Philip Moisson, who is currently facilitating the Patients' Council meetings, updates us about recent meetings:
"Our last two Patients' Council meetings have involved a variety of themes and some very interesting discussions. One thing that has stood out is how positive in general the feedback on the experience at Felindre Ward has been in comparison to other wards in other areas. We again discussed issues such as food and activity levels and asked people what they thought of plans to install a gym in the current smoking area - which most people like the sound of. Some people have been more content in general than others, and we have liased with staff over the situation for those with specific dietary needs. As it turns out, the catering will be provided from elsewhere soon. We are also chasing up the availability of benefits advice for patients - particularly for those who stay longer term, and hope to make progress on this soon."
If you would like to volunteer for Powys Patients' Council
please contact Jane Cooke, tel: 01597 822191, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other involvement opportunities:
- Self Injury Support and Cardiff University are working to develop a mobile phone app for people who self harm and are looking for people to get involved. More here.
- Dementia Project - Age Cymru is working with the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales on research to hear the voices and experiences of older people with dementia, their families and carers. Can you help? More here.
NEWS, EVENTS & TRAINING
Powys teaching Health Board is delighted to announce that Dr Wasi Mohamad will be acting as the Clinical Director for Mental Health Services
, for adults of all ages, in Powys from 20 July. Dr Mohamad is an experienced consultant psychiatrist who has led new ways of working such as the online CBT service
being rolled out across the county and developing alternatives to hospital treatment at home. Dr Mohamad’s experience as a young carer made him determined to become a psychiatrist. He is particularly interested in focusing services on earlier intervention to stop problems getting worse and harnessing opportunities in Powys to work closely with patients and other partners to develop local solutions. Dr Mohamad said “It is a privilege for me to take up this post in Powys where I started my psychiatric training in 1997. I will try my best in this role to make a difference in improving the quality of services for our service users.”
Cycling for Alzheimer's Society!
Andre Hutchinson is the Adult Mental Health Manager in Montgomeryshire, and Mike Hughes a Senior Mental Health Practitioner. They recently completed a 100 mile charity cycle ride in London to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society. Find out more and donate if you wish here
Community Action Machynlleth and District
has received a lottery award of £71,000 to develop its Pathways Project - a drop-in service for those experiencing mental health issues across the Dyfi Valley area. More here
Self Injury Support now circulates a monthly ebulletin,
Beyond Greenspace: how can different types of natural environment affect health & wellbeing?
you can read the latest edition here
. Sign up to find out more about support for women and girls, resources and training for all.
Phoenix House, a private mental health hospital in Welshpool,
now provides specialist mental health services
for women in a complementary new female annex. More
The University of Exeter Medical School has published results of a 2 year in-depth investigation into how different types of green space can affect health. Read more and watch a video here
Do you know about Powys People Direct?
It is a single point of access for all enquiries for children's and adults' services across the county, such as discharge from hospital and support at home. PAVO's Third Sector brokers
work alongside Powys County Council staff in the hub in The Gwalia in Llandrindod Wells. More here
Minister unveils details of £7.6m for young people’s mental health services in Wales.
Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health & Social Services announced the funding, which includes development of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, in the summer. More here
The Law Commission unveils proposals for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) replacement.
. There is a consultation on the proposed "Protective Care" system to replace it which you can respond to here
Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations
, wrote about the importance of good charity governance in the aftermath of Kids Company going under. It makes a very interesting read - being relevant to all charities, including those in the mental health sector. More here
Brecon Dementia Friendly Community
is a finalist in the Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Friendly Communities category of the Dementia Friendly Awards England and Wales 2015. We wish them good luck for the awards ceremony on 16 September! More here
Powys Health & Well Being Action Group
is progressing in partnership with Powys teaching Health Board and Powys County Council to enable a Community Benefit Organisation (CBO) to develop a Well Being Park for our local Community in the grounds of Bronllys Hospital. More here
The mental health charity Gofal has produced its 3rd annual report
examining the impact of Part One of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure on people’s experiences of primary mental health support services in Wales. There is an interesting section on waiting times for psychological therapies. More here
Find out more about general health support on our PAVO Health & Social Care team's blog.
This month: Third Sector & the Virtual Wards in Powys
For information about voluntary sector job vacancies across Powys visit PAVO's website here. For more information about volunteer vacancies across Powys visit the Volunteering Wales website here.
Featured job vacancy this month:
- Mental Health Participation Officer job vacancy in the PAVO mental health team. More here.
Featured volunteer vacancy this month:
- Alzheimer's Society Volunteer Befriender vacancies in the Brecon area. More here.
What do you think we should be tweeting about? Let us know. Best of all, tweet us about it! This month in twitter:
- @Rufusmay If anybody would like to share their story of trying to come off antidepressants for email me email@example.com
- @gbtpo Improving dementia care thru social prescribing - this works
- Excellent selection of books on to borrow Libraries. Browse pix, share & remember.
- CAMAD in Mach has £71,000 from for Pathways Project drop-in.
Funding News and Advice. PAVO Accredited Funding Services "Know how, know who, know when". More information here.
Find Services In Your Community. Try our website here, or Info-Engine here. If your group or organisation is not yet registered on Info Engine go to www.info-engine.org.uk and add your details. Registration is free, secure, and simple to do. For more information or for help with registering contact Claire Powell PAVO on 01597 822191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for the next Powys Mental Health eBulletin.
The next eBulletin is due for circulation week commencing 5 October 2015. Please send any items for inclusion by Monday 28 September 2015 to email@example.com