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University and NHS join forces for celebration of health

June 19 2015


Glyndŵr University and the NHS joined forces for a celebration of health in North Wales.

Simon Dean, the new Accountable Officer at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Angela Hopkins, are among the speakers at the event today (Friday).

Organised by BCUHB, the Celebration of Nursing, Midwifery, Therapies and Healthcare Sciencesis to be held at the Catrin Finch Centre from 9.30am until 4pm.

The programme includes workshops and seminars on teamwork, collaborative projects with Glyndŵr and Bangor universities, a dementia tea party and discussion with Blue Sky/Awyr Las as part of a World Café session, and the launch of the 2015 Awards for Excellence.

Pat Hibberd, Head of the School of Psychology, Sport Science and Health at Glyndŵr, said: “The event enables BCUHB to celebrate and share the hard work they are doing with new developments and improvements in nursing practice.

“The programme will  also  give a flavour of the collaboration that takes place between the health board and universities in North Wales and will be an opportunity to show the importance of  those partnerships in supporting and disseminating innovation and continuous improvement.”

Angela Hopkins added: “The conference gives the opportunity for us to share good practice and innovation from across nursing, midwifery, health visiting, therapies and healthcare sciences.

“It also gives me opportunity as executive director to recognise the commitment and energy of our frontline staff who are passionate about improving the patient experience.”

Other items on the agenda include a talk on ambulatory care and a showcase of student innovations, notably an accessible signage project by Andrea Davies, a Fine Art student at Glyndŵr.

Alison Lester-Owen, a Senior Lecturer in Nursing in Wrexham, will also be on hand to discuss the findings of research into public perceptions of professionalism in healthcare

The University and BCUHB joined forces earlier this year to garner responses that will shape the way hospitals and surgeries provide customer service and care in the future. 

People were asked for their opinions on what should be expected from professionals working in the sector, from doctors and nurses, to cleaners, catering staff and anyone operating in the health arena.

“The research has looked at the opinions of health workers and people in the industry, but we were particularly interested in gathering the views of the general public as after all they are the ones who experience the service and can give an honest evaluation of the NHS in North Wales,” said Alison.

“The results will influence how we teach the next generation of health care professionals in Wales.”

For more information on tomorrow’s conference, email

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