Charitable Funds Bids Panel

Charitable Funds Bids Panel

Panel Grants under 10K are reviewed by the Charitable Funds Bids Panel

New facilities at the Mental Health Unit
The Real Sunlight room is a sunlight therapy innovation in which unique sun simulators fully replicates the suns natural light and heat, with the exception of UV rays. The result is safe, deeply relaxing sunbathing –essential to patients health and wellbeing. The room has the option to add gentle breeze; the sound and smell of the sea; sand or grass growing under the feet and lush surrounds. The sunroom provides an opportunity for patients to relax and sunbathe together; greatly promoting conversation and social behaviour since the feeling, sounds and environment stimulate memories of holidays and experiences of days gone by which people like to share.

Reminiscence Pods are seen to improve services as opposed to more traditional ways of providing opportunities for reminiscence, the pod provides a complete environment, with things to see, touch and interact with, which stimulates an individual's recall and offers the wider experience to more people who may have other cognitive impairments. Often people with dementia find it difficult to express themselves. The pods promote conversation initiated by those with dementia, which helps give people a voice, leading to increased confidence, greater levels of communication and a sense of community.

Ty Hybrid Living Unit
The Specialist Neurosciences Occupational Therapy service manages an independent living unit Ty Hybrid at Rookwood Hospital which supports the rehabilitation of patients within the Specialist Neurosciences Rehabilitation Unit and the Welsh Spinal Cord Injuries Unit. The unit provides patients and carers with the opportunity to experience and participate in activities of daily living independent from the ward environment. The current facility is highly used and is an integral part of rehabilitation for patients following traumatic injury or life changing events. A new dining table and chairs were granted to enable patients and carers to sit together for meals. Storage units and a specialist shower chair to promote independence through patient use. The unit provides patients who have acquired severe and complex needs with the opportunity to gain confidence in a normal environment. Here they can develop skills and new techniques to support their discharge and the transition from hospital into the community.

Endoscopy Services
To support the UHB delivering enhanced endoscopy services, funding for Wireless Endoscopy Capsule allows investigation of the small bowel when the patient swallows a small antibiotic size capsule. The capsule consists of a camera, light source and wireless circuit for the acquisition and transmission of signal. Images taken by the capsule as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract are transmitted to a belt attached to a data recorder. Information is then downloaded onto a computer workstation. This procedure is relatively non-invasive, reduces radiation exposure to the patient, is more dignified and accurate as well as sensitive and specific.

The Hollies Special School
A communication aid was developed by the health team at the Hollies Special School for children with communication problems. The tool can equally be targeted at adults with similar problems or alternatively for those with English as a second language. It is now routinely used during medical examinations and is proven to alleviate children's anxieties as they know which part of their body is to undergo the examination. It also identifies the children's areas of pain so that both the health and education team can take appropriate action. Failure to communicate effectively can result in challenging behaviour and lack of engagement with health professionals. Families that have used the tool have expressed significant benefits including their child being more aware of their body and any conditions.

Supporting the Employee Wellbeing Service
Cardiff and Vale UHB is a Mindful Employer Charter Signatory, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness of mental health at work and offering a positive approach in the retention and recruitment of staff living with mental health issues. "Keeping Well at Work" booklets provide information to individual staff members on managing their health and well-being, and how to approach managers and other sources of support for employees. A copy of the booklet is to be placed in every department across the UHB. While employee assistance and organisational health services are in place, the provision of these booklets will act as a helpful addition to promoting mental health in the workplace. Evidence is clear that stress can be prevented and people with mental health issues can and do stay in work when given the right support, resulting in improved staff well-being and patient care.

Design to Smile
The Community Mobile Dental Service provides routine dental care to children across Cardiff and the Vale. A specialist team also provides dental care for children with high complex needs in schools. Children who attend the mobile dental unit often require extensive treatment without a parent present. The unit required a dental wand which is essentially a computer-controlled dental injection. The flow rate of the local anaesthetic is controlled by a computer. This means that the injection is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore comfortable. The wand is simple and easy to use, providing a calm and pleasant experience for the child. The patient experience is improved by reducing the anxiety and allowing for treatment to be carried out.

Quite Rooms
It is widely recognised that the care received by bereaved relatives will affect how they manage their grief both short and long-term. This is very pertinent to their long-term health and wellbeing. Following a death we have a duty as an organisation to provide dignity and respect to all involved, this care does not finish when a death occurs. The overall aim of the project was to identify what facilities were available and where improvements could be made to provide 'quiet rooms' for families following the receipt of bad news, or for bereaved relatives prior to or following the death. The successful project has seen a total of nineteen areas being fully or partly refurbished. Initial feedback from both staff and families has been extremely positive. This project will inevitably improve the environment for both staff and bereaved or distressed relatives following either the receipt of bad news or sadly following a death. An environment that is conducive is so important and will be remembered with clarity for years to come by both bereaved and also staff involved in imparting the bad news.

Education and Research Bursary Scheme
An Education and Research Bursary Scheme has recently been introduced across the UHB which has enabled the organisation to proactively support their staff, by paying course fees of staff members that are pursuing higher degree programmes such as MSc, MPhil, Professional Doctorate or PhD courses.

POC INR Blood Clot Management Devices 
Blood clot management no longer has to be an uncomfortable experience as a super new system will see faster and less intrusive treatment. At the moment, a needle or cannula is inserted into the vein, but this often fails due to poor vein structure, particularly in the elderly. When this takes several attempts to complete, it can be distressing and uncomfortable for the patient. Nurses at Lansdowne Hospital have identified a new device, the POC INR. The POC INR takes a quick blood sample from the fingertip and then produces the results quickly (often in less than a minute), allowing treatment to be adapted immediately and accurately. Twenty eight devices have been funded and will have the added benefit of reducing the need for lab tests and results and means testing at the hospital can be carried out more efficiently, improving patient care.

Active-Passive Trainer 
An Active-Passive Trainer has been provided for physiotherapy patients at Llandough Hospital. This specialised machine is for the use of critical care patients who are unable to leave their beds due to ventilator needs. It can be used to exercise their upper and lower limbs, by their bedside, in either an active or a passive form. The machine will support muscle flexibility, prevent stiff joints, counteract osteoporosis and stimulate circulation and the metabolism. This is a stimulating piece of equipment which enables patients to experience an enhanced sense of wellbeing and dignity by taking personal responsibility for specific rehab goals.

Specialised Supportive Chairs 
The provision of specialised chairs for patients staying in the intensive care unit have many benefits including a flat backrest with CareFlex WaterCell Technology to provide appropriate pressure relief, adjustable wings to maintain posture and alignment and are hoist-friendly so in an emergency, the patients can be transferred immediately. The chairs will enhance the quality of care and patient experience for patients that are restricted by ventilator needs. If a patient has progressed so that they are starting to stand and transfer, but still working on their balance, then they need a chair that will enable them to participate in rehabilitation, but provide support if need be.

Peace Garden
The Welsh Neuropsychiatry Service works with patients with moderate to severe cognitive, physical, challenging behaviour and emotional or mental health difficulties arising from Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). In order for each individual to gain maximum independence in real life environments, the Peace Garden Project was completed with the inclusion of sensory features such as a water fountain and solar accessories. The garden has the resources to undertake rehabilitation based therapy (physical, emotional psychological) as part of an innovative project.

Medicotech Balance Trainer
Many stroke patients suffer balance disruption as a result of their brain injury which can lead to extended inpatient stays. Approximately one third of all stroke patients have balance disturbance as a result of their stroke The Medicotech Balance Trainer is used specifically for stroke patients attending the physiotherapy department. The specialised equipment allows patients to actively participate in balance re-education using visual aids and computer monitoring. The patient is given a target on a computer screen and is then able to move within the safety of the balance trainer to achieve their goal. The software allows the therapist to tailor the difficulty to the individual and keep a record of their progress. The trainer provides an opportunity to enhance the range and style of stroke rehabilitation on offer with the physiotherapy department. Often with patients who experience extended stays in hospital find it difficult to appreciate the progress they have made, with the balance trainer software printable progress records are available to help assist and demonstrate where progress has taken place and where additional work is needed.

Advanced Computer System
The EP12 is a computer programme which offers enhanced hand therapy rehabilitation within the Spinal injury and Neuro rehabilitation unit at rookwood Hospital. Using a range of specific software with age appropriate activities for patients of age 16 years and over, the system provides an advanced data package, is graphically enhanced and will offer additional flexibility control measures which are micro sensitive and will produce stimulation of upper limb muscles. The system offers a range of physical applications including increase for range of movement, power, and pinch grip. This will lead to increased independence improved self-esteem, promotion of health and wellbeing as increase in function is gained.

Reclining Chairs
Ward East eight at Llandough is a dedicated care of the elderly medical ward which provides quality and safe care for over thirty patients. Patients are mostly over the age of eighty five and require a lot of occupational therapy during their stay. To assist in their rehabilitation and recovery the patients require appropriate seating to facilitate this which will enhance the patient experience and also help in the earlier discharge from Hospital.

Physiotherapy Equipment 
Specialised physiotherapy equipment for Whitchurch Hospital will allow the more severely disabled and elderly patients to safely access the gym as part of their rehabilitation. The hospital will be able to provide more effective exercise programmes, allowing staff to recreate the home environment more accurately for these patients. The equipment will also aid the provision of classes to patients who are seen very quickly after surgery some of whom require extra support due to acute pain. Working together in a group environment, rather than being stuck behind a treatment cubicle curtain encourages patients to actively support and motivate each other.

Ice Making Machines
For some women pregnancy can be a difficult time and can result in long periods of hospital inpatient stay. Some women are unable to tolerate food and drink and some are nil by mouth. A request for 3 ice making machines to help hydrate ladies through this difficult time was funded.

Abigail Kaye Midwife “The ice chips can give significant comfort to the patient. Ice chips also help with oral care and helps remove the discomfort of being unable to drink. Improving hydration and comfort to the women in our care??.

Lecture Theatre Chairs

The lecture theatre at Riverside Health Centre is a well used facility for the provision of both patients and staff education and also by voluntary sector groups. The Health Centre offers weight management programmes and diabetes education programmes to adults and speech and language therapy offer early community groups and stammering groups to children and families. The room is used daily, often for long periods of time.

Helen Nicholls Community Dietetic Clinical Lead “From a service provider’s point of view they look great and are a huge improvement. They have enhanced the educational experience of patients whereas the old chairs had a significantly negative effect. Patients have commented on the new updated chairs and the comfort they bring and the fact that some have arms has been very helpful when elderly patients have used them. They have also stated that the room looks cleaner and the chairs look a lot more hygienic.??

Dining Room Tables and Chairs

The provision of the new tables and chairs for our dayroom at Ward 8 Llandough Hospital will improve the patient environment along with helping us promote health and wellbeing for our patients. Assisting patients at mealtimes encourages socialisation and aids better nutritional intake which can lead to better recovery. The new sofas will be used on a daily basis in the patient dayrooms and will be a base for socialization and therapeutic activities for patients. Patients self-belief and independence can be significantly affected by the opportunity to do more for themselves and rehabilitate.

Tumbleform Chairs

The paediatric inpatient occupational therapy department at St David’s Hospital is a Multi-disciplinary Clinic for pre-school complex needs. The department enables the loan of tumbleform chairs to families to enable safe feeding which reduces the clinical risk of aspiration which can lead to hospitalisation.

Susan Thomas Principal Speech & Language Therapist “The equipment will enable safe discharge of patients by the provision of short term loan equipment, aid patients with recovery; ensure patients are safe in their home environment and assist families with care for their child. Chairs are being used for SLT assessment of feeding in clinic, which has helped to reduce the number of essential home visits. Staff feedback is that timely access to the equipment has promoted efficiencies and has also allowed a more realistic trial period before Occupational Therapists consider longer term postural needs??.

Staff Room Refurbishment

The Surgical Assessment Unit at UHW has relocated to the lower ground floor alongside the Emergency Unit and Medical Assessment Unit. To accommodate this move a new staff room was required for the use of all staff. A room was allocated and basic work was carried out. New equipment was needed such as fridges, microwaves and toasters along with tables, chairs and a new television.

Jennie Palmer Senior Nurse “I have been speaking with the staff about the new coffee room and their comments have been very favourable. The most common response I hear is that 'it is like having a break in a cafe'. They really like the new large screen television but just wish they had more time to watch it. As there is now so much room with the two large fridges and the microwave facilities they are bringing their own food to work. The staff would like to pass on their thanks for securing charitable funds to make their break time a relaxing experience in what is a very high pressured working environment??.

Double Beds

The purchase of two double beds for the Maternity Unit at UHW has enabled a partner or relative to stay overnight with women on the antenatal and postnatal ward.

Mary Coakley says “This initiative has been developed to provide support to women during difficult and stressful times. The company of a family member can greatly enhance their experience. The double beds will support the theme of dignity and respect. It also demonstrates that we have listened to women and respected the needs of the family??.

Room Conversion

In May 2011 the Podiatry Service, supported by the Orthotic Service, set up a specialist footwear fitting and advice facility at St David’s Hospital for patients requiring extra wide and extra deep footwear. As part of this service we hold a limited range of stock footwear which patients are able to purchase directly. However, in order to improve and develop the service the service needed additional safe storage space. With the help of charitable funds the service was able to convert an unused space into a storage room for footwear and orthotic products.

Paul Mason Podiatrist “The service enables patients to take greater control and self-care of their foot problems. From a Podiatry and Orthotic service perspective this has helped enhance efficiency whilst providing an improved service??.

iPads and Apps

The Welsh Neuropsychiatry Service is the only service if it’s kind in Wales and is based within Whitchurch Hospital. They work with predominantly younger individuals (16 plus) with moderate to severe cognitive, challenging behaviour and emotional and mental health difficulties arising from Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI). Recent trials with “Smart Technology?? such as iPads, iPhones and computer therapy have been shown to engage our clients and offer them new opportunities to achieve their rehab goals.

Karen Bonham, Adult Speech and Language Therapist “The panel approved our requests for 2 iPads and this will ensure that we have the resources to approach rehabilitation therapy in the most innovative and culturally acceptable manner for our younger and more difficult to engage service users. In providing tools which support communication we would enable those individuals to interact directly with their environment in a manner which promotes their independence and individuality, in addition to meeting the most fundamental needs – social interaction??.

A user’s summary “I cannot praise the IPad computer enough. It is ‘user friendly’ and access to e-mails and the Internet is there at your finger tips - there are no passwords to memorise. There are many applications to suite children and adults. Compared to other tablet computers, in my opinion it is streets ahead. Since receiving the IPad, I have used it every day and I didn’t realise how much it has helped me with my ‘Brain Injury’. My spelling and memory was poor and I had lost confidence in using a computer. This has given me my confidence back and improved my spelling and concentration level. I believe this is the way forward for people with ‘Brain Injuries’, as there are many applications that can be used for people with ‘Brain Injuries’ and I am proof that regular use can help and educate you immensely??.

Sensory Pieces of Equipment

The Children’s Community Nursing Service CNNS has introduced a Saturday Club which is based in the Children’s Centre in St David’s Hospital. Then CCNS provides individual respite to children with complex health needs within their homes on a 24 hour basis / 7 days a week. The Saturday Club, not only offers the parents additional respite, or the opportunity to meet other parents, but enables the children to play outside of their homes and socialize with other children, all of whom will have some disability, with familiar nurses from the team on site to meet their health needs.

Liz Pendleton, Lead Nurse, CCNS “Using charitable funds we were able to purchase a number of sensory pieces of equipment which include, fluorescent mirrors, finger painting equipment, a ball pool, palm printers, animal massagers, projection brollies and a spacecraft kit, along with many more items??.As an NHS respite service we rely on charitable funds to provide the specialist sensory play equipment that the children who use our service require. Though we provide nursing care a large part of any child’s care must include play. This ensures that a child’s developmental needs are considered but mostly means that they can have fun! Using charitable funds we were able to purchase a number of sensory pieces of equipment which include, fluorescent mirrors, finger painting equipment, a ball pool, palm printers, animal massagers, projection brollies and a spacecraft kit, along with many more items. As the club is held every week there needs to be a variety of play so that the children do not get bored. A big thank you to you all??.

Wii Balance Board, Accessories and Television

The patients on the critical care unit at University Hospital Llandough (UHL) are slow wean patients and not acutely unwell, therefore much of their day is centred around rehabilitation. After the patients have completed their activities of daily living with the nursing staff, depending on their needs they have one or two sessions of physiotherapy and then they need something to occupy the rest of their day.

The availability of the Wii and its attachments on critical care makes a huge difference to patients. The Wii can be left set up on the unit for patients to use independently, with their families or members of staff. It provides a level of distraction from the critical care environment they are in and their illness, whilst also providing a level of rehabilitation.

Users says “It is fun to use and makes me forget I am a patient stuck in a hospital bed. It stops me thinking about being ill.??

Staff on critical care says “It is a really good tool to help motivate the patients and nice to have new ideas for rehab and new pieces of equipment which we normally are not able to get?? The large TV provided by charitable funds means that it is easier for a patient to see the screen to enable participation. The Wii can also be used as part of their rehab sessions with the physiotherapist. Patients on the unit attached to ventilators are restricted to their bed areas therefore the Wii provides an alternate rehab tool. We can use the Wii fit board that was bought by charitable funds to challenge the patients balance, encouraging them to develop fine movements and coordination.

Alice Richards Senior Physiotherapist Critical Care, UHL “Even though the Wii is marketed as an entertainment tool, when used correctly it can not only entertain our patients but also provide a level of rehab, speed up recovery, promote independence dignity and self respect. Myself, the critical care team and the patients would like to thank charitable funds for purchasing this equipment for us??.

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