More than 300 community care professionals gather for first Llandudno conference

Health and social care colleagues from across North Wales joined forces to share ideas and learning at a community care conference in Llandudno.

More than 300 Health Board, local authority and third sector staff attended the first Community Resource Team conference at Venue Cymru.

The conference showcased the work of Community Resource Teams, where health and social staff work together to deliver care services outside of hospitals.

Attendees, included pharmacists, social workers, therapies staff, district nurses and volunteers, shared ideas on how to improve community services and heard from expert speakers providing case studies of new and innovative ways of delivering community-based care.

Speakers included Professor John Bolton, from the Institute of Public Care (Oxford Brookes University), and Dr Karen Sankey with Care Navigators Rowena Gregory and Kerry Grummert from the Community Care Hub, Wrexham, which has won national awards for its outreach work with people who are homeless.

Afternoon session speakers include Health and Wellbeing Facilitator Geraint Davies, talking about closer working with the voluntary sector, Programme Lead for Health and Social Care Transformation Meilys Heulfryn Smith on remodelling home care in Gwynedd, and Dr Meilyr Emrys on the use of the Welsh Language in Health and Social Care.

Dr Chris Stockport, Executive Director of Primary Care and Community Services, said: “One of our priorities is to provide improved care services closer to people’s homes. By encouraging better working between healthcare, social care and community and voluntary groups, we can do more to stop people needing to go to hospital for treatment and improve how they receive care in their own homes and communities.

“The collaborative way Community Resource Teams work together presents a fantastic opportunity for us to achieve this ambition.

“There was a really positive atmosphere throughout the day, and I’m confident that the shared learning will lead to more improvements in the way our residents access care services.”

Picture (c) Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.