Powys Patients' Council

Members of Powys Patients' Council

Front row, l - r: Lauren Edwards, Felindre Ward Manager, John Lilley - Patients' Council Volunteer, Carla Rosenthal - Participation Officer, Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations

Back row, l - r: Philip Moisson, Patients' Council Facilitator, Rhydian Parry - Patients' Council Volunteer

Powys Patients' Council

Powys Patients' Council is a project facilitated by the Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) and aims to give a voice to patients, currently in Felindre Unit, Bronllys Hospital, Powys, who are offered acute in-patient mental health services.

We hold regular, patient-only meetings which give people an opportunity to express their views on the services they receive whilst they are in hospital. These views are then passed on anonymously to ward and hospital management staff, in addition to senior Aneurin Bevan Health Board (who provide mental health services into Mid and South Powys) and Powys teaching Health Board (PtHB) staff, so that solutions can be found.

We currently hold ward visits at Bronllys Hospital in South Powys and have brokered links with the Redwood Centre (just over the border in Shrewsbury, England) and Phoenix House (men’s unit in Welshpool) in the North and Ward F, Neath/Port Talbot Hospital for Powys patients in the South.  It is the aim of the project to ensure closer links are made with Powys Patients in these additional wards pursuant to further discussions with PtHB.  The Powys Patient’s Council does not deal directly with specialist or individual issues, but works by referral to advocacy services to ensure that patients receive the support they need.

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) provides direction and support to Powys Patient’s Council by:

  • Overseeing the arrangement of ward visits
  • Co-ordinating feedback to the hospital staff, senior Powys Teaching Health Board management staff and ensuring that key issues are highlighted with the emphasis on changing policies and/or processes that do not support patient’s recovery
  • Providing support and facilitation with the volunteers of the project who form the team
  • Ensuring feedback and progress is reported back to people in Powys interested in the project and additionally to local groups within the Powys Stronger in Partnership Network

August 2014 - update from Freda Lacey, Patients' Council Facilitator, can be downloaded here.

Contact us

Would you like to hear more about the work of Powys Patients' Council?  Would like to be added to the mailing list?  Please contact Jane Cooke – jane.cooke@pavo.org.uk or 01597 822191.

Read articles and blogs about Patients' Council

Life on the ward: the patient's voice - Rhydian Parry writes about his experience as a volunteer with Patients' Council.

Smoking and snacking? Saving lives or life-saving? - Freda writes about issues raised at a Patients' Council meeting.

Bronllys Grand Opening - Wellness and Recovery Learning Centre - find out more about this resource for patients on Felindre Ward at Bronllys Hospital.

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14 May 2018

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events

Programme Planning & Exercise

Thursday 24 May 2018

Memory Cafe, Mid Powys Mind

Coffee Morning

Friday 25 May 2018

Dementia Friendly Llandrindod (launch event)

Bumper Quiz with Bingo & Raffle

Friday 25 May 2018

Ponthafren, Newtown

Trip to the Thomas Shop, Penybont

Thursday 31 May 2018

Memory Cafe, Mid Powys Mind

Managing Depression Course (3 weeks, Mondays)

Monday 4 June 2018

Presteigne

THRIVE Course (5 weeks, Mondays)

Monday 4 June 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Dementia Friends Session

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Become a dementia friend in Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Newtown

Community Workers Meetings (Montgomeryshire)

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Credu (formerly Powys Carers)

Visit to the Cycle Museum

Thursday 7 June 2018

Memory Cafe, Mid Powys Mind

New group for 16-25 year olds (weekly)

Thursday 7 June 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Mental Health Awareness (half day training)

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Machynlleth

Planting seeds for food

Thursday 14 June 2018

Memory Cafe, Mid Powys Mind

Talk by Ted Maidment on the life of Judy Garland

Thursday 14 June 2018

Newtown

Experiencing Dementia training by Re-Live

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Llanfair Caereinion

Sculpture Workshop 2 with Geraint Edwards

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Walk around Llandrindod lake

Thursday 21 June 2018

Memory Cafe, Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Thursday 21 June 2018

Guilsfield

Stencil Techniques 1 in Painting with Sorell Matei

Thursday 21 June 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Training

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Caersws

Trip to Ashfield - food demonstration

Thursday 28 June 2018

Memory Cafe, Mid Powys Mind

Mental Health First Aid Course (2 days)

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Presteigne

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Machynlleth

Stencil Techniques 2 in Painting with Sorell Matei

Thursday 12 July 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Llanfair Caereinion

Sculpture Workshop 3 with Geraint Edwards

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Thursday 19 July 2018

Guilsfield

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Caersws

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Training

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Brecon

Challenging Behaviour and Autistic Spectrum Disorder Training

Thursday 22 November 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Domestic Abuse (Adults) Training

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health Awareness (half day training)

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Newtown

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Training

Thursday 21 February 2019

Newtown
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