Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences today signed a new partnership agreement with Cwm Taf University Health Board Public Health Unit, through which the two organisations will work closely to explore ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population. The strategic alliance will bring together academics, students, and practitioners to develop community-focused projects to address a range local issues.
Representatives from Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences and Cwm Taf Health Board came together at the University's Llandaff campus today to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding to drive the alliance forward.
Dr. Ian Mathieson, Deputy Dean of Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences said: "We are delighted to formalise this brand new working partnership with Cwm Taf University Health Board Public Health Unit – one which will see experts working closely together to innovate and ultimately help deliver real improvements to people's lives in terms of their wellbeing.
"We are always looking for opportunities to provide our students with inspiring, interesting and unique learning experiences which can be directly applied to real situations. This alliance will offer a whole range of community-based research projects which directly address real life need in local communities. We will be working closely with healthcare staff at Cwm Taf to develop targeted research and interventions around key issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
"We have a wealth of knowledge and expertise across disciplines including Dietetics and Nutrition, Sport and Exercise Science, Health Psychology, Environmental and Public Health and Biomedical Science. In conjunction with the clinical expertise in Cwm Taf, we will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate a range of interventions. We are keen to offer value to the local communities surrounding us and this will be a mutually beneficial working relationship."
Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, Public Health Director of Cwm Taf University Health Board said: "This is an incredibly important new partnership that will see many of our practitioners working directly with academic experts and students to help deliver real improvements to people's lives in terms of their wellbeing. Some of the challenges we face across Merthyr Tydfil County Borough and Rhondda Cynon Taf are specific to our local communities and this joint venture will enable us to develop bespoke interventions and strategies to address some of these issues.
"Signing the Memorandum of Understanding is just the beginning of this exciting collaboration and signifies the strong desire and commitment of all partners to drive this ambitious project forward."
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