The North Wales housing association Adra has agreed a deal to provide homes to accommodate the region’s key nursing staff.
The partnership will see Adra provide a home to 75 nursing staff at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board a year to meet the Health Board’s requirements.
Adra, North Wales’ largest social housing provider responsible for looking after 6,300 homes, says the partnership is the first of its kind between the housing association and the board.
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.”
The Board is the largest health organisation in Wales, responsible for providing services for around 694,000 people in North Wales, Mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire.
With affordable housing traditionally limited in the Health Board’s area of operation, the deal will see overseas nursing staff and key workers given access to high-quality affordable housing close to their place of work.
The first four nurses working for the Health Board have now moved into accommodation in Abergele, Conwy.
Mark Wilkinson, executive director of planning and performance at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “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 said: “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.”
Image: Three new members of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board nursing staff at their new home provided by Adra. Credit: Adra.