North Wales housing association helps home Betsi Cadwaladr overseas nursing staff

North Wales housing association helps home Betsi Cadwaladr overseas nursing staff

More homes to accommodate key nursing staff for north Wales will be available in a first partnership scheme of its kind between north Wales’ leading housing provider, Adra, and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

This scheme will provide overseas nursing staff and key workers with high quality, comfortable homes. The first four staff members have now moved into accommodation in Abergele. Adra has made a commitment to provide a home to 75 nursing staff a year to meet the requirements of the Health Board.

Health Board nursing staff will have access to high quality, safe, affordable accommodation close to their place of work. The availability of such accommodation within the Health Board’s area of operation has traditionally been very limited.

Iwan Trefor Jones, Adra’s Deputy Chief Executive said: “We are proud to continue our partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and we’re so glad that we can offer our support and help the NHS during this trying and uncertain time.

“When working in difficult circumstances, a comfortable home is valuable and important. We are happy to be able to provide this to overseas nursing staff and key workers who are playing a vital role in supporting our local NHS hospitals.”

Mark Wilkinson, Executive Director of Planning and Performance at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board commented: “This is a great boost for us to have Adra on board with their expertise in landlord services. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges in recruiting staff, particularly staff from overseas. Being able to provide this modern, high quality accommodation for these staff in partnership with Adra is a very welcome development.”

April Bureros, a member of overseas nursing staff for the Betsi Cadwladr University Health Board and Adra tenant added: “When we arrived the house was welcoming and everything we need was already here when we arrived. We have a comfortable and quiet environment to come home to after a busy shift at the hospital.”

Header image shows three new members of nursing staff at their new home provided by Adra (not social distancing in this photo as they live in the same household).

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