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Powys Mental Health

Mental Health March 2015 E-bulletin
To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
or email

The team celebrate an award of £110,605 from Comic Relief to fund a 3 year project: Shaping Our Services - "Together For Powys Mental Health" Local Participation Networks. Just in time for Red Nose Day on Friday 13 March!
You can read more here.
(Back row: Glynis Luke, Jane Cooke, Freda Lacey, front: Jackie Newey. More about our roles here).

Dementia Friends Information Session at Ponthafren Association

Freda Lacey (PAVO mental health team) and Trish Buchan (Health & Social Care Facilitator at PAVO) delivered a Dementia Friends information session to nineteen staff and volunteers at Ponthafren Association on 5 February. People found it really useful and it spurred some ideas around memory books and how important it is to know the life history of the person. Mid Powys Mind will be holding a session on 18 March. If organisations are interested in having a Dementia Friends information session contact Freda on or 01597 822191.

If you have any events or news stories relating to mental health please send them to us for promotion on our website.


Powys Patients’ Council is entering into its second year of being facilitated by PAVO.  We’ve seen some positive changes happen for patients, such as the changing of the mobile and internet phone policy for all of the Aneurin Bevan Health Board area which currently services Bronllys Hospital, Felindre In-patient unit; different food choices for patients, particularly around more vegetarian options; pro-forma forms for patient’s case conference being updated/changed to give patients more choice/control about who attends. Some ongoing issues which continue to make our headline issues log:
  • Visibility and access to Advocacy Services commissioned for the area.
  • Access to the gym - particularly for patients who are unable to leave the ward.
  • Lack of sustainable and consistent activities and staffing constraints. 
We consistently raise these issues with both Aneurin Bevan Health board and Powys teaching Health Board and there is a willingness to help facilitate resolving them.  

For further information about the activities of Patients' Council, please contact Freda Lacey, tel: 01597 822191, or email
Read the latest "You Said, We Did" update and find out what is happening at Patients' Council on our website here.


Powys Individuals Forum – NEW opportunity for Involvement
Meriel Richards from North Powys, Kate Van Den Ende from Mid Powys and Rhydian Parry from South Powys have all been actively involved as individual representatives on the Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership Board (multi-agency partnership board driving the strategy for mental health in Powys). There is now an opportunity for people in contact with services and those close to them (“service users” and  “carers”) to meet with them and find out more about mental health in Powys. Two fun days, with transport, lunch and wellbeing activities - Newtown and Brecon, April 2015 - dates to be confirmed. More here

Vulnerable adults and anti-social behaviour: an exploration of current practice
This 2 year research study is conducted by the Centre for Mental Health and Society at Bangor University, in collaboration with two police forces and two third sector organisations (Unllais and Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations). As part of the project, three focus groups are planned:
22 April - Newtown,  27 April - Llandrindod Wells,  12 May - Brecon
Anyone who has an interest in mental health and how the police interact with people who may be perceived as being “anti-social” are welcome to attend.  Of particular interest are people who may have been involved with the police under Sections 135 or 136. More here.

Wales Mental Health Code of Practice Review
PAVO (Freda Lacey, Participation Officer) sits on the Welsh Mental Health Code of Practice National Steering Group on behalf of a national network of county mental health officers called Mental Health Action Wales.  The Steering Group is overseeing the current drafting of the new code which will go out for formal consultation shortly.
Recent discussions have focussed on Care & Treatment Planning and the need for consistent planning approaches, Police powers relating to Section 136, Guiding Principles which are being updated and new chapters on the Mental Health Measure and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding to name a few. 
National and local mental health voluntary organisations will be supporting the formal consultation activities around the Code and will be ensuring that individuals in contact with services and those close to them are all aware of the Code, and how it’s used when someone is hospitalised or receives secondary care treatment in the community.

Other featured participation opportunities this month:
  • The Commission to review the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults. The number of people forced to travel outside their local area for acute mental health care has doubled in two years. Share your experiences here.
  • Local voices needed for health watchdog. Community Health Councils represent the independent voice of patients and the public who use the health service in Powys and influence the way services are planned and delivered, to ensure the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for people. Closing date for applications: 4 March.  Find out more and who to contact here.
More about these and other opportunities on our team's Get Involved page. 


Management of mental health services in Powys to be brought back into Powys
At a Powys teaching Health Board meeting on 25 February the proposal to manage Powys adult mental health services in Powys was agreed unanimously. This includes NHS adult mental health service staff working in: Local Primary Mental Health Support Services, Community Mental Health Teams, Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams, and mental health wards within Powys hospitals (for adults of all ages) and associated clinical psychologists and occupational therapists.  
The proposal is not about changes to the location or range of existing patient services. You can read the detailed proposal which was agreed here.

Design competition: North Wales & North Powys Recovery Network
The North Wales and North Powys Recovery Network is looking for cover designs for a report on a new project called Real Steps. Closing date: 25 March. Contact Tina Foulkes for further infor: or find out more here.

The mental health charity Powys Mental Health Alliance is currently seeking new trustees. The charity produces a regular magazine - Headspace - and organises Open Days throughout Powys where members can find out more about mental health services and join in activities. More here.

Find out how to promote youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services in a new guide from the Mental Health Foundation. For services for young people aged 16 - 25.
More here.
Ponthafren Association, the mental health charity based in North Powys, is very pleased and proud to announce the organisation has a new Patron, the Right Reverend Dr Rowan Williams, now Lord Williams of Oystermouth.
You can read more here.                           
Photo by Paul Rogers.

Did you know you can contact the Equality Advisory & Support Service for guidance and support on any discrimination issues? Tel (free): 0808 800 0082, textphone: 0808 800 0084.  More here.

John's Campaign - for the right to stay with people with dementia in hospital
The effect of a hospital stay can be catastrophic for a person with dementia — as it was for the man whose experience prompted this campaign. More here.

Want to find out more current news, mental health training dates and what's on? Just click on our website links for the latest:

  • For events in March click here.
  • For events in April click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities this month:
  • Mon 9 March - An Evening with Kirsty Williams - a Friends of Brecon & District Mind event. More here.
  • Thurs 12 March - Thinking Ahead - Welsh & Mental Health in the Third Sector, Carmarthen. More here.
For more information about voluntary sector services, activities and opportunities in your area either get in touch with us or visit our local links page here.


Norman Lamb at Brecon & District Mind - the Minister of State for Care & Support held an Open Forum on mental health in late February.
Dyfed-Powys Police – mental health: a multi-agency approach – Inspector Brian Jones writes about a pilot study  to improve the response to those with mental health needs in Powys.
Comic Relief award of £110,605 for Powys project to develop Mental Health Networks - in case you missed it at the top of the ebulletin!

If you would like to write more about your experiences and views, please get in touch. We welcome guest posts from people who live and work in Powys – you can write anonymously if you wish.

Job vacancies 

Featured job vacancies this month:

  • Lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy vacancy at Bangor University. Closing date 1 April. More here.

For information about job vacancies across Powys visit PAVO's website here. For more information about volunteer vacancies across Powys visit the Volunteering Wales website here.


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Deadline for the next Powys Mental Health eBulletin. The next eBulletin is due for circulation week commencing 6 April 2015. Please send any items for inclusion by Monday 30 March 2015 to

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