education

The ARCH Workforce, Skills and Education Programme aims to widen access and opportunities for people living within the region to pursue a career with the NHS and promote South West Wales as the destination of choice to train, work, and live.

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Service Transformation

The Service Transformation Programme is taking a whole system approach to implement new service models based on the needs of our population, with a different approach to delivering health and care services, across system and organisational boundaries.


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Swansea Bay City Deal

The Swansea Bay City Deal is a £1.3bn investment in 11 major projects across the Swansea Bay City Region – which is made up of Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea.

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Latest News

  1. 28th Feb, 2019

    Course success rewarded with funding for extra places

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    Swansea University Medical School is so successful at training physician associates it has already been awarded funding to offer extra places.

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  2. 22nd Jun, 2018

    Swansea Universities' Research and Innovation Awards 2018

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    The Health and Wellbeing Academy does it again!

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  3. 20th Jun, 2018

    ARCH attends MediWales Connects Event

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    This year, Swansea University hosted this event which included guest speakers from Welsh Government, Health Boards and uniquely, to celebrate the 70th NHS year of the NHS, Aneira Thomas - the first baby born into the NHS.

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  4. 14th Jun, 2018

    Swansea Universities' Health and Wellbeing Academy WINS Guardian Award for Social Impact

    News Image:Swansea Universities' Health and Wellbeing Academy WINS Guardian Award for Social Impact

    The Health and Wellbeing Academy (HWA) in Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences offers affordable and flexible health services to the local community.

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