These are more of the programmes and projects that are demonstrating excellence in the NHS in Wales.
Children’s passports help ease the way during hospital journey
Children needing cleft surgery in Morriston Hospital are being given a passport to prepare them and their parents for time at the Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate. Consultant clinical psychologist Vanessa Hammond explained: “We decided to develop the passport and bright ideas cards as a joint project, with us as psychologists working alongside the cleft team nurses, ward nurses and play specialists."
Boris and Doris are part of the fun – take a look at the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board website.
Within Cardiff and Vale UHB, approximately 140-160 patients per year require a tracheostomy. The needs of patients frequently cross traditional speciality working boundaries and location and resulting complications can rapidly become serious, especially in the critically ill. Following a successful bid to the NHS Wales Critical Care and Trauma Network, tracheostomy care has undergone a transformation, utilising a multi-disciplinary approach to improve patient care across a variety of clinical specialities. The tracheostomy project is therapy driven and supported by colleagues with the nursing and medical profession.
Find out how this change in care is making a difference at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Help for people with mild to moderate mental health conditions in GP surgeries
Hundreds of people have been given help to cope with a range of common mental health problems as part of a programme delivered by Mind practitioners at some surgeries in Cwm Taf. Practitioner Linda Allen, said: “The role of the practitioner is to help people to recognise that they have the power to change the way they’re thinking, which enables them to change their thoughts and behaviours. Quite often they need someone to listen to them and to validate their experience is really affecting their life. The biggest issues we get through the door is anxiety.”
See what the patients and staff have to say on Cwm Taf University Health Board’s website.
Wales hosts European epidemiology course for first time
We hosted the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) vaccinology module which saw Public Health Wales staff teaching and facilitating the module along with experts from across Europe. “We are really pleased to be able to host and help teach this group of epidemiologists and public health microbiologists from across Europe, including sharing our methods and successes in vaccination in Wales,” said Dr Chris Williams, Consultant Epidemiologist and former EPIET fellow and Scientific Coordinator.
What’s EPIET? You’ll find the answer on the Public Health Wales website.
An integrated approach to addressing service user concerns in Powys
The Sage & Thyme model, is helping health and care professionals to work together in Powys across organisational boundaries to respond to the concerns of service users. Sage and Thyme is a mnemonic tool which guides healthcare professionals and care workers through conversations with someone who is distressed or concerned.
Read more about Sage & Thyme and how it is working in the Powys Teaching Health Board area.
Advanced paramedic initiative wins national award
Welsh Ambulance Services’ Advanced Paramedic Practitioner (APP) pilot scheme was recognised in the Leading for the Future category at the All Wales Continuous Improvement Community Awards 2018. Andy Swinburn, Assistant Director of Paramedicine, said: “It’s important now more than ever that we look at new and innovative ways to deliver care for our patients, and the outcomes we’ve achieved to date show this is definitely making a difference.”
Read more about the scheme on the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust website.
Prehabilitation and Optimisation Programme (POP)
New early warning system delivers more reliable care for patients at Ysbyty Gwynedd
Sepsis Star system launched in Wales’ largest Emergency Unit
Innovative website to support bowel cancer patients and educate staff
Patient interview panels introduced as part of drive to improve mental health care