Workshop discusses transforming mental health services in the Hywel Dda area

Service users, partners and health care staff recently came together to discuss how improved and more accessible mental health services can be provided across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire in the future.
The discussions took place in a workshop setting with a focus on options for developing a new mental health service model in Hywel Dda University Health Board area.
The event is the latest step in an ongoing period of engagement to work together and achieve the vision for a modern community mental health service that is accessible 24 hours a day; has no waiting lists; moves away from inpatient hospital admission and treatment to hospitality and ‘time out’, and provides day ‘time out’ and opportunities.
The mental health needs of our society have changed significantly over the last decade. Advances in treatment options have seen many people who have previously required hospital care being supported to remain in their communities, supported by their friends and family and, when required, access to community based services being delivered collaboratively by health, social care and the third sector.
Libby Ryan-Davies, Transformation Director at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “I would like to sincerely thank all those who have contributed so much already to the discussions about improving our mental health services for the future. This latest engagement event was a significant step in moving towards providing a better service for our local population.
“We will use all the feedback to inform the next stage, which will be preparing for public consultation on the proposed options early next year.
An active engagement period has taken place over the last year to discuss this vision, involving a number of events and workshops across the three counties, providing valuable feedback and themes to take forward. The information received from these events and the evaluation report was considered by representatives of the University Health Board, Local Authority, Community Health Council, Police, Service Users, Carers and partners such as West Wales Action for Mental Health, and will now inform plans for a public consultation in 2017.

Further information can be found online at
Should you wish to talk to someone about the proposed changes or you wish to invite a representative to come along and talk to your organisation, contact:
Angie Darlington, West Wales Action for Mental Health (WWAMH) on 01267 238367
Libby Ryan-Davies – 01267 244985 -
Sam Dentten - 01970 623000


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