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Health minister’s university visit for 1000 Lives Plus campaign

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February 21 2012

Welsh Government Health Minister Lesley Griffiths addressed more than 100 students in Wrexham to raise awareness of a campaign aimed at improving healthcare in Wales.

The minister spoke to students at Glyndŵr University about the importance of all healthcare organisations in Wales working in partnership under the 1000 Lives Plus programme.

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The programme was established in 2010 to improve patient safety and increase patient-centred care in Wales.

The 1000 Lives Plus campaign is integrated with other national healthcare programmes in Wales under a five year NHS Wales plan to deliver world class healthcare by 2015.

Lesley Griffiths AM said: "As a significant proportion of the NHS workforce in Wales, nurses play a crucial role in introducing, testing and implementing improvements to the care patients receive. They have been at the forefront of many of the improvements introduced by the 1000 Lives Plus programme. Indeed, the nursing community in Wales has already introduced successful changes using the methodology.

"I am delighted to see the way in which nurses across Wales are involved in 1000 Lives Plus. It is allowing nurses to build on the successes to date and enabling nursing staff to consistently deliver changes which will make a real difference to patients’ experiences and outcomes."

Angela Williams, senior lecturer in adult nursing at Glyndŵr University, organised the event in collaboration with Liz Smith, Wales patient safety manager for the 1000 Lives Plus campaign.

Angela said: “We were delighted that the Minister took time out to speak to the students. The students are the future workforce of the healthcare industry in Wales and the event helped to equip them with the information they need to provide the best care they can.”

More information about the 1000 Lives Plus campaign is available online at www.1000livesplus.wales.nhs.uk

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