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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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Magistrates uphold council decision not to renew dog-breeding licence

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ON MONDAY 18 November 2019, Rhydian Jones of Waun Lluest, Gorrig, Llandysul appeared before Aberystwyth Magistrates at an appeal hearing objecting to the decision not to renew his Dog Breeding Licence.

Ceredigion County Council took the decision under the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014, because of breaches in licence conditions identified during unannounced inspections of the premises. The breaches included the lack of supervision, enrichment and socialisation given to the dogs. Breaches also included the unsatisfactory cleaning of premises and the absence of dog breeding records. There was also a failure to make improvements requested of Mr Jones previously.

Health and Welfare Reports provided during the hearing detailed health problems with the dogs which included lice and mange.

Mr Jones disputed the findings and decision of the council throughout the appeal hearing. His defence referred to the considerable amount of improvements that had been completed.

The court concluded that the council had provided full and clear grounds for not renewing the Dog Breeding Licence, stating that the council was both reasonable and proportionate in their actions. The court accepted that the establishment was unsatisfactory in many respects whilst acknowledging that significant improvements had been made. It took into consideration the history of non-compliance at Waun Lluest, the testimony given by the appellant and the lack of confidence in him as a licensee. The court concluded that the recent improvements made by Mr Jones were unlikely to be sustained and found in favour of the council. The appeal was dismissed. Mr Jones was ordered to pay £500 costs.

Alun Williams is the council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Policy and Performance. He said, “We are delighted that Magistrates found in our favour. A decision not to renew a licence is not taken lightly and officers and council solicitors had to build a robust case to present to the court. We will continue to make unannounced inspection visits to all licensed dog breeders in the county, the great majority of which operate well within regulations and the conditions of their licence. We will also pursue those individuals who breed dogs without a licence. Anyone with information on such activities should contact the council on 01545 570 881.”

Mr Jones previously held a licence to breed 26 adult dogs. His establishment had recently featured in a BBC Wales investigative documentary, although the council had decided not to renew the licence many months before broadcast.

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A Battered Suitcase in the Attic: Explore Your Own Archive

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CEREDIGION’S Explore Your Own Archives’ campaign, ‘A Battered Suitcase in the Attic’, will be held from 25 to 30 November 2019. The intention is to get people to value their own personal archives. The title reflects the half-forgotten treasures that many people have hidden in the attic or under the bed in their homes.

Explore Your Archive is a national campaign delivered by the Archives and Records Association which aims to showcase the best of archives and archive services to a wide range of existing and potential users.

The local campaign wants to make people in the county consider and start to really value the documents that they’ve stashed away, and look after them.

During the week, various events and activities will take place at Aberystwyth Bandstand. The Bandstand will be open from 10am until 5pm Monday until Friday. Events and activities during the week are free for all, and some can be seen below.

· Displays of beautiful and interesting things from the Ceredigion Archives collections.

· A display of some special collections curated by Aberystwyth University Postgraduates studying Archive Administration.

· A chance to get your own free archive box for your family’s document treasures.

· A ‘Victorian’ photo-booth – dress up in the clothes (kindly loaned by Ceredigion Museum) and strike a suitable pose in front of our specially painted backdrop.

· Badge-making for all ages.

· Comfy corner: relax and watch a slide show of images from our collections, share your recollections with us.

· Browse a selection of Ceredigion Archives books, greetings cards and preservation items for sale at modest prices.

· Refreshments.

There are also lectures, workshops for adults and children and an evening with local ballad singer Owen Shiers. All events are free but so you’ll need to book for the workshops and Owen Shiers’ performance on Thursday night as numbers are limited.

Visit http://bit.ly/ArchifdyCeredigionArchives to book your place on workshops or Owen Shiers’ performance, or you can call Ceredigion Archives on 01970 633697 between 10-5 on Monday until Friday. Also, on the website you can see a full list of day to day activities and events taking place during the week.

If you need further information, call Ceredigion Archives on 01970 633697.

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Three New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as lifeboat mechanics

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THREE volunteer crew members have recently qualified as volunteer all-weather lifeboat mechanics at New Quay Lifeboat Station.

After a long training programme, which included courses at the RNLI College in Poole and extensive training on station, Pete Yates and Huw Williams were put through their paces by Peter McColl, RNLI Senior Assessor Trainer, Plant and Machinery, in their final pass out assessment 31 October.

After demanding assessments, where they had to deal with a variety of emergency situations at sea, Pete and Huw demonstrated the required level of competence to become lifeboat mechanics.

Pete said: ‘It was a very intense assessment, having to constantly think on your feet and remember your training.’

On 20 November, RNLI Assessor Trainer Simon Bunting visited the station and made it a hat trick of mechanic pass outs as crew member Dylan Price successfully completed a series of assessments, both onshore and afloat.

Huw added: ‘Pete, Dylan and I would like to thank the crew who gave up their time to launch the boat for our assessments and also thank our mechanics who have helped so much with training. We couldn’t have done it without their support.’

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘As part of our ongoing succession planning, Pete, Huw and Dylan have trained hard over the past year and I’d like to thank them for their time and effort. It is essential that we have a mechanic available at all times and this gives us much more flexibility to cover weekends and holidays for our full time station mechanic.’

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