Richard Desir

Transforming the Nursing Workforce in Wales

Richard Desir is a Senior Workforce Transformation Nurse in Cardiff. Originally from Manchester, he moved to South Wales to live with his wife and family in 2007 and continue his career, which resulted in great career growth and a balanced lifestyle. He explains: 


“I was born and raised in Manchester and qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1989. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including Inpatient medical and rehabilitation wards; cardio-thoracic care, accident and emergency and NHS Walk-in Centre’s in the north of England.

“I met my wife who is Welsh, and who was also a Registered Nurse in England, and she really wanted to raise a family in Wales, so it felt completely natural to relocate back to her home city of Cardiff. I quickly realised how versatile Wales is from both a career and lifestyle perspective; everything you could ever want - from beautiful landscapes to urban towns - is within an hour’s drive. 

“The move to South Wales gave me the opportunity to try something new, so I started working as a senior nurse within Intermediate Care Services in Swansea; I also worked in Powys as a lead Nurse within a rural community nursing environment and I’ve spent the last 5 years working in South East Wales. 

“More recently I have worked as a senior workforce Transformation Nurse, working alongside the most  fantastic team within the Clinical Futures Programme in my Health Board which sets out our  strategy of delivering care close to home; creating a network of local hospitals providing in patient care services, routine diagnostic and treatment services, and finally the centralising specialist and critical care services in a purpose build Specialist and Critical Care Centre. It is currently the largest transformation programme in NHS Wales. The team are innovative and creative; supportive and the friendly environment is second to none here.

“My current role as a Senior Workforce Transformation Nurse within the Clinical Futures Programme involves supporting, leading, designing and delivering the future nursing workforce required for the network of local hospitals, the Critical Care Centre and supporting role development within primary and community settings. The main purpose of my role is therefore to identify new ways of delivering care and improving the patient experience. 

“At the same time, I have held a prominent role in the wider All Wales Nurse staffing Programmes; namely the All Wales District Nursing Workforce Operational Lead for the Nurse Staffing programme.  My role was to lead the development of an evidence-based workload and workforce tool in keeping with The Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016. 

“In terms of personal development, I’ve benefitted from several additional training courses in Wales, including support in undertaking the Post Graduate Certificate Strategic Workforce Planning which gave me the opportunity to develop a business case for developing and implementing the 24-hour district nursing service within my health board.

“I’ve also picked up some awards during my career within Wales — including runner-up for the Royal  College of Nursing’s ‘Community Nurse of the Year’ in 2015” for developing pathways and processes to improve the older persons experience from discharge from a hospital setting to a nursing home or residential care setting. 

“Living in Wales is great from a career and family perspective. Cardiff is such a vibrant city which is so diverse and inclusive, and the balance of rural and urban is great for both work and leisure. As a father, I’ve also been able to see first-hand what great opportunities are out there for young people, too. 

“Outside of work, I’m an Under-13s football coach and have been involved in grass roots football in Wales for just over 8 years. It’s something I thoroughly enjoy, as well as being able to give something back to my community. For people looking to try something new, come and see what Wales has to offer — I guarantee you won’t regret it!”