Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative Board meet for the second time

The Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative Board met for the second time at Neuadd Pendre in Tywyn, Gwynedd.
The Board meeting, chaired by the Independent co-chairs - Dr Ruth Hall CB and Mr Jack Evershed, was well attended by members of the public.
Progress on the work undertaken to date includes:
Innovation sub-groups are now in the process of being established. Their work will be vital in progressing the implementation of the recommendations contained within the Mid Wales Healthcare Study.
A number of short term actions have been identified in order to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for the population of Mid Wales.
These include:
A review of current transport arrangements between South Gwynedd, North Powys and Bronglais General Hospital in conjunction with the timing of appointments offered at Bronglais General Hospital in order to ensure patients are offered appointment times which are aligned to suitable transport alternatives;
Immediate recruitment to consultant and nursing posts in Powys and Bronglais General Hospital. A paper was discussed at the Board which outlined the current services provided at Bronglais General Hospital and described the proposed plans by Hywel Dda University Health Board to develop the hospital, recognising its strategic importance in Mid Wales.
A review will be undertaken to ascertain the feasibility of introducing an annual pacemaker check service which can be provided by telehealth links at Bronglais General Hospital.
A workshop will be held to explore the next steps required to establish the Centre of Excellence in Rural Healthcare. This Centre, which will be supported by Health Boards working with local Universities and others, will have a particular focus on research, education and training which addresses the particular challenges faced within Mid Wales
In order to ensure the work being undertaken around health and social care services within Mid Wales is fully aligned, the membership of the Board’s groups will include representatives of the Mid and West and North Wales Health and Social Care Collaboratives and senior leaders of Social Services teams.
The Board also received a presentation on e-health by Delyth Lewis, Telemedicine Manager, Hywel Dda University Health Board, and how e-health could support and enhance services. Delyth provided examples of those services currently supported by e-health, the benefits to patients, in particular, reduced travel times and those opportunities which could be further explored and developed through the Collaborative.
A series of public and staff events will be held in the region during September/early October to listen to what our stakeholders are telling us and to build the Collaborative’s Communications and Engagement Framework based on the feedback received.
Dr Ruth Hall, Independent co-chair, said “Both myself and Jack Evershed are pleased that there continues to be a high level of public interest in the work of the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative. We want as many people as possible to tell us how they want to be involved in the Collaborative’s work and they can do this either through the events that will be held in September and October 2015 or by contacting the Collaborative team either at mwhc@wales.nhs.uk or at The Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative Office, Management Offices, Bronglais General Hospital, Caradog Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1ER.”
The next meeting of the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative Board will be held at 10am on Monday 21 September at the Morlan Centre, Queen's Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2HH.
Members of the public are welcome to attend to observe the meeting. The independent co-chairs of the collaborative will be available both before and after the meeting to discuss any issues that members of the public would like to raise.
Visit the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative website at www.wales.nhs.uk/midwalescollaborative

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