Partnership working brings new prostrate treatment to Wales
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is offering pioneering new prostrate treatment for Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPE) which dramatically cuts recovery time and reduces the risk of long term complications. The new treatment for BPE, called Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE), combines the expertise of Urology and Intervention Radiology and has previously only been available to patients in England. For suitable patients, this treatment will provide an additional treatment option for the Urology team at the Health Board. PAE uses the very latest techniques with a renewed focus on preventing long term negative effects and complications. The Health Board is now planning to offer this treatment more widely as an alternative for those suitable patients and future studies should help characterise those men most likely to benefit from PAE.
Real improvements are being made to mental health support in North Wales, according to the head of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s mental health services. The inspection team, whose visit was unannounced, found that patients received safe and effective care which was delivered by staff who were committed to meeting high standards.
In a UK first bike share scheme nextbike is helping doctors dish out a dose of pedal power to help people cycle their way to better health and potentially save lives. Launching on Wednesday (May 8) the ground breaking pilot scheme will allow local GPs in Cardiff to prescribe patients with a six month membership to nextbike – as doctors say regular cycling could cut the risk of death from heart disease by half. The pilot, which is led by Cardiff and Vale UHB, is the first of its kind in the UK and will initially start with two GP practices.
Doctors and dentists across Wales have been recognised for their invaluable commitment to educating the next generation of healthcare professionals. The dedication of medical and dental trainers ensures NHS Wales is equipped to deliver excellent patient care now and in the future. Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) has recently awarded five winners, along with three runners up, in the BEST Awards 2018.
Improving access to Advance Care Planning in Powys: My Life, My Wishes
A new Advance Care Plan called "My Life My Wishes" has been launched in Powys as part of Byw Nawr Dying Matters Week (13 to 19 May 2019). The Advance Care Plan aims to support people in Powys to have active conversations to plan for their future. The document and supporting resources have been co-produced with patients, carer and staff – and a cavalcade of champions is now in place across the county to spread the word. The theme for this year’s Byw Nawr/ Dying Matters campaign was ‘Are We Ready’, looking at the practical and emotional steps we all need to take to be ready for the end of our lives. Opinion polls show that only about a third of people have written a will or thought about their funeral, and even fewer have thought about their end of life care, or made a decision about organ donation.
Help me quit
Help Me Quit is the NHS Wales integrated stop smoking support system, with ongoing development programmes around marketing, workforce development and service quality co-ordinated by Public Health Wales. Concerted social marketing and recruitment activity has led to significant recent increases in smokers accepting NHS quit support – up by nearly 20% in the first four months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Over 5500 smokers signed-up for a programme of cessation support in the period, up by over 800 on the start of 2018. The uplift is set against a context of significant decreases in smokers being helped to quit in other parts of the UK.
Successful recruitment of newly qualified paramedics
The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust recently held a successful ‘Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) Big Bang’ recruitment event in the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. The event attracted a large number of high calibre candidates from across the UK and as a result the Trust is delighted to have made over 60 conditional offers of employment.
– Hywel Dda UHB