Community Health and Care Services focusses on the improvement of services in the community, including services in statutory health and social care, primary care, third sector, independent sector and the workforce.
Carolyn has a specific interest in integration across health and social care. Her background as a nurse, NHS manager and currently as chair of Age Cymru Gwent has been key to understanding the context of both health and care community working environments.
Carolyn is currently seconded for three days per week to PRIME Centre Wales where she leads on the social care cross cutting theme, co-leads the long term conditions theme and supports the Community Nursing Research Strategy.
In 2011, Carolyn became the first nurse to win a place on the Welsh Crucible, an award winning leadership programme for researchers in Wales.
In 2014 she developed the concept of family resilience for public health nurses working in Wales and leads the FRAIT (Family Resilience Assessment Instrument and Tool) team at USW.
The FRAIT supports health visitors in their decision making, care planning and planning for further interventions and resources. All health visitors in Wales have been trained to use FRAIT since October 2017. Welsh Government are collecting the FRAIT data as part of their Healthy Child Wales Programme policy (WG, 2016).
In 2017, Carolyn founded the All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN). She co-chairs the WSPRN with Judith Stone and Dr Sally Rees at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). The aim is to build the critical evidence for social prescribing in Wales. The research network has 296 members, of which a steering group of 20 from across Wales are research active. It supports three communities of practice in north, west and south east Wales and uses a translational model of research. A number of grants have been directly secured as a result of this work totalling over £720,000 to date.