Newport's invaluable Falls Response Service, run by the Welsh Ambulance Service and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, is being extended for an additional three months.
The service, which has helped nearly 200 people back to their feet since October 2016, provides a swift response to emergency calls where older patients have suffered a fall and are either uninjured or have a minor injury. Falls Response team consists of a registered paramedic and a physiotherapist who travel in a specialist vehicle. On call outs the team will carry out full medical and social assessment and will signpost the immediate care pathway for the patient’s needs.
I recently visited the Falls Response Unit team with Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Social Care and Sport to meet the team and have a closer look at the work they do.
Since the scheme started, I’ve had a number of phone calls and emails praising the excellent work of the Falls Response Unit. It is fantastic news that this invaluable service has been extended.
This pilot scheme has done great work in responding to people’s needs while easing pressure on ambulance services. In fact since October 2016, 4 out of 5 patients were treated in their own home without any need for a hospital admission.
I was grateful to the Falls Response Unit staff for showing me and the Cabinet Secretary around. It gave a much better insight into the work being done, and it was important to hear about their experiences. This is collaboration at its best - it works for patients, staff and services.
Falls can present a very real and dangerous risk, but going to hospital is not always the best option. The Falls Response team responded to 229 calls in its first 11 weeks, out of which 183 were able to be treated at home.
The scheme is funded by the Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund which aims to encourage closer integration between social services, health, housing and third and independent sector organisations.
I am a member of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee and we are constantly looking at examples of how health and social care services can work in partnership to ease pressures on our NHS. The Falls Response Service eases pressure on ambulance and healthcare services, while treating patients in their own home and providing follow up advice. I am glad that their work will be continuing until June.
Newport's invaluable Falls Response Service, run by the Welsh Ambulance Service and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, is being extended for an additional three months. The service, which has helped...
The Welsh Labour Government has awarded £5 million for disadvantaged children in Newport through the newly renamed Pupil Development Grant (PDG).
The grant was previously named the Pupil Deprivation Grant, but with its new name it will be extended to help even more pupils than before. The money, which will be available from April, will include funding to double the grant to £600 per eligible child in nursery and reception classes. This support will also be extended to children whose education happens outside of a school setting.
The new funds allocated to Newport are about giving every child the opportunity to succeed. The old PDG did make good progress on breaking the link between poverty and attainment. However, we need to recognise there is more that can be done, but this is a good start.
The small but significant change in the grant name reflects the emphasis on learner progression alongside the work to reduce the attainment gap.
The Welsh Labour Government has awarded £5 million for disadvantaged children in Newport through the newly renamed Pupil Development Grant (PDG). The grant was previously named the Pupil Deprivation...
• THE OFFICE for National Statistics recently launched their Data Science Hub based in Newport.
The new £17 million Data Hub will put the ONS at the forefront of innovative methods and use data science for social and public good. They will explore ways to analyse data and present the information in a more timely way. This will help to dig deeper into the statistics to provide broader insights into the economy, society and the environment to capture more up to date information.
The Office in Newport will have the UK’s first Data Analytics apprenticeship scheme supported by the Welsh Government which will develop the next generation of experts.
• In March the Assembly relocated to Newport for a weeklong series of events. Some of the Assembly Committees had their meetings in various venues across the City including some of our schools and the University of South Wales. Indeed I heard from Members of the Finance Committee and Constitutional Affairs Committee were very impressed with their questions from Bassaleg School, St Jospeh’s and Newport High School. I think it is important that the Assembly gets out as much as possible and I’m glad the first place in this session was Newport. It was a great opportunity for residents, businesses and organisations to learn more about the work of the Assembly.
I had the opportunity to discuss the work of the Assembly and to talk about how I got involved in politics. Newport Youth Council and the youth group at Pill YMCA were excellent. It was clear how passionate these young people are about where they live and how much they care about making Newport the best it can be. Also a big thank you to Horton’s Coffee Shop for hosting the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee to discuss the issue of loneliness and social isolation. Since that meeting Horton’s is now running a social table every Monday at 10am.
• This week marked the 10-year anniversary of the landmark smoking ban in Wales. The Welsh Government’s Minister, Rebecca Evans AM,visited Malpas Court Primary School to mark the anniversary, and to celebrate the school achieving the National Quality Award which teaches the dangers of tobacco.
• Since my last column I’ve welcomed Clytha Primary School, WALK Newport, Coleg Gwent and the University of South Wales to the Senedd. If you would like to visit please contact my office on 01633 376627.
• THE OFFICE for National Statistics recently launched their Data Science Hub based in Newport. The new £17 million Data Hub will put the ONS at the forefront of innovative...
The Welsh Government have announced an investment of £20 million for students with additional learning needs.
This is part of the additional £100 million extra investment over the Assembly term to improve school standards. The funding is intended to improve the aspirations of those who need extra support extra support in the education system, and make it easier for them to achieve their goals.
This funding is subject to confirmation of budgets at the next spending review, but protecting this funding is a priority for the Welsh Government.
In December, proposals for an ambitious law to create a bold new approach to supporting learners with additional learning needs. The Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal Bill will, if passed, completely overhaul the system for supporting pupils with ALN, affecting every classroom in Wales.
The £20 million of planned investment will support ALN learners in a range of ways over the next five years, including helping the education sector transfer to new system set out in the Bill, encouraging organisations to work closely together, developing the workforce and raising awareness of ALN.
Last year just 23% of learners with ALN achieved five good GCSE’s including Maths and Welsh or English compared to 59% of all pupils and Ministers want to improve on this.
The Welsh Government have announced an investment of £20 million for students with additional learning needs. This is part of the additional £100 million extra investment over the Assembly term...
Safer Internet Day is a global awareness day to promote good practice in online safety. It gives advice and guidance on the risks posed by new technologies such as social media, and information on how to stay safe while using social media sites.
I asked the Leader of the House to join me in commending initiatives by organisations across Wales that raise awareness of online abuse and exploitation, and to ensure me that the Welsh Government will continue to do all that it can to address this issue.
Speaking in the Senedd yesterday, I said: "As Chair of the Cross Party Group for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse, I am aware of the dangers children face online. While the internet is a great asset for people of all ages, it is important that we all know how to stay safe online. This is why I am supporting Safer Internet Day today."
A report commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre found that seven in 10 children and young people have seen unsuitable images and videos online. Additionally, 45 per cent of 13 to 17 year olds said they had seen nude or nearly nude pictures of people they knew being shared around their schools or communities.
The Welsh Labour Government have launched a new Online Safety Zone on the Hwb, the national digital learning platform for Wales, which has been developed to support teachers, parents and learners in this critical area. The dedicated area will host news, articles and a range of resources on various online safety issues to help keep learners safe. It will also signpost those dealing with the effects of online bullying or any online safety issues towards appropriate support services.
It is crucial that parents, children and teachers know how to stay safe online. This is why I am supporting Internet Safety Day.
You can view my question here
Safer Internet Day is a global awareness day to promote good practice in online safety. It gives advice and guidance on the risks posed by new technologies such as social...
I am proud to support the NSPCC's Share Aware campaign, which aims to highlight to parents and children the dangers of sharing information and images online. It's great to see the work the NSPCC are doing to safeguard children and prevent online exploitation.
You can find out more information about the campaign, and about how to stay safe online on the NSPCC's website.
I am proud to support the NSPCC's Share Aware campaign, which aims to highlight to parents and children the dangers of sharing information and images online. It's great to see...
I was thrilled to attend the launch of the Ffrind I Mi campaign today along with Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans AM and Older People's Commissioner, Sarah Rochira, as well as so many other local campaigners, volunteers and health professionals.
The Ffrind I Mi befriending service aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation by matching volunteers to individuals who have experienced loneliness and isolation based on their hobbies and interests.Loneliness and social isolation can affect anyone, at any time in their life and can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Around 75% of people over 75 have experienced loneliness, but it is not an age specific problem and is being seen more and more as an intergenerational issue. The Ffrind I Mi service will help anyone, of any age to combat loneliness.
If you are interested, or know anyone who could be interest please sign up and say #countmein to help the campaign against loneliness.
Thank you so much to everyone involved in such a positive and innovative campaign, including Tanya and Claire whose commitment has made this idea a reality. Also to Dave from Coleg Gwent for the fabulous logo design. It's great to see Newport leading the way on tackling substantial issues across Wales.
You can find out more information on their website
I was thrilled to attend the launch of the Ffrind I Mi campaign today along with Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans AM and Older People's...
Every month, my column is published in the South Wales Argus. You can read it here, or on their website
• St David’s Hospice in Malpas is well known to people in Newport and close to many of our hearts. The care by staff is invaluable to those who need it and their families.
Earlier this month I was joined by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething AM to look around progress on the new unit which is due to admit its first patients this spring.
The £5 million extension is partially funded with £3m from the Welsh Government and will be run in partnership with Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Newport City Council. The state of the art facility will have 15 beds giving patients first class care and will include a community hub and extra car parking.
• Today (Thursday 26th) a new campaign to tackle loneliness in Gwent will be launched by the Minister for Social Services, Rebecca Evans AM in Newport.
The Ffrind I Mi campaign, run by Aneurin Bevan Health Board, aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation by partnering volunteers with people who are lonely by matching their interests. Loneliness has a massive impact on physical health – it has been found to have the same effect as smoking 15 cigarettes a day – and also mental wellbeing.
It can happen to anyone at any time in their lives and is a growing problem. As a Member of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee I’m glad that we are looking at this as our next Inquiry. If you’d like to take part in the Consultation please email SeneddHealth@assembly.wales or contact me for more information.
• Wales’ first ever Bus Summit took place this week as part of the Welsh Government’s 5 point plan for the industry. This is definitely a step in the right direction.
Many people rely on the service to get to and from work and for some, the service can be a life-line and the only way to get out and about. The Welsh Government will work with Local Authorities and focus on quality and sustainable bus networks that serve our community while ensuring value for money.
• Tomorrow (27th January) is Holocaust Memorial Day. There will be a Service at Newport Cathedral at 11am – all welcome. Importantly there will be pupils from schools across Newport present.
We will be remembering the horrendous persecution that happened during the holocaust and those who have been killed in subsequent genocides in places such as Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. We must never forget.
Every month, my column is published in the South Wales Argus. You can read it here, or on their website • St David’s Hospice in Malpas is well known...
Thank you to Pill Primary School's School Council for paying me a visit in Cardiff Bay.
It was great to get the chance to show some of the children around the Senedd, and they really did the school proud. I got the chance to hear some of their brilliant ideas, and let them test out some of the Conference rooms.
I always enjoy having the opportunity to show people from my constituency around the Welsh Assembly building, and if any schools or community groups from Newport West are interested in visiting the Senedd, you can get in touch with my office on 01633 376627 or send an email to me at email@example.com
Thank you to Pill Primary School's School Council for paying me a visit in Cardiff Bay. It was great to get the chance to show some of the children around...