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20 more things to be proud of in NHS Wales

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Good News Story- Intergenerational Practice, Aneurin Bevan UHB

In 2017, an inquiry into loneliness and isolation recognised the benefits of intergenerational contact. Over the past year, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and its partners have been working with organisations and communities in an attempt to combat social isolation and loneliness through the Ffrind i mi/Friend of mine® initiative (www.ffrindimi.co.uk). Recent partnerships with schools/school children, college students, and police/volunteer cadets has resulted in increased intergenerational befriending in care homes, sheltered accommodation and on hospital wards. This has identified positive benefits for both children and older people.

Ysbyty Gwynedd becomes first acute hospital in Wales to receive ‘Dementia Friendly’ status, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB

Ysbyty Gwynedd is the first acute hospital in Wales to receive official recognition of working to become dementia friendly. The hospital has been recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of its work to recognise organisations and individuals supporting awareness around dementia. Over 300 members of staff are now ‘Dementia Friends’ at Ysbyty Gwynedd, which is only the second acute hospital in the UK to receive this recognition from the Alzheimer’s Society. Read more here.

Walking rugby gets communities involved in healthier lifestyles, Cwm Taff UHB

Familiar faces from the rugby world faced stiff competition from a community group doing wonders for physical and mental health in Cwm Taf recently. Former Wales captain Ryan Jones and Scrum V presenter Phil Steele joined in a tournament at the Pontypridd RFC ground following the success of a walking rugby project, which is supported by the Taff Ely primary care cluster and has attracted the support of the WRU. Read more here.

 

Health Education and Improvement Wales develops stress management toolkit to support NHS staff

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) has developed practical tips to help NHS Wales staff build resilience, manage stress and support each other. In collaboration with DNA Definitive, Dr Mark Stacey, Associate Dean New Initiatives at HEIW and Consultant Anaesthetist, has developed a visual toolkit called the ‘Baker’s Dozen of Mental Toughness’. The toolkit will help NHS staff to overcome the ever-increasing pressures of modern life. Read more here.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has received a Royal College of Psychiatry (RCPsych) award for its dedication to improve adult mental health services in mid and west Wales

Hywel Dda University Health Board has received a Royal College of Psychiatry (RCPsych) award for its dedication to improve adult mental health services in mid and west Wales. The RCPsych Awards mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry and recognise the work being carried out by teams working in mental health care. The project team were awarded  the ‘Team of the Year: Outstanding Commitment to Sustainable Service Development’ award, for the Transforming Mental Health Services ‘Journey to Recovery’ project. Read more here.

Senior Clinical support ensuring clinical support during times of increased system pressure, WAST

The winter period brings with it additional system pressures that can increase the degree of support required for our patient facing staff.  Opportunities to create support networks have been investigated in order to assist clinicians during the clinical decision making process to ensure they feel supported and empowered.

In addition to the current support offered by EMRTS Cymru, the Advanced Paramedic Practitioner Desk and Clinical Support Desk, the Trust is piloting the provision of Senior Clinical Support on a 24/7 basis to support the principle of ‘no decision in isolation’.   Clinicians are encouraged to seek senior clinical support in any circumstance where they feel a ‘peer to peer’ discussion may assist with the decision making process

Twin bundles of joy after couple’s beautiful but testing time – Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB

Cardiff and Vale UHB innovation project awarded funding by the Health Foundation

New Year’s Honours for two of Velindre’s finest

Public Health Wales Nursing Awards

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