Plenty to be proud of in the NHS in Wales

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New hospital suite will provide a peaceful setting for people with dementia to spend their final days – BCUHB

A new care suite at Wrexham Maelor Hospital will provide a peaceful setting for people with dementia to spend their final days. The recently opened facility at the hospital’s Heddfan Older Persons Mental Health Unit will ensure that people with dementia can receive end of life care in a dignified setting away from the main hospital environment, if this is their wish and that of their family. Read more about it here.

Cardiff and Vale UHB innovation ‘Show Me Where’ goes global

Show Me Where, a pain communication tool created by Cardiff and Vale UHB staff members, is transforming the care of vulnerable adults and children who have barriers to communication. Created to allow patients to communicate via visual and physical rather than verbal means, the Show Me Where fan tool is made up of a series of lightweight and sterilisable polypropylene sheets that each feature an illustrated body part. It’s easy to attach to staff uniforms or a patient’s bedside, ensuring that patients are given the chance to communicate in the way that’s most comfortable for them when they’re at their most vulnerable. More details can be found here.

Launch of the Cwm Taf Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Music on the wards, art therapy, reading sessions, and even concerts and drama productions will become a regular part of improving patients’ wellbeing across Cwm Taf thanks to a new strategy launched by the health board. The arts can make a significant difference to the healing process, particularly those with mental or physical health challenges, memory loss or pain, and in improving patient and staff wellbeing. The new Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing Strategy sets out the health board’s vision of continuing to engage with patients, carers, staff, family, communities, and all our partners through the arts in its many forms.


Wales launches first of its kind Medical Trainer Agreement in UK - HEIW

 Wales has become the first place in the UK to adopt a ground-breaking approach to vital medical training.The new development aims to enhance standards of patient care and safety by raising the visibility of medical trainers and recognising their crucial role in supporting students and trainees.

The All Wales Medical Trainer Agreement (Secondary Care and Undergraduate Education), which has just been launched, has been developed by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) in collaboration with Cardiff University School of Medicine and Swansea University Medical School. The initiative is another important contribution to the Welsh Government’s Train.Work.Live campaign, which promotes Wales as an outstanding location for individuals to forge careers in healthcare.


Improving the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Agricultural Communities – Powys

Partners in Powys have come together to improve the mental health and wellbeing of agricultural communities. At a Networking Event earlier this year, local partners came together to agree ways to work together more effectively to help address the issue of mental health distress and stigma in the agricultural community. Planning is now underway to improve collaboration to address the issues raised. The Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership aims to ensure high quality, accessible, integrated care services to make a positive difference to the lives of people who need them and to promote positive mental and emotional health and wellbeing for all.


New National Report examines how Brexit may affect health and well-being of people across Wales – Public Health Wales

Published on 21 January 2019, the report, “The Public Health Implications of Brexit in Wales: A Health Impact Assessment Approach”, examines in detail how all aspects of the Brexit process may impact health. It considers the direct risks to health through potential impacts on access to medicines and the staffing of health and social care staff from European countries but also how changes in employment opportunities, the stress of uncertainty for farming and other communities, potential changes in employment rights and regulations of food standards and the marketing of goods such as tobacco and alcohol can impact the health of people across Wales. The Executive Summary, Main Findings and Technical Reports are available on the following link:

WAST Improvement & Innovation Network (WIIN)

The WAST Improvement & Innovation Network (WIIN) will go live on 25 March 2019.  WIIN is a Trust wide network designed to enable any member of staff who has an improvement or innovation to access support.  The purpose of WIIN was to “enable colleagues to make good improvements and innovations”.

Emotional podcast praises 'purpose and passion' of staff saving tiny babies – ABMU

World Cancer Day, 4th February – Velindre

Midwife Emma Thomas wins ‘RCM Midwife of the Year 2019’ for Wales - HDdUHB

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