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 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 (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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01597 822191.
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.
What do you think of mental health services in Powys? Complete a short survey to feed in your views to the reps sitting on the Powys Mental Health Planning & Development Partnership.