Powys Patients' Council

Members of Powys Patients' Council
Members of Powys Patients' Council

Freda Lacey - Patients' Council Facilitator PAVO

Rhydian Parry - Patients' Council Volunteer

Penny Price - Felindre Ward Manager, Aneurin Bevin Health Board

John Liley - Patients' Council Volunteer

Kelvin Mills - Patients' Council Volunteer

Powys Patients' Council

Powys Patients' Council is a project funded through the Powys Mental Health Alliance (PMHA) and facilitated by the Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) and aims to give a voice to Powys residents wherever they 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 Powys Teaching Health Board staff, so that solutions can be found.

We currently hold ward visits at Bronllys Hospital in South Powys and have links with Shelton Hospital (just over the border in Shrewsbury, England) in the North.  It is the aim of the project to ensure closer links are made with Powys Patients in Shelton over the coming months.  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 the PMHA and the Powys Stronger in Partnership Network

Our volunteers

Since October 2010 we have welcomed several new volunteers to the team. Kelvin, who has been with the Patient’s Council from the beginning and Janet's in-put has been vital to the success of the work we do.  We have welcomed a new volunteer, Rhydian, who has joined the Patients' Council in March of 2013.  All of the volunteers have a “lived experience” of acute mental health services.
Patient’s Council volunteer Janet Hopkins says "I’ve been a patient within the mental health service for many years.  I’ve been diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder since 1997 although I am no longer on any medication for it because I choose to self-monitor my ‘illness’.

I started to volunteer for Powys Patients' Council in December 2010. I heard about the Patients' Council through the Independent Advocacy Service from the Community Health Council. This is where I was encouraged to join the PPC as I took a great interest in learning about the mental health system. My knowledge up until December 2011 was self-taught as I had purchased my own books and magazines, gone to libraries and used the internet. I believe joining the PPC has enabled me to learn more about mental health law as it has given me opportunities to receive training that I would not have had if I was just a patient.

I hope I can be of good help to in-patients, as I have experienced what it is like to be in hospital myself."

What's new?

We are the longest running Patients' Council model in the UK and hope to continue to provide this opportunity for participation for a long time to come. To make sure we are doing the best job we possibly can, we recently reviewed the progress of the Patients' Council to identify the ways in which we could improve.

The following changes are being made as a result:

  • We are improving our feedback system to ensure that patients' views are heard by hospital managers and adequate time is given to discussing possible solutions.
  • We have identified training needs and have had training sessions with a mental health advocacy to improve our understanding of advocacy and patient’s rights under the new Mental Health Measure.
  • We are planning further training on subjects such as active listening skills, facilitation, and areas of relevant law.
  • We updated our publicity materials and introduced feedback forms for the patients to report back anonymously on their ward experience.

Stronger in Partnership

The Stronger in Partnership network has offered us support through its commitment to involve people with lived experience of mental distress in the planning, designing, delivery and evaluation of mental health services.

The network can offer potential solutions to problems that may be outside the control of hospital staff, for example, by looking into alternative ways of accessing resources, or simply by sharing the skills and expertise that are so often found when working in partnership with like-minded people.

The road to Bronllys Hospital

Bluebells on the road to Bronllys Hospital
Bluebells on the road to Bronllys Hospital

Get involved

Would you like to hear more about the work of Powys Patients' Council?

If you are interested in volunteering with us or would like to be added to the mailing list to receive the minutes from our meetings, please contact Freda Lacey – Freda.Lacey@pavo.org.uk on 01597 822191 or 07941 626225.

2014 Meeting dates 

22 January

17 February (Senior Management Meeting re Patients' Council)

26 February

26 March

Read Articles and Blogs About Patients' Council

Powys Mental Health Alliance - Headspace Autumn Edition.  Article all about Patients Council by Freda Lacey here.

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events

Adult Autism (ASD) Training

Llun 22 Ionawr 2018

Newtown

Invest in your Health

Llun 22 Ionawr 2018

Taster Session - Building Better Health, Ponthafren

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Mawrth 23 Ionawr 2018

Newtown

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Mawrth 23 Ionawr 2018

Powys Community Health Council

The Bird Company – ‘Barriers’

Mercher 24 Ionawr 2018

Celf-Able, Newtown

Meal Deal (Iranian Menu)

Mercher 24 Ionawr 2018

Ponthafren, Newtown

Creative Space Programme (workshops)

Iau 25 Ionawr 2018

Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

Emerging Proud - Welsh Premier

Sul 28 Ionawr 2018

Community Film Screening and Discussion Circle - Llandrindod Wells

Sculpture with Geraint Edwards

Mawrth 30 Ionawr 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Mawrth 30 Ionawr 2018

Newtown

Creative Space Programme (workshops)

Iau 1 Chwefror 2018

Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

LGBTQ+ Awareness Talk

Iau 1 Chwefror 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Mental Health Awareness Training

Llun 5 Chwefror 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Suicide First-Aid 2018 Conference

Llun 5 Chwefror 2018

Cardiff

Stand up for emotional health & wellbeing meeting

Mawrth 6 Chwefror 2018

A network for anyone with an interest in mental health, including people who have used mental health services, carers or service providers.

Stand up for emotional health & wellbeing meeting

Mawrth 6 Chwefror 2018

A network for anyone with an interest in mental health, including people who have used mental health services, carers or service providers.

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Training

Mawrth 6 Chwefror 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Community Workers Meetings (Montgomeryshire)

Mercher 7 Chwefror 2018

Credu (formerly Powys Carers)

Rethinking Respite - Living with/caring for someone with Dementia

Mercher 7 Chwefror 2018

Meeting with the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales to talk about what you want from respite/short break support - Llandrindod Wells

Creative Space Programme (workshops)

Iau 8 Chwefror 2018

Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

SURE for Mental Health Training (2 days)

Iau 8 Chwefror 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Iau 8 Chwefror 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Clay Workshop with Alex Allpress

Mawrth 13 Chwefror 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Creative Space Programme (workshops)

Iau 15 Chwefror 2018

Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

Tai Chi (Mondays)

Llun 19 Chwefror 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Anger Management Course (3 weeks, Wednesdays)

Mercher 21 Chwefror 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Working as an Artist in a Care Home (Talk)

Mercher 21 Chwefror 2018

Brecon & District Mind

Mixed Media with Sorell Matei

Iau 22 Chwefror 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Depression Busting Course (2 days)

Llun 26 Chwefror 2018

Newtown

Adult Autism (ASD) Training

Mawrth 27 Chwefror 2018

Brecon

Executive Committee

Mawrth 27 Chwefror 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Disability Awareness Training

Iau 8 Mawrth 2018

Newtown

Dementia Awareness Training

Iau 8 Mawrth 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Full Council Meeting

Mawrth 13 Mawrth 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Depression Management Course (3 weeks, Wednesdays)

Mercher 14 Mawrth 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST) Training

Mercher 14 Mawrth 2018

Brecon

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Awareness Training

Mercher 21 Mawrth 2018

Llandrindod Wells

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Tuesdays (4 weeks)

Mawrth 27 Mawrth 2018

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Building Self Worth Course (3 weeks, Wednesdays)

Mercher 11 Ebrill 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Compassionate Mental Health Conference (2 days)

Mercher 25 Ebrill 2018

Brecon, Powys

Managing Depression Course (3 weeks, Mondays)

Llun 4 Mehefin 2018

Presteigne

THRIVE Course (5 weeks, Mondays)

Llun 4 Mehefin 2018

Mid Powys Mind

Community Workers Meetings (Montgomeryshire)

Mercher 6 Mehefin 2018

Credu (formerly Powys Carers)

Mental Health First Aid Course (2 days)

Mawrth 3 Gorffennaf 2018

Presteigne
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