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Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for organisations charged with delivering it, according to a National Assembly committee. Worth around £125 million pounds a year the programme…
A report which looks at the way in which the integration of health and social care is impacting on the workforce in Wales has been published. Commissioned by public services trade union UNISON, and written by the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), which is based at the…
Most children and young people in care in Wales are doing well, with over three quarters experiencing a high level of placement stability, new research published today shows. The Welsh Government commissioned the Institute of Public Care (IPC) to carry out an analysis of outcomes for children and young people…
No criminal charges will be brought in relation to the death of a two-year-old girl who was in a car that plunged into a Welsh river, police have said. Kiara Moore died after being recovered from a silver Mini in the River Teifi in Cardigan on March 19, just days…
A residential child care worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales fitness to practise hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired because of her misconduct. The hearing was told that Debra Lloyd was present when two young people…
A new inquiry into the care of dementia patients on a troubled mental health ward in North Wales has been branded a "whitewash" after it said there was no institutional abuse. The findings of an in-depth investigation into the treatment of patients on Tawel Fan ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital…
The Welsh Government is demanding that a problem-plagued health board makes further improvements to services following the publication of a report into the closure of a hospital ward for dementia patients. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said he wants Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales to increase the pace…
An inspection of Adult Services at Powys County Council has 'identified significant areas for improvement' outlined in a Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) report published today. The inspection, which took place in January, looked at how adults, their families and carers access information advice and assistance services and are supported and…
Pregnant women in Wales will be the first in the UK to be offered a safer and more accurate test for Down's syndrome, according to the Welsh Government. The new non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT), which it is anticipated will save one to two babies from miscarriage each year in the…
A new resource to make sure health and social care workers in Wales are confident they have the skills, knowledge and understanding to provide high quality care has been launched yesterday in Cardiff. The 'All Wales induction framework for health and social care' aims to help workers: Better understand their…
Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has confirmed the NHS bursary will be extended in Wales for students starting their studies in September 2019. The bursary, for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, was scrapped in England in 2017. In Wales, the full bursary package will continue to be…
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