Originally from Windsor, core medical trainee, Holly Morgan (27) chose Wales, over London, to complete her training and she hasn’t looked back since. Having just bought her first flat in Cardiff, with her partner Alex, Holly fully intends to make Wales her home, as well as her work place, once she qualifies. She explains:
“I was raised just outside London, but when researching medical schools I wanted to live and study in a safe and friendly city. My mother was raised in Abergavenny and when visiting Cardiff for my medical school interview I fell in love with it. When it came to a choice of Wales or London to complete my foundation training, it was an easy choice.
“I wanted to train somewhere where I wasn’t just a number but could feel part of one large family and the Wales Deanery didn’t disappoint. After a year in Australia I still felt the same about settling in Wales and applied for my core medical training here too.
“It’s an incredibly nurturing training environment in Wales with help and support every step of the way. I was provided with free accommodation for my Foundation Year One – an offer exclusive to trainees in Wales. I was also empowered to explore my potential outside of the nine-to-five. This led to my friend and I securing grant-funding from the Deanery to set up a website for core medical trainees like me in Wales and we now have 150 regular site users.
“For the past six months, I’ve been training at the cardiology unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales. It’s a very busy hospital with lots of opportunity for hands on experience in patient care but never too busy to provide the time needed for me to attend clinics and practice important procedures. The consultants are all really supportive too and are always encouraging us to take on research projects alongside our ward work to get the very best out of our training experience.
“Outside of work I also feel Wales provides me with endless opportunities for things to do. From mountain walking in the Brecon Beacons to zip-lining in Bangor and relaxing on the beaches in Mumbles. There’s something for everyone.
“The training support I’ve received in Wales has been second to none, as has the warm Welsh welcome I’ve received since moving here. All of which has cemented my decision to make Wales my home and pursue a career in cardiology and I would readily encourage others to follow my lead.”