Posted: Sun 29th Jan 2017

Welsh Government Minister Has Visited A South Wales Hospital

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jan 29th, 2017

A Welsh Government Minister has visited a south Wales hospital to see health and social care services working together for the benefit of local citizens. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans AM visited Ystradgynlais Community Hospital to listen and speak to staff from health and social care services. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The visit to Powys was to see the benefits of delivering improved health and social care services through a single integrated team based out of the hospital. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, said: “It was good to see integrated health and social care in action at Ystradgynlais Community Hospital. Through bringing multiple services together under one roof, the team is providing local people with tailor made, joined-up care.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Stephen Hayes, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said; “Powys County Council and Powys Teaching Health Board are committed to joining health and social care services in the community. By working together in one place, staff in Ystradgynlais are able to discuss an individual’s care and support needs face to face and based on a single shared assessment. This has reduced the number of referrals between the two organisations, and results in less frustration for people seeking support.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There was an opportunity for the Minister to talk to frontline practitioners and see an allocation meeting in action, as staff including district nurses, speech and language therapists, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and reablement staff discussed cases together as a single team. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Clair Powell, lead project officer at Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) explained the importance of working together with the community, and the benefits the new Community Health and Well Being Coordinators will bring to towns and villages across mid Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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