Powys Patients' Council
We are recruiting new volunteers to be involved in Powys Patients' Council
, and particularly looking to recruit women
as currently there are none in the team. This project is funded by Powys teaching Health Board, and independently managed by PAVO's Mental Health team. Benefits of volunteering with the project include receiving training in mental health awareness, listening skills, and influencing senior executives. It involves attending monthly visiting sessions at Felindre Ward in Bronllys Hospital
, and transport, travel expenses and lunch are provided. You would be part of a group of people helping to resolve issues brought to us by patients on the ward. This plays a big part in making life better for people whilst they are in hospital. If this sounds like something you'd like to take part in, please contact Jane Cooke, tel: 01597 822191, or email email@example.com
Philip Moisson, who is currently facilitating the Patients' Council meetings, updates us about the last meeting:
"Some matters that were discussed in June included the procedure for patients to comment on ward meals. Also, there were some discussions around the proposal to turn the current smoking room into a gym therefore allowing the chance for more physical activity - which itself has increased with the work of occupational therapists. We were told that advocates are now on the ward less often, which is disappointing. Also, some of the practicalities of having full but filtered internet access on the ward were talked about."
Other involvement opportunities:
- Apply to be a member of Care & Social Services Inspectorate Wales's new regional forums. CSSIW is looking for people who use and have experience of care, childcare and social services - such as carers, parents, former professionals and members of the public. Closing date: 26 August. More here.
- The University of Manchester - Centre for Mental Health & Safety - is conducting a survey on How safe is mental health care? Whether you are someone who has been in the care of mental health services or a family member or friend, the Centre is interested in your views. More here.
- Vital Signs: taking the pulse of Welsh communities: survey to say how you feel about the community where you live. Nominate your chosen community organisation for the chance to win £1,000! More here.
NEWS, EVENTS & TRAINING
Talk to Me 2 - National Suicide & Self-harm Prevention Strategy launch
Professor Mark Drakeford, the Minister for Health and Social Services, will launch the strategy, entitled Talk to Me 2
, on Thursday, July 16 at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff
. The strategy sets out priorities to be addressed at national regional level and local levels. More here
A new Assistant Chief Constable, Liane James, joined Dyfed-Powys Police this month.
Liane was previously temporary Assistant Chief Constable of specialist crime at South Wales Police, where she started her career in 1990. She has specialised in terrorism policing, including being the national lead for the crime, and has worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers in the area. Liane was also responsible for mental health and e-crime in Wales.
The Care Quality Commission in England has just published its report Right Here, Right Now
: people’s experiences of help, care and support during a mental health crisis.
Findings show there are clear variations in the help, care and support available to people in crisis. A person’s experience depends not only on where they live, but what part of the system they come into contact with. More here
Rekindle, the Newtown charity
"getting young people to talk about mental health" has moved to new premises at 11/12 Market Street. The Small Steps Project
works with people aged 16 - 25 to offer early intervention for those at risk of or already experiencing mental distress such as depression or anxiety, or who self-harm.
Mid Powys Mind has a new Re-ablement Worker
following receipt of funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation. Mandy Pearce will provide support to people in transition from Bronllys psychiatric hospital back into the community. More on the charity's new website
Brecon Dementia Friendly Community and Llanfaes School
- watch a video produced by Powys County Council's Health and Adult Social Care Integrated Leadership Board about the school's work to support the local community and people living with dementia at Trenewydd Residential Home. More here
The mental health charity Powys Mental Health Alliance produces Headspace magazine twice a year
. The Spring 2015 issue has articles on Specialist care at Phoenix House Hospital in Welshpool and volunteering with the Samaritans. You can now read this and all the back issues online here
Do you know about the Silverline helpline?
It is a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK,
open every day and night of the year. You can ring
0800 4 70 80 90 for information, friendship and advice.
Open Dialogue UK is bringing Foundation training
in the Open Dialogue approach to the UK in 2016 for for NHS Teams, Peers and Independent Practitioners. Open Dialogue is an innovative, network-based approach to persons experiencing severe psychiatric crises and conditions originally developed in Finland. More here
The Hafal roadshow is at the Royal Welsh Showground
near Builth Wells in Powys on 22 July
. The aim of the campaign is to unite people through music. Getting out, meeting people and taking part in activities can have a huge impact on people's recovery from mental distress. More here.
Powys Health & Wellbeing Action Group
is looking at setting up a health park in Bronllys on the hospital site
. You can read the group's latest newsletter here
Find out more about general health support on our PAVO Health & Social Care team's blog.
This month: NHS Screening
- a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions. Various screening programmes will be visiting Knighton during July, including breast, bowel, cervical. More here.