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THE WINNERS of Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Best of Health staff awards have been announced at a ceremony at Parc y Scarlets.nhs

Held annually, the Best of Health awards recognise and reward the extraordinary achievements of Hywel Dda’s staff and volunteers, many of whom often go beyond the call of duty in their work for the benefit of patients and service users.

This year’s winners were chosen from over 100 entries from across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and out of the twenty seven entries selected as finalists the ten winners of the Best of Health Awards 2014 are:

Improving the Patient Experience

Sister Lisa Marshall, Withybush Hospital

Improving Health and Wellbeing (sponsored by Health Shield Friendly Society Ltd)

Carmarthenshire Integrated Evidence Based Exercise Continuum for Frail Older Adults

Joint Working with the Third Sector and Partner Organisations

Carmarthenshire Heart Failure Service

Engaging with People

CreARTivity: The Art of Science and Wellbeing

Making a Difference Through Better Use of Resources

Physiotherapy Independent Prescribing in Spasticity Management

Outstanding Leader

Sharon Evans, Senior Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control

Providing Bilingual Healthcare

Getting the Lowdown Wales

Unsung Hero

Sandra Davies, Bryngolau Ward, Prince Philip Hospital

Volunteer of The Year

Rob Griffiths, Volunteer with the Education Programme for Patients

Chief Executive’s Award for Overall Best Entry

Physiotherapy Independent Prescribing in Spasticity Management

Commenting on his first Best of Health awards, Chief Executive Steve Moore said: “It has been a privilege to be a part of these awards and to recognise the extraordinary commitment of our staff and volunteers in providing the best care possible to those who really matter… our patients.

“I was particularly proud to present the year’s overall winner award to Gary Morris for Physiotherapy Independent Prescribing in Spasticity Management (pictured), and I congratulate all our finalists as well as those who were nominated. Well done to you all”.

The Best of Health award were made possible once again this year at no cost to the University Health Board due to the generosity and support of Health Shield and many local businesses.

The Best of Health Awards coordinator Fiona Hancock said: “On behalf of Hywel Dda I’d like to thank all organisations and local businesses who have once again made it possible for us to recognise and reward our fantastic staff and volunteers with a wonderful ceremony at Parc Y Scarlets.

The sponsors were Health Shield Friendly Society Ltd, Edmunds Webster Ltd and Riverlea. Raffle donations were received from Let’s Connect, the Blue Lagoon Waterpark, Machynys Golf Club Llanelli, Morgan & Morgan Office Group, Parc y Scarlets, Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Artist Helen Elliott, The Lost Coins (Haverfordwest), Stradey Park Hotel, Wickedly Welsh Chocolate, and Gravell’s Motor Group.

Chief Executive of Health Shield Jonathan Burton said: ““It has been an honour to have sponsored the Hywel Dda Best of Health Staff Awards for the second year running and seeing what a tremendous job everyone does within the NHS and specifically in Hywel Dda University Health Board.

“It is such an achievement to even be nominated for an award and, on behalf of all of us at Health Shield, I would like to extend my congratulations to all those who were shortlisted and especially this year’s winners.”

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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