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Building Bridges across the Generations: Intergenerational Strategy

Ffrind i mi (Friend of Mine) is a partnership approach in Aneurin Bevan UHB that aims to reconnect people with their communities. At its heart lays a compassionate community approach to well-being and one that aims to combat social isolation and loneliness amongst our population. This initiative supports The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the work programme is directed by the Ffrind i mi ambition statements. This low cost/no cost social movement has resulted in a significant growth in intergenerational befriending across care homes and hospital wards. Ffrind i mi recently won an NHS Wales Award 2018 in the category ‘Citizens at the Centre of Service Redesign and Delivery’.

Peas Please

Peas Please is a campaign in Cardiff and Vale UHB that is coordinated by partner organisations in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and aims to bring together business and brands from across the food system to secure commitments to improve the availability, affordability and quality of the veg offered in supermarkets, shops, schools, pubs, fast food outlets and beyond. Peas Please has delivered 4.8 million additional portions of veg in its first year.

Interested in finding out more? Read more on the Food Cardiff website.

Junior volunteer pilot helps provide improved patient experience in hospital

Cwm Taf University Health Board has been working with local school pupils to pilot a new junior volunteer scheme to help improve hospital stays for patients. The project, designed to create more volunteer opportunities for younger people in the Cwm Taf area, saw Year Eleven students spending their free time as ward befrienders for older patients on Ward B2 at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda hospital.

Making Every Contact Count in Physiotherapy in Powys

Partnership working between Physiotherapy and Public Health aims to encourage physiotherapists across Powys to make every contact count. Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change which uses the day-to-day interactions healthcare staff have to support their patients in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. This has included focusing on Making Every Contact Count training, implementation of Health Information Boards in physio departments to encourage MECC conversations, and the use of a prompt card to encourage MECC discussions within appointments. The scheme is now being rolled out more widely and supported by Motivational Interview training.

Read more about the scheme. 

The first ‘sustainable series’ briefing has been published, ‘Creating Healthier Places and Spaces for Current and Future Generations’

A new guide, 'Creating healthier places and spaces for our present and future generations', has been published (PDF) by the Health and Sustainability Hub and Cardiff and Vale Team of Public Health Wales, with input from Natural Resources Wales. It has been developed in response to a request by public services boards for advice on taking forward actions that address and enhance the health and well-being opportunities afforded by the natural and built environment.
 

New 111 Service Goes Live in Powys

Patients living in Powys are now able to dial 111 to access their GP Out-of-Hours service and NHS Direct Wales - making it easier to get the advice, support or treatment that is right for them. Powys follows in the footsteps of ABMU and Hywel Dda Health Boards, in launching 111 services, improving urgent healthcare support and advice for patients when their own surgery is closed. Operated by Welsh Ambulance on behalf of NHS Wales, the 111 Service doesn’t replace NHS Direct Wales and GP out-of-hours, but brings them together under one, easy to remember number, allowing experienced healthcare professionals – nurses and, during evenings, weekends and bank holidays, GPs and pharmacists – to prioritise calls so that those most urgently in need can be treated first.

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The announcement by the Secretary of State of a raft of measures designed to improve the mental health of NHS staff is an important and welcome one. It is a first step in the NHS making good on the NHS Ten Year Plan's desire to see employers having "a key role to play in supporting their staff to stay well and in work.” Given the higher than average sickness rates in the NHS compared to other public sector organisations, Peter Molyneux, chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, explains why it is important that the NHS sets the standard.

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