News: October 2017

A new research study examining peer support initiatives is looking for participants.

If you live in a family affected by Stroke, MS and Dementia, are aged 16-25 yrs. and live in North Wales then you can help us understand what you want and what you need.

Publication date: 26 October 2017

Angela Williams is awarded the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

Angela Williams, Queens Nurse and Lecturer in Nursing at School of Healthcare Sciences Wrexham site, was presented with the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM.)

Publication date: 24 October 2017

Implementing Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - Implementation Guidance

ASPIRE: Accessibility and Implementation in UK services of an effective depression relapse prevention programme.

An implementation guidance website has been developed using the findings from the ASPIRE project.

Publication date: 20 October 2017

Health Economics through the life course: Contributing to evidence and impact

Bangor University’s Centre of Health Economics and Medical Evaluation (CHEME) hosted a Core Event for Bangor Institute or Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) and Welsh Health Economic Support Service (WHESS.) The afternoon was opened by the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Hughes who stated “Health Economics has never been more important,”

Publication date: 12 October 2017

Lifetime Contribution recognised

Gwerfyl Roberts, a Senior Lecturer at the School of Healthcare Sciences has just received a Lifetime Contribution Award at More than just Words 2017.

The More than just Words Showcase Event recognises and celebrates the importance of Welsh language provision in health, social services and social care, and the exceptional achievements of individuals and teams.

Publication date: 11 October 2017

Monumental arts project changing perceptions in Welsh care homes

An arts participatory project involving 122 care homes across Wales (nearly 20% of the total) has brought fundamental changes to the way staff view some of their most vulnerable residents.  This was one of the key findings of an evaluation of Age Cymru’s cARTrefu project and presented to ministers and AMs at a special celebration in the Senedd today (Tuesday 10 October 2017).

Publication date: 10 October 2017

Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences develop teaching resources with a grant from Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

Publication date: 9 October 2017

Investing in warmer housing could save the NHS billions

British weather isn’t much to write home about. The temperate maritime climate makes for summers which are relatively warm and winters which are relatively cold. But despite rarely experiencing extremely cold weather, the UK has a problem with significantly more people dying during the winter compared to the rest of the year. In fact, 2.6m excess winter deaths have occurred since records began in 1950 – that’s equivalent to the entire population of Manchester.

Although the government has been collecting data on excess winter deaths – that is, the difference between the number of deaths that occur from December to March compared to the rest of the year – for almost 70 years, the annual statistics are still shocking. In the winter of 2014/15, there were a staggering 43,900 excess deaths, the highest recorded figure since 1999/2000. In the last 10 years, there has only been one winter where less than 20,000 excess deaths occurred: 2013/14. Although excess winter deaths have been steadily declining since records began, in the winter of 2015/16 there were still 24,300.

Publication date: 5 October 2017

Research reveals how housing improvements can lead to health benefits

Warmer homes can improve the health of social housing tenants and reduce NHS service use according to health economists at Bangor University.

Working with Gentoo housing association and Nottingham City Homes, Health Economists at the University’s Centre for Health Economics & Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) evaluated the costs and outcomes associated with social housing improvements and found a link between warmer homes and improved health for social housing tenants and reduced NHS service use.  

Publication date: 5 October 2017