Hywel Dda Health Board has six projects shortlisted in NHS Wales Awards

Hywel Dda University Health Board is celebrating after six of its projects made the finals of this year’s NHS Wales Awards.
The University Health Board has made the finals of five award categories and is up for the following awards:
· Developing a Flexible and Sustainable Workforce (supported by the Royal College of Nursing Wales) for work to develop the new role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner in mental health.
And work to establish the role of Advanced Paramedic Practitioner in a GP practice.
· Improving Patient Safety (supported by Health Foundation) for work to improve patient safety by reducing the risk of medication error.
· Promoting Better Health And Avoiding Disease (supported by Welsh NHS Confederation) for a project to develop a digital service allowing healthcare professionals to ‘prescribe’ information videos to patients. This was developed in partnership with eHealth Digital Media, Swansea University and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB.
· Promoting Clinical Research and Application to Practice (supported by British Medical Association Cymru Wales) for a joint feasibility study with Aberystwyth University evaluating a diabetes self-management programme.
· Working Seamlessly Across Organisations (supported by Welsh Local Government Association) for work with Dyfed Powys Police to improve support at incidents with people experiencing mental distress.
University Health Board Chief Executive Steve Moore said, “We are delighted that our work to improve care and support for people this excellent partnership work to improve directions to help patients find their way around the hospital has been recognised by the judges of the NHS Wales Awards.
“To be up for six awards is a fantastic achievement and shows that Hywel Dda University Health Board is dedicated to delivering innovative work that is transforming healthcare services for patients.”
The annual NHS Wales Awards celebrate the work of organisations and teams across Wales in delivering excellent care and the winners will be announced in a ceremony on July 15, 2015.
This year the Awards received more than 160 entries and the judging panel of NHS experts had the tough task of selecting the 24 finalists in eight award categories.
The next stage is for the judging panels to visit each finalist to find out more and see first-hand the benefits they’ve brought to patients.
Each judging panel is made up of experts drawn from across NHS Wales, the public sector and professional bodies.
Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford said that the standard of entries demonstrates the professionalism, dedication and skill of NHS Wales staff.
He said: “These annual awards are a chance to celebrate excellence. The high quality of entries demonstrate that across NHS Wales teams are striving to improve the service they provide to patients in hospital and in the community. They reflect the commitment of our staff to provide safe, efficient and compassionate care.
“I am always impressed by the huge range of talent on display in the projects which have been entered into and shortlisted for an NHS Wales Award; the innovative practice pioneered by staff working across Wales will change our NHS for the better. I would like to thank everyone who entered and wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
The NHS Wales Awards are organised by 1000 Lives Improvement, part of Public Health Wales, which supports organisations and individuals to deliver improved health, healthcare outcomes and user experience in NHS Wales.
They were launched in 2008 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.
The winners of the NHS Wales Awards 2015 will be announced in a ceremony in Cardiff on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
For a full list of finalists please visit www.nhswalesawards.org.uk
For the latest news and updates from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk

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