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New Visiting Professors and Fellows to support WIHSC

Posted on August 3, 2018

WIHSC is delighted to announce that four Visiting appointments have been made by the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education to support the Institute in its work. WIHSC’s strategic intent is to be a key player in the development and implementation of evidence-based health and care services across the statutory, voluntary and independent sector and in order to consolidate and improve this position Professor Mark Llewellyn has brought together an expert reference group of senior colleagues to provide advice and guidance, and to act as ambassadors for WIHSC and USW. The overall purpose of these visiting roles is to allow WIHSC and the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education to maximise its impact on leaders and policy makers within the health and social care field.

Two Visiting Professors and two Visiting Fellow have been appointed as below.

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Falling between the cracks?

Posted on June 11, 2018

Working in partnership with Arad Research, WIHSC publishes a report

adroddiad which was commissioned by SSCE Cymru to explore the experiences of Service families with children who have Special Educational Needs/Additional Learning Needs (SEN/ALN).

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Working for a shared common purpose - experiences of health and social care integration in Wales

Posted on May 16, 2018

Published today is a WIHSC report looking at the way in which the integration of health and social care is impacting on the workforce. Public services trade union, UNISON, commissioned the report to better understand the nature of integration to date, and the ways in which integration can be accelerated in Wales.

The report provides insights from three practical examples of health and social care integration – the WIHSC team researched the experience of integration in Monmouthshire, Bridgend and Anglesey, interviewing front-line workers and strategic leaders.

The report identifies the following as enabling excellence in integrated care:

• Care should be focused on the needs of the individual
• Care providers must show strong and clear leadership and involve care staff, empowering them to take decisions in the best interests of those receiving care. Care workers should be provided with ongoing support and training.
• Care workers’ trade union representatives have an important role in the planning of caring
• Integrated care should not necessarily be seen as a ‘cost saver’ but as a ‘service improver’ which leads to effective individual care
• Acceptance achieving integrated working is mandatory not optional

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Community Cardiology services in Wales - key reports published by WIHSC

Posted on April 18, 2018

Twelve months ago, WIHSC was commissioned by the British Heart Foundation to evaluate how the community cardiology funding from the Welsh Government has been utilised and explore whether the proposed new services and pathways have been realised. WIHSC today publishes the two key documents from the study: the All-Wales Community Cardiology Impact Evaluation Framework and the Formative Evaluation Report

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New WIHSC Director appointed

Posted on January 29, 2018

Following the retirement of Professor Marcus Longley from the post, Mark Llewellyn has been appointed as the new Director of WIHSC.

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Horizon Scanning and Planning for the Future: new medicines and NHS Wales

Posted on January 9, 2018

WIHSC today publishes a Report on the ways in which horizon scanning for new medications in Wales might be improved.

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Reducing loneliness and social isolation in older people? The role of the third sector in Wales

Posted on January 9, 2018

WIHSC Deputy Director, Dr Mark Llewellyn has published an article in Age Cymru’s EnvisAGE on the role of the third sector in reducing social isolation among older people

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Professor Marcus Longley takes a look at the NHS since devolution

Posted on September 22, 2017

Professor Marcus Longley – one of Wales’ top health experts and soon to be Chair of Cwm Taf Health Board – has been putting together a series of three special reports examining our health service today after 20 years of devolution.

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WIHSC publishes research on Prudent Healthcare

Posted on August 22, 2017

WIHSC publishes today the results of its year-long research into the impact of Prudent Healthcare in Wales – as a Summary Report and a full Final Report.

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Professor Marcus Longley appointed as Chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board

Posted on June 16, 2017

Professor Marcus Longley has been appointed as Chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board. He will commence his four year term in office from 1st October 2017.

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Supporting Older People – how health, social care and the third sector need to combine

Posted on May 26, 2017

A Think Piece report is published today reflecting on the role of the third sector in supporting older people’s health and care needs, and how relationships within and without the sector need to develop in order to meet the rising challenge of ageing.

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Scoping Study on Continuing Healthcare Published

Posted on April 5, 2017

WIHSC has recently completed an important study for the Welsh Government which was commissioned to build knowledge about the experiences of people with who go through CHC, and to make contributions to inform future policy development. WIHSC worked with two health boards to scope different issues around CHC and in total spoke with 37 people, observed two MDT meetings and a central QA panel. The sample of respondents included patients and their families, carers, advocates, nurse assessors, social workers, MDT members and chairs, and CHC managers.

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Professor Marcus Longley, WIHSC Director, appointed as a Non Executive Board Member for Wales on the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Posted on March 24, 2017

Professor Marcus Longley, WIHSC Director, has been appointed by the Cabinet Secretary and Privy Council as a Non Executive Board Member for Wales on the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

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Filling the gap where patients used to fall: evaluating the role and impact of eye clinic liaison officers and other vision support workers across the United Kingdom

Posted on March 22, 2017

In partnership with the Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE), Swansea University, WIHSC has been working on a major study commissioned by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to evaluate the impact that patient information and support services in UK NHS ophthalmology departments makes for patients, the clinic and on services more generally.

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Parity of Esteem for physical and mental health?

Posted on March 20, 2017

There has been much debate in England on when (and whether) physical and mental health will have parity of esteem in the NHS

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