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Escalation and intervention arrangements in the NHS

20/03/14
The document sets out how the Welsh Government, Auditor General for Wales and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales will work together to share information and respond when issues of concern become apparent in NHS bodies in Wales.
 

Cross border healthcare and patient mobility - guidance for the NHS

19/03/14
Advice on handling requests from patients for treatment in countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and requests from patients from the EEA requesting treatment in Wales.
 

Mental Capacity Act 2005 and consent for research

09/01/14
Information on when a person has given their consent to take part in research and has since lost capacity.
 

Independent mental capacity advocates service providers

09/01/14
Find out where your local provider is located.
 

Approval of approved clinicians in Wales

09/01/14
Guidance for clinicians who act as mental health professionals for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983.
 

Delivering the independent mental health advocacy service in Wales

09/01/14
Guidance for independent mental health advocacy providers and Local Health Board advocacy service planners.
 

Breaking the barriers

09/01/14
The Welsh Government has launched a national action plan to improve children’s mental health services.
 

Integrated assessment, planning and review arrangements for older people

17/12/13
Guidance for professionals in supporting the health, care and well-being of older people.
 

The All Wales Standards for communication and information for people with sensory loss

04/12/13
To ensure that the needs of people with a sensory loss are met when accessing our healthcare services.
 

Specialist NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - Professional Advice for Service Planners

22/11/13
Guidance on the role of specialist Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
 

Guidance to identify the needs of veterans in prison

22/11/13
The guidance promotes existing good practice and seeks to encourage closer partnership working between agencies. 
 

Requested allocation of a deceased donor organ

25/10/13
Detailing the circumstances when a request to a close relative or friend could be considered when there are exceptional circumstances.
 

Veterans’ and armed forces champions

25/10/13
They will provide support for veterans and service personnel to ensure that their needs are reflected in local service plans.
 

Implementing the overseas visitors hospital charging regulations

23/10/13
Guidance for non UK residents requiring treatment from a Welsh NHS Trust.
 

Quality standards for paediatric audiology (Wales)

22/10/13
These standards will set the agenda for the provision of audiology services for children and young people across Wales.
 

Our Healthy Future - technical working paper

22/10/13
This document sets the agenda for public health.
 

All Wales anaesthesia and surgery standards

22/10/13
This is one of a series of standards for specialised services for children and young people.
 

How to use your hearing aid

22/10/13
Detailed guidance on getting the best out of your hearing aid.
 

Criminal justice liaison services (CJLS) in Wales

15/10/13
This document outlines new guidance for those who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
 

Book prescription Wales - information leaflet

15/08/13
Explains how the scheme works.
 

Measles: A joint statement from the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

13/05/13
A reminder for pharmacy professionals of their responsibilities during the current outbreak of measles.
 

Consent in health care - information for children and young people age under 18 in Wales.

22/04/13
This leaflet is about their health care and the right to be involved in decisions about their health, health care or treatment.
 

Responsible body guidance for the NHS in Wales

05/04/13
The guidance sets out who is responsible for funding an individual's treatment and care within the NHS in Wales.
 

Cross border protocol

28/03/13
Details the arrangements between the NHS in Wales and the NHS in England to help support patients who live on the Wales/England border.
 

A national governance framework to enable high quality care in NHS Wales

18/02/13
This short document sets out what this means for everyone working in or for the NHS in Wales.
 

Interim community mental health team guidance

14/02/13
Temporary policy guidance on Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) has now been issued to Local Health Boards and local authorities in Wales.
 

Clinical governance requirements for community pharmacies in Wales

29/01/13
The document explains the changes to the Community Pharmacy contractual framework.
 

Reducing medicines waste

16/01/13
Advice for Health professionals on how to support patients to get the best from their medicines, and help minimise waste.
 

More than just words...

03/12/12
‘More than just words' has been developed to strengthen Welsh language services among frontline health and social services.
 

Mental Health (Wales) Measure training resource: Excellence in care and treatment planning

22/10/12
These training resources aim to help anyone to increase their understanding of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.
 

Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 – Public summary leaflet

17/10/12
This leaflet provides a concise summary and brief explanation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.
 

All Wales guidance on prescribing for erectile dysfunction

09/10/12
This guidance supersedes Welsh Health Circular WHC (99) 148.
 

Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010: National Service Model for local primary mental health support services

28/09/12
Part 1 of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 places duties on Local Health Boards and local authorities.
 

Human medicines regulations 2012

12/09/12
Changes to the law of the United Kingdom concerning medicinal products for human use.
 

Care and Treatment Plan template

01/06/12
This care and treatment plan has been prepared under section 18 of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010
 

Commitment to purpose: Eliminating preventable healthcare associated infections (HCAIs)

14/05/12
A framework of actions for healthcare organisations in Wales.
 

Clozapine and Gastrointestinal Obstruction

24/04/12
Highlighting the fatal adverse effects of Clozapine.
 

Psychological therapies in Wales - policy implementation guidance

03/04/12
This document provides guidance for Local Health Boards and Local Authorities on improving access to psychological services.
 

Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983

02/04/12
This guidance supports chapter 7 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice for Wales.
 

Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 Policy Implementation Guidance on 'Local Primary Mental Health Support Services' and 'Secondary Mental Health Services'

22/03/12
Guidance to assist Local Health Boards and Local Authorities in meeting their duties under the Measure.
 

All Wales nutrition and catering standards for food and fluid for hospital inpatients

05/03/12
Following consultation revised Standards have been developed for use in hospital settings in Wales.
 

Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 Guidance

28/02/12
Guidance for Local Health Boards and Local Authorities on the establishment of joint schemes for the delivery of local primary mental health support services
 

Ban on sale of tobacco from vending machines in Wales

01/02/12
A Welsh Government ban on the sale of tobacco from vending machines in Wales has been approved. This will come into force on 1 February 2012.
 

NHS Wales support for women with Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast implants

30/01/12
Advice for patients, clinical professionals and NHS managers on proposed arrangements to assess / care for women with PIP implants.
 

Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme

24/01/12
The Welsh Government has a commitment to extend the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes (WNHSS) into pre school settings.
 

National standards for children with cancer aged 0 to 15 years

20/01/12
Standards developed for the NHS in Wales to plan and deliver effective high quality cancer services for children.
 

All Wales children and young people’s continence guidance and care pathway

18/01/12
Guidance developed to improve the provision of continence care for children and young people with bladder/ bowel dysfunction problems.
 

All Wales paediatric bladder and bowel dysfunction continence care policy

18/01/12
It will enable Local Health Boards to deliver high quality services to children and young people.
 

A pathway to care for older prisoners in Wales

10/01/12
Guidance on how we plan to deal with the older prisoner population.
 

Guidance on sponsorship in schools

24/10/11
These guidelines provide a framework for schools to help them to decide whether or not to accept commercial sponsorship.
 

Good practice framework for people with a learning disability requiring planned secondary care

05/07/11
The guidance aims to define best practice and improve health outcomes for people with a learning disability staying in hospital.
 

Making decisions

29/06/11
A selection of guides to help you understand the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
 
The Mental Health (Wales) Measure factsheet

The Mental Health (Wales) Measure factsheet

10/06/11
Plans are underway to enact a number of important changes for people with mental health problems.
 

Engagement and consultation

31/03/11
This document provides guidance to local health boards and trusts on the conduct of engagement and consultation with citizens, on changes to Health Services.
 

Continuing NHS Healthcare for Adults in Wales

28/03/11
Find out if you are eligible for continuing NHS healthcare.
 

National Dementia Vision for Wales

04/03/11
Launched on the 16th February 2011 this document highlights the support and advice available to anyone diagnosed with dementia.
 

National Service Framework for Diabetes

30/09/10
Defining evidence based standards for the planning, organisation and delivery of diabetes services.
 

Letter to Assembly Members - Dementia Services

16/08/10
On the 12 July 2010, the Minister for Health and Social Services announced the action that would be taken to improve dementia services and agreed new funding to support implementation of the Dementia Action Plans.
 

Delivering the Care Programme Approach in Wales: Interim Policy Implementation Guidance

03/08/10
The CPA provides many service users with an mechanism to work towards maximising their ability to live fulfilled lives as independently as possible.
 

Standards for Spiritual Care Services in the NHS in Wales 2010

25/05/10
Hospital chaplains have long played a key role in providing a spiritual care service to patients, their families and carers and staff.
 

Providing for the needs of people with HIV/AIDS in Wales: National Care Pathways and Service Specification for testing, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care

27/08/09
The service specification documents the recommended models of care for patients with HIV or AIDS.
 

The Cardiac Disease National Service Framework for Wales

06/07/09
Providing a basis for planning and developing services for the prevention and treatment of cardiac disease.
 

Discussion document: Introduction of an opt out (presumed consent) system in the context of Organ Transplantation

20/10/08
Find out more about organ donation and presumed consent by downloading the discussion document.