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Report highlights Public Health Wales' outstanding research achievements
Report highlights Public Health Wales' outstanding research achievements
19/02/20
Report highlights Public Health Wales' outstanding research achievements

Public Health Wales has published its latest annual Research and Evaluation Highlights report. 

Transfer of All Wales Perinatal Survey database to Public Health Wales
Transfer of All Wales Perinatal Survey database to Public Health Wales
18/02/20
Transfer of All Wales Perinatal Survey database to Public Health Wales

Ownership of the All Wales Perinatal Survey (AWPS) database has been transferred to Public Health Wales.

Nearly half of people in Wales ignoring life-saving bowel cancer screening test
Nearly half of people in Wales ignoring life-saving bowel cancer screening test
17/02/20
Nearly half of people in Wales ignoring life-saving bowel cancer screening test

Welsh rugby legend urges people to take the bowel screening test.

Survey finds positive attitudes to vaccination amongst Welsh teens and their parents
Survey finds positive attitudes to vaccination amongst Welsh teens and their parents
06/02/20
Survey finds positive attitudes to vaccination amongst Welsh teens and their parents

Over 90 per cent of Welsh teens and parents surveyed trust vaccines and believe that they work.

Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published
Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published
04/02/20
Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published

The next Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 11 February 2020.

Organisations commit to protect and improve health and the natural environment in Wales
Organisations commit to protect and improve health and the natural environment in Wales
04/02/20
Organisations commit to protect and improve health and the natural environment in Wales

Natural Resources Wales and Public Health Wales have made a commitment to work more closely together to protect and improve the lives and health of people in Wales, as well as the natural environment they live in.

The Cost of Poor Housing in Wales
The Cost of Poor Housing in Wales
31/01/20
The Cost of Poor Housing in Wales

A new report, jointly published by Public Health Wales, BRE Trust and Welsh Government, was launched on the 30th January at a Welsh Government led Housing Information Group Seminar. 

Four out of five men attend potentially life-saving AAA screening
Four out of five men attend potentially life-saving AAA screening
29/01/20
Four out of five men attend potentially life-saving AAA screening

The latest annual report published for the Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme (WAAASP) shows that uptake of screening increased last year with four of out of five men invited taking up their offer of screening. 

Over 60 and online: New population health report finds older people in Wales actively involved in social media
Over 60 and online: New population health report finds older people in Wales actively involved in social media
28/01/20
Over 60 and online: New population health report finds older people in Wales actively involved in social media

Welsh over 60s are online and actively engaging in social media, which has the potential to be an important tool for public health.

Public Health Wales statement on Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China
Public Health Wales statement on Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China
22/01/20
Public Health Wales statement on Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China

Updated: 20/02/2020

Recruitment of non-executive directors to Public Health Wales
Recruitment of non-executive directors to Public Health Wales
20/01/20
Recruitment of non-executive directors to Public Health Wales

The Minister for Health and Social Services is looking to appoint three new Non-Executive Directors to join the Public Health Wales Board.

Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 23 January 2020
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 23 January 2020
20/01/20
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 23 January 2020

Public Health Wales NHS Trust hold regular meetings, which members of the public, including members of staff, are welcome to attend.

Improvement in screening uptake in Wales
Improvement in screening uptake in Wales
15/01/20
Improvement in screening uptake in Wales

Public Health Wales issued more than 940,000 screening invitations to eligible individuals across its seven national screening programmes last year. 

Additional cases of TB linked with HMP Parc
Additional cases of TB linked with HMP Parc
10/01/20
Additional cases of TB linked with HMP Parc

Public Health Wales has identified two additional confirmed cases of TB linked with the cluster of cases in HMP Parc, Bridgend.  

Cluster of TB cases in HMP Parc
Cluster of TB cases in HMP Parc
20/12/19
Cluster of TB cases in HMP Parc

Public Health Wales is investigating after four cases of Tuberculosis (TB) were identified in men residing at HMP Parc in Bridgend over the last 9 months. 

Giardia cases in the Colwyn Bay area
Giardia cases in the Colwyn Bay area
18/12/19
Giardia cases in the Colwyn Bay area

Public Health Wales and Conwy County Borough Council are investigating a number of linked cases of Giardia in the Colwyn Bay area.

New survey shows both good Welsh public sector awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and opportunities for improvement
New survey shows both good Welsh public sector awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and opportunities for improvement
18/12/19
New survey shows both good Welsh public sector awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and opportunities for improvement

75 per cent of Welsh public sector employees surveyed have good awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). However, only 36 per cent feel confident in their knowledge and skills to help prevent ACEs within their role.

Dyfed Edwards joins Public Health Wales Board
Dyfed Edwards joins Public Health Wales Board
17/12/19
Dyfed Edwards joins Public Health Wales Board

The Minister of Health and Social Services has announced that, following a formal public appointments recruitment process, Dyfed Edwards has been appointed to the Public Health Wales Board.

Adolescents in Wales not meeting physical activity guidelines – updated analysis
Adolescents in Wales not meeting physical activity guidelines – updated analysis
17/12/19
Adolescents in Wales not meeting physical activity guidelines – updated analysis

Just 18 per cent of adolescents in Wales are getting the recommended amount of physical activity, according to an updated analysis for the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) reporting tool.

Averting tragedy: Suicide prevention in Welsh children and young people
Averting tragedy: Suicide prevention in Welsh children and young people
13/12/19
Averting tragedy: Suicide prevention in Welsh children and young people

Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), preventing alcohol and substance misuse, and improving education and training opportunities are some key ways to help prevent suicide in Welsh children and young people.

Public Health Wales marks Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Public Health Wales marks Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
10/12/19
Public Health Wales marks Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Human Rights Day, marking the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Public Health Wales is reflecting on the variety of outstanding equality and human rights projects and activities undertaken across the organisation. This includes efforts to become a recognised Organisation of Sanctuary.

New call-out in Llwynhendy Community TB Screening Exercise invites children to be tested
New call-out in Llwynhendy Community TB Screening Exercise invites children to be tested
02/12/19
New call-out in Llwynhendy Community TB Screening Exercise invites children to be tested

Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board are again asking people living in the Llwynhendy area of Carmarthenshire who may have been exposed to TB disease to come forward to be screened.  

Antenatal Screening Wales Publishes Annual Report for 2018-19
Antenatal Screening Wales Publishes Annual Report for 2018-19
28/11/19
Antenatal Screening Wales Publishes Annual Report for 2018-19

The report highlights the achievements of the team, working closely with colleagues across Wales.

Paediatricians in Wales supported to meet highest levels of Safeguarding
Paediatricians in Wales supported to meet highest levels of Safeguarding
26/11/19
Paediatricians in Wales supported to meet highest levels of Safeguarding

The National Safeguarding Team’s Safeguarding Training for Paediatricians has helped paediatricians update their safeguarding knowledge to the required level 3 professional standards. 

Winter health: How we can all make a difference
Winter health: How we can all make a difference
21/11/19
Winter health: How we can all make a difference

Actions by individuals, communities and organisations can have a major impact on keeping people healthy and well during the winter time.

National Primary Care Conference 2019
National Primary Care Conference 2019
15/11/19
National Primary Care Conference 2019

More than 400 primary care professionals from across Wales gathered at the fourth annual National Primary Care Conference held at the International Conference Centre in Newport on Thursday 7 November, 2019. 

 

More than 99% of newborn babies screened for serious diseases
More than 99% of newborn babies screened for serious diseases
13/11/19
More than 99% of newborn babies screened for serious diseases

Between April 2018 and March 2019, 31,048 newborn babies in Wales were tested for serious but rare medical conditions. 

Work with asylum seekers and refugees recognised
Work with asylum seekers and refugees recognised
12/11/19
Work with asylum seekers and refugees recognised

A team from Public Health Wales have been recognised for their work helping to understand how asylum seekers and refugees interact with the health service in Wales.

Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published
Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published
08/11/19
Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published

The next Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 12 November 2019.

The Charter for International Health Partnerships in Wales: Recommitment Ceremony and Charter Implementation Toolkit
The Charter for International Health Partnerships in Wales: Recommitment Ceremony and Charter Implementation Toolkit
04/11/19
The Charter for International Health Partnerships in Wales: Recommitment Ceremony and Charter Implementation Toolkit

Heath organisations across Wales have recommitted to an important charter promoting and strengthening international partnerships.

Putting things right 2018-19: How we dealt with complaints and compliments.
Putting things right 2018-19: How we dealt with complaints and compliments.
04/11/19
Putting things right 2018-19: How we dealt with complaints and compliments.

In 2018-19, Public Health Wales investigated 59 formal complaints under our Putting Things Right procedure, a small increase of seven from 52 last year. 

Cervical Screening Wales Annual Report 2018-19 Published
Cervical Screening Wales Annual Report 2018-19 Published
30/10/19
Cervical Screening Wales Annual Report 2018-19 Published

The latest annual report for Cervical Screening Wales shows that 73.2% of eligible women responded to their invitation for cervical screening last year - and the programme encourages all women take up their opportunity to be screened. 

Welsh Public Health Conference highlights 2019
Welsh Public Health Conference highlights 2019
24/10/19
Welsh Public Health Conference highlights 2019

Thank you to everyone who made this years’ event a big success. 

No new cases of Legionnaires' disease in Barry
No new cases of Legionnaires' disease in Barry
24/10/19
No new cases of Legionnaires' disease in Barry

Public Health Wales and partner agencies have not identified any new cases of Legionnaires’ disease linked to the cluster in Barry since August 2019. 

Coronation Street character's death brings need for cervical screening to national attention
Coronation Street character's death brings need for cervical screening to national attention
24/10/19
Coronation Street character's death brings need for cervical screening to national attention

Public Health Wales is encouraging women to attend regular cervical screenings amidst the national attention brought to cervical cancer through the death of beloved Coronation Street character Sinead Osbourne.

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019: Are you leadaware?
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019: Are you leadaware?
21/10/19
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019: Are you leadaware?

Lead exposure can have serious detrimental effects on health, especially in children.

Statement on suspected mumps in Cardiff and Cwm Taf
Statement on suspected mumps in Cardiff and Cwm Taf
21/10/19
Statement on suspected mumps in Cardiff and Cwm Taf

Public Health Wales is urging people to make sure they have received the MMR vaccination as it investigates cases of suspected mumps in universities in Wales.

The Welsh Public Health Conference is almost here
The Welsh Public Health Conference is almost here
16/10/19
The Welsh Public Health Conference is almost here

Conference week is here and we are so excited to see you all at the ICC this week! 

The Health Impacts of Brexit: risks of harmful impacts increase whilst chances of positive impacts remain unchanged
The Health Impacts of Brexit: risks of harmful impacts increase whilst chances of positive impacts remain unchanged
11/10/19
The Health Impacts of Brexit: risks of harmful impacts increase whilst chances of positive impacts remain unchanged

A new report looks at evidence that’s emerged since January about the possible real-life effects Brexit could have on people’s health and well-being in Wales, as the chance of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October has increased.

Welsh Public Health Conference - One week to go!
Welsh Public Health Conference - One week to go!
10/10/19
Welsh Public Health Conference - One week to go!

The countdown is on, there's only one week to go until the Welsh Public Health Conference 2019! 

Principles of community engagement: Relinquish your power so that communities can take control
Principles of community engagement: Relinquish your power so that communities can take control
08/10/19
Rules of community engagement: Relinquish your power so that communities can take control

Community engagement that leads to empowerment is good for health.

Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published
Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published
03/10/19
Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published

The Knowledge, Research and Information Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 09 October 2019.

Welsh athlete with cystic fibrosis gets his flu vaccine ahead of embarking on his latest gruelling challenge
Welsh athlete with cystic fibrosis gets his flu vaccine ahead of embarking on his latest gruelling challenge
01/10/19
Welsh athlete with cystic fibrosis gets his flu vaccine ahead of embarking on his latest gruelling challenge

As somebody with a long-term health condition, Josh knows he is vulnerable to infections. At high risk of complications from flu, he needs his annual vaccine to best protect himself. 

A healthy heritage: 20 years of the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes
A healthy heritage: 20 years of the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes
30/09/19
A healthy heritage: 20 years of the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes

20 years in existence. 202 National Quality Awards presented to schools in Wales for outstanding health and wellbeing. 2019 finds the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes (WNHSS) at an impressive point in its history.

Farmers' health and wellbeing needs to be at the centre of Brexit response – new report
Farmers' health and wellbeing needs to be at the centre of Brexit response – new report
26/09/19
Farmers' health and wellbeing needs to be at the centre of Brexit response – new report

More needs to be done to protect against the potential detrimental impact of Brexit on the health and wellbeing of farming communities in Wales, and to challenge the stigma associated with seeking help, according to a new report.

Phase 2 of Llwynhendy Community TB Screening Exercise finds no new active cases of TB
Phase 2 of Llwynhendy Community TB Screening Exercise finds no new active cases of TB
24/09/19
Phase 2 of Llwynhendy Community TB Screening Exercise finds no new active cases of TB

No active cases of TB disease have been found within the community following the second phase of a community tuberculosis (TB) screening exercise carried out at Prince Philip Hospital earlier this month. This was in response to the TB outbreak in Llwynhendy, Carmarthenshire.

Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 26 September 2019
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 26 September 2019
20/09/19
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 26 September 2019

A Public Board meeting of Public Health Wales will be held on Thursday 26 September 2019 at 9:00am, in Room 3.7, 2 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff.

Winners of NHS Wales Awards 2019 announced
Winners of NHS Wales Awards 2019 announced
19/09/19
Winners of NHS Wales Awards 2019 announced

Nine awards were presented to organisations across Wales for their innovative work that has transformed the experience and outcomes for people in Wales.

Hepatitis C eliminated in HMP Swansea: A UK first for a remand prison
Hepatitis C eliminated in HMP Swansea: A UK first for a remand prison
19/09/19
Hepatitis C eliminated in HMP Swansea: A UK first for a remand prison

HMP Swansea has eliminated hepatitis C amongst its prison population—a UK first for a remand prison.  

Drug deaths at their highest ever levels in Wales
Drug deaths at their highest ever levels in Wales
16/09/19
Drug deaths at their highest ever levels in Wales

Welsh drug deaths are at their highest ever levels according to a new report by Public Health Wales, with deaths from drug poisoning having increased by 78 per cent over the last 10 years.

Designed to Smile is 10!
Designed to Smile is 10!
12/09/19
Designed to Smile is 10!

This September, Designed to Smile (D2S), the national programme to improve the oral health of children in Wales, is celebrating its tenth birthday. 

Tuberculosis in Wales Annual Report 2019
Tuberculosis in Wales Annual Report 2019
09/09/19
Tuberculosis in Wales Annual Report 2019

Tuberculosis cases decline, yet the disease remains a concern

Responding to the challenge of implementing sustainable development principles - new report
Responding to the challenge of implementing sustainable development principles - new report
05/09/19
Responding to the challenge of implementing sustainable development principles - new report

A new report to support public sector bodies to implement sustainable development principles has been published today by the Health and Sustainability Hub and Research and Evaluation Division in Public Health Wales.

Preventable trauma in childhood costs North America and Europe $1.3 trillion a year
Preventable trauma in childhood costs North America and Europe $1.3 trillion a year
04/09/19
Preventable trauma in childhood costs North America and Europe $1.3 trillion a year

Across Europe and North America the long-term impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on health and productivity is equivalent to 1.3 trillion dollars a year, according to a new paper published in the Lancet Public Health.

John Boulton appointed as NHS Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety/Director of 1000 Lives
John Boulton appointed as NHS Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety/Director of 1000 Lives
30/08/19
John Boulton appointed as NHS Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety/Director of 1000 Lives

His appointment will take effect from 1 September 2019.

Number of smokers accessing free NHS quit support increases by a third
Number of smokers accessing free NHS quit support increases by a third
29/08/19
Number of smokers accessing free NHS quit support increases by a third

A record breaking 15,599 smokers in Wales used free NHS Help Me Quit services in 2018-19 – signalling the fourth consecutive year of growth and an increase of 3,672 smokers from five years ago (31 per cent).

How Public Health Wales helps to protect our environment
How Public Health Wales helps to protect our environment
28/08/19
How Public Health Wales helps to protect our environment

The Wales Environmental Public Health Service has published its sixth annual review.

Have your say on our Strategic Equality Objectives
Have your say on our Strategic Equality Objectives
22/08/19
Have your say on our Strategic Equality Objectives

As a public health institution, we aim to embody inclusivity in all aspects of the work we deliver for the people of Wales. 

UK loses WHO measles elimination status, but cases remain low in Wales
UK loses WHO measles elimination status, but cases remain low in Wales
20/08/19
UK loses WHO measles elimination status, but cases remain low in Wales

Where there have been small outbreaks of measles these have been due to imported disease in each of the last three years.

Drug misuse deaths in Wales in 2018
Drug misuse deaths in Wales in 2018
16/08/19
Drug misuse deaths in Wales in 2018

There were a total of 208 drug misuse deaths registered in 2018.

Healthy schools win 23 National Quality Awards in 2018-19
Healthy schools win 23 National Quality Awards in 2018-19
07/08/19
Healthy schools win 23 National Quality Awards in 2018-19

Congratulations to the 23 schools in Wales who received the National Quality Award for health and wellbeing over the 2018-19 academic year. 

Inaugural sexual health in prisons workshop
Inaugural sexual health in prisons workshop
06/08/19
Inaugural sexual health in prisons workshop

The Health Protection team held its first ever workshop on sexual health provision in Welsh prisons last month. 

Healthy Hajj: Pilgrims urged to be aware of MERS-CoV
Healthy Hajj: Pilgrims urged to be aware of MERS-CoV
02/08/19
Healthy Hajj: Pilgrims urged to be aware of MERS-CoV

Public Health Wales is urging Hajj pilgrims to be aware of and take precautions against catching MERS-CoV, sometimes also referred to as ‘camel flu’. 

Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published
Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published
01/08/19
Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published

The next Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 6 August 2019.

Registration for the Welsh Public Health Conference 2019 is now open!
Registration for the Welsh Public Health Conference 2019 is now open!
31/07/19
Registration for the Welsh Public Health Conference 2019 is now open!

This year, the Welsh Public Health Conference will take place on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October at the International Conference Centre in Newport.

Improve social connections to help communities thrive in uncertain times
Improve social connections to help communities thrive in uncertain times
31/07/19
Improve social connections to help communities thrive in uncertain times

A new report will help public services and other organisations in Wales work to develop resilient individuals and communities that are better equipped to respond to challenging circumstances like economic crises, stress, trauma, and the challenges of everyday life.

Find out what happened at our 2019 AGM
Find out what happened at our 2019 AGM
29/07/19
Find out what happened at our 2019 AGM

This year, we held our AGM in Newport on Thursday 25 July. 

Community TB Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Next steps
Community TB Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Next steps
29/07/19
Community TB Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Next steps

Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board are working together to provide clinical support to those patients identified as requiring further attention following the community tuberculosis (TB) screening exercise held in Llwynhendy, Carmarthenshire in June.

Look at our accomplishments over the last year
Look at our accomplishments over the last year
25/07/19
Look at our accomplishments over the last year

Find out about our achievements over the past year with our new Annual Report. 

Increase in Hepatitis C testing in prisons since introduction of opt-out testing
Increase in Hepatitis C testing in prisons since introduction of opt-out testing
25/07/19
Increase in Hepatitis C testing in prisons since introduction of opt-out testing

To coincide with World Hepatitis Day 2019 on Sunday 28 July, Public Health Wales has released new figures that show a sustained increase in testing for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in prisons in Wales.

Corporate Health Standard award – it's Gold!
Corporate Health Standard award – it's Gold!
24/07/19
Corporate Health Standard award – it's Gold!

Public Health Wales has been awarded a Gold Corporate Health Standard award following a two-day assessment.

Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 25 July 2019
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 25 July 2019
22/07/19
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 25 July 2019

Public Health Wales NHS Trust hold regular meetings, which members of the public, including members of staff, are welcome to attend. 

Welsh tax-raising powers could improve population health: new report
Welsh tax-raising powers could improve population health: new report
22/07/19
Welsh tax-raising powers could improve population health: new report

A new review published by Public Health Wales finds that Wales’ new tax-raising powers could be used to improve population health and reduce deaths from non-communicable disease.

Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published
Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published
22/07/19
Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published

The Knowledge, Research and Information Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Public Health Wales Parent and Young People's Attitudes to Immunisation Survey
Public Health Wales Parent and Young People's Attitudes to Immunisation Survey
19/07/19
Public Health Wales Parent and Young People's Attitudes to Immunisation Survey

Public Health Wales (PHW) has commissioned BMG Research to undertake a survey of parents and young people’s views and experiences. The survey will help to inform the planning of services and programmes.

Annual General Meeting AGM 2019 - one week to go!
Annual General Meeting AGM 2019 - one week to go!
18/07/19
Annual General Meeting AGM 2019 - one week to go!

There’s just one week to go until our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 25 July in Newport. 

Significant childhood adversity linked to increased risk of homelessness
Significant childhood adversity linked to increased risk of homelessness
17/07/19
Significant childhood adversity linked to increased risk of homelessness

People in Wales who have suffered significant adversity in childhood are 16 times more likely than the general population to experience homelessness, according to a new study by Public Health Wales.

Last chance: Submit an abstract for the Welsh Public Health Conference
Last chance: Submit an abstract for the Welsh Public Health Conference
12/07/19
Last chance: Submit an abstract for the Welsh Public Health Conference

You have less than two weeks to submit an abstract to help shape our programme.

Crowds lined the streets for a royal welcome
Crowds lined the streets for a royal welcome
11/07/19
Crowds lined the streets for a royal welcome

Residents of all ages turned out to line the streets of New Tredegar to provide a special welcome to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last week.

New report shows slow-down in cancer survival trends in Wales
New report shows slow-down in cancer survival trends in Wales
11/07/19
New report shows slow-down in cancer survival trends in Wales

A new report  published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) at Public Health Wales shows that long-term increases in cancer survival are slowing down. 

Book your place at the 2019 National Primary Care Conference
Book your place at the 2019 National Primary Care Conference
10/07/19
Book your place at the 2019 National Primary Care Conference

Registrations are now open for the 4th Annual National Primary Care Conference, which will take place at the International Convention Centre in Newport on Thursday 7 November 2019.

Boys' HPV vaccine to prevent cancer in Wales
Boys' HPV vaccine to prevent cancer in Wales
09/07/19
Boys' HPV vaccine to prevent cancer in Wales

From the academic year 2019/20, boys aged 12-13 will be offered the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in school alongside girls as part of the existing HPV programme.

A new Guide published to advocate for sustainable investment in well-being and health equity
A new Guide published to advocate for sustainable investment in well-being and health equity
08/07/19
A new Guide published to advocate for sustainable investment in well-being and health equity

A new practical guide has been published on ‘How to Make the Case for Investment in Well-being and Health Equity’.

Measles warning issued as Rhyl cases are investigated
Measles warning issued as Rhyl cases are investigated
04/07/19
Measles warning issued as Rhyl cases are investigated

People who visited particular areas of Rhyl are being warned to be alert to the signs and symptoms of measles after a local cluster of cases.

Two new Non-Executive Director Vacancies
Two new Non-Executive Director Vacancies
03/07/19
Two new Non-Executive Director Vacancies

Non-Executive Directors work alongside the Executive Directors as part of a unitary board to develop the strategic direction, ensure accountability and shape the organisational culture of Public Health Wales.

New research and evaluation strategy launched
New research and evaluation strategy launched
27/06/19
New research and evaluation strategy launched

The new Public Health Wales Research and Evaluation strategy highlights our commitment to embedding research and evaluation across the organisation, enabling us to build the knowledge needed to improve health and well-being across Wales (Strategic Priority 7). 

People and Organisational Development Committee papers published
People and Organisational Development Committee papers published
26/06/19
People and Organisational Development Committee papers published

The next People and Organisational Development Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 03 July 2019.

Findings of TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy
Findings of TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy
25/06/19
Findings of TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy

A community tuberculosis (TB) screening exercise carried out in Llwynhendy, Carmarthenshire earlier this month has identified no active cases of TB disease within the community, but 76 cases of latent TB infection.

Substitution in psychoactive substances a growing concern for experts
Substitution in psychoactive substances a growing concern for experts
25/06/19
Substitution in psychoactive substances a growing concern for experts

Public Health Wales’s WEDINOS service has seen an increase in the number of samples submitted for testing in the last year.

Legionnaires' disease in the Vale of Glamorgan
Legionnaires' disease in the Vale of Glamorgan
21/06/19
Legionnaires' disease in the Vale of Glamorgan

Employers and members of the public are being reminded of the steps they can take to minimise the risk of Legionnaires’ disease.

Get involved with Clean Air Day 2019
Get involved with Clean Air Day 2019
20/06/19
Get involved with Clean Air Day 2019

This year Public Health Wales has signed up as a supporter of Clean Air Day 2019, which is taking place on 20 June.

Poor housing costs health service £95m per year – new report
Poor housing costs health service £95m per year – new report
19/06/19
Poor housing costs health service £95m per year – new report

Poor quality housing costs the NHS in Wales more than £95m per year in treatment costs – but action to mitigate poor housing could see a return on investment within six years, according to a new report.

Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Vale of Glamorgan
Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Vale of Glamorgan
18/06/19
Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Vale of Glamorgan

Public Health Wales is currently investigating an outbreak of seven confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in people living in the Vale of Glamorgan. 

Putting health and wellbeing at the core of the new Welsh education curriculum
Putting health and wellbeing at the core of the new Welsh education curriculum
14/06/19
Putting health and wellbeing at the core of the new Welsh education curriculum

Staff from Public Health Wales’ Health Improvement Team recently hosted an event to introduce the New Curriculum for Wales 2022.

Evidence provided to House of Commons inquiry on drugs policy
Evidence provided to House of Commons inquiry on drugs policy
14/06/19
Evidence provided to House of Commons inquiry on drugs policy

Head of Substance Misuse Programme at Public Health Wales, Josie Smith, has given evidence to a House of Commons inquiry in Westminster.

Update on TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Friday 7 June 2019
Update on TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Friday 7 June 2019
07/06/19
Update on TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Friday 7 June 2019

The tuberculosis (TB) community screening exercise in Llwynhendy, Carmarthenshire being run by Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board has now ended.

Learn more about us at our AGM
Learn more about us at our AGM
06/06/19
Learn more about us at our AGM

Join us at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 25 July 2019 in Newport.

Update on TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Wednesday 5 June 2019
Update on TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Wednesday 5 June 2019
06/06/19
Update on TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Wednesday 5 June 2019

Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board are holding an additional tuberculosis (TB) screening session in Llwynhendy this week to meet high public demand for testing as part of a community screening exercise. 

Every lung counts...this World No Tobacco Day, and every day
Every lung counts...this World No Tobacco Day, and every day
31/05/19
Every lung counts...this World No Tobacco Day, and every day

Smokers in Wales are being encouraged to start a quit attempt this World No Tobacco Day (31st May), to improve their lung health and the health of those around them.

TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy
TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy
30/05/19
TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy

People in the Llwynhendy area in Carmarthenshire who may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) are being urged to attend a TB community screening exercise run by Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Third of people in Wales use digital technology to self-diagnose – new report
Third of people in Wales use digital technology to self-diagnose – new report
29/05/19
Third of people in Wales use digital technology to self-diagnose – new report

More than a third of people in Wales (34 per cent) use digital technology to self-diagnose health conditions, whilst only 14 per cent make a healthcare appointment online.

Welsh Public Health Conference 2019
Welsh Public Health Conference 2019
28/05/19
Welsh Public Health Conference 2019

Dates announced and call for abstracts now open.

Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 30 May 2019
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 30 May 2019
24/05/19
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 30 May 2019

Public Health Wales Board Papers 30 May 2019

Have your say on the draft Curriculum for Wales 2022
Have your say on the draft Curriculum for Wales 2022
20/05/19
Have your say on the draft Curriculum for Wales 2022

Invitation to stakeholder workshop event for the Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE) of the draft Curriculum for Wales 2022.

Responding to adverse childhood experiences - An evidence review
Responding to adverse childhood experiences - An evidence review
13/05/19
Responding to adverse childhood experiences - An evidence review

Individuals who have experienced four or more ACEs, are at higher risk of suffering the detrimental effects associated with ACEs.

Preventing violent extremism needs a public health approach
Preventing violent extremism needs a public health approach
01/05/19
Preventing violent extremism needs a public health approach

More needs to be done to understand the journey that leads individuals to commit acts of violent extremism.

 

More than eight in ten men in prison suffered childhood adversity
More than eight in ten men in prison suffered childhood adversity
29/04/19
More than eight in ten men in prison suffered childhood adversity

Childhood adversity linked to more times in prison, violent offending and a history of time in youth offender institutions

Public Health Wales supports Cardiff Healthy Travel Charter
Public Health Wales supports Cardiff Healthy Travel Charter
25/04/19
Public Health Wales supports Cardiff Healthy Travel Charter

We have signed the newly developed Healthy Travel Charter.

Public Health Wales prepares for Brexit
Public Health Wales prepares for Brexit
09/04/19
Public Health Wales prepares for Brexit

Public Health Wales has established a programme of work to ensure business continuity following Brexit, particularly in the event of a “no-deal” scenario.

Public Health Wales supports Nursing Now campaign
Public Health Wales supports Nursing Now campaign
09/04/19
Public Health Wales supports Nursing Now campaign

Public Health Wales is playing a key role in the rollout of the Nursing Now Cymru Wales campaign, which was officially launched at an event in Cardiff on 29 March.

Journal article sets out new approach to local air quality management
Journal article sets out new approach to local air quality management
09/04/19
Journal article sets out new approach to local air quality management

Public Health Wales’s Environmental Public Health Team has published new research to enhance local air quality management policy and action in Wales.

Public Health Outcomes Framework – indicator refresh and health board boundary changes
Public Health Outcomes Framework – indicator refresh and health board boundary changes
04/04/19
Public Health Outcomes Framework – indicator refresh and health board boundary changes

The Public Health Wales Observatory has released its latest refresh of the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) tool.

Last chance to register your place to attend the 16th Welsh Immunisation Conference
Last chance to register your place to attend the 16th Welsh Immunisation Conference
04/04/19
Last chance to register your place to attend the 16th Welsh Immunisation Conference

Registration closes this week and only a few places remain.

Sanctuary seekers and health professionals in Wales call for accessible health and wellbeing services for all – new report
Sanctuary seekers and health professionals in Wales call for accessible health and wellbeing services for all – new report
04/04/19
Sanctuary seekers and health professionals in Wales call for accessible health and wellbeing services for all – new report

People seeking sanctuary, including refugees and asylum seekers, are struggling to access health and wellbeing services in Wales, according to a new Public Health Wales and Swansea University report.

Public support for asking about traumatic childhood experiences in general practice, suggests initial study
Public support for asking about traumatic childhood experiences in general practice, suggests initial study
04/04/19
Public support for asking about traumatic childhood experiences in general practice, suggests initial study

Almost nine out of 10 patients (87 per cent) who provided feedback following a new pilot initiative said a GP surgery is a suitable place to be asked about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

New Public Health Wales directorates formally established from today
New Public Health Wales directorates formally established from today
04/04/19
New Public Health Wales directorates formally established from today

Two new directorates of Public Health Wales are formally up and running from today (1 April).

Welsh leaders agree priority areas for preventative action
Welsh leaders agree priority areas for preventative action
28/03/19
Welsh leaders agree priority areas for preventative action

Leaders from across the whole of the public sector came together alongside third sector partners at a seminal event to agree a way forward on priority areas for action to prevent ill health.

Cervical Screening Wales launches its social media awareness campaign
Cervical Screening Wales launches its social media awareness campaign
12/03/19
#loveyourcervix campaign launches today

Cervical Screening Wales launches its awareness campaign across social media

January 2019 Board Meeting
January 2019 Board Meeting
03/02/19
January 2019 Board Meeting

A Public Board meeting of Public Health Wales will be held on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 9:30am, in Room 3.7, 2 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff.

Talking to mothers about their adverse childhood experiences
Talking to mothers about their adverse childhood experiences
30/01/19
Talking to mothers about their adverse childhood experiences

A new ground-breaking local initiative delivered in Anglesey by the Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, has seen health visitors routinely asking new mothers about the Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs they suffered as children

True cost of gambling underestimated, say new publications
True cost of gambling underestimated, say new publications
29/01/19
True cost of gambling underestimated, say new publications

The current focus on individual ‘problem gamblers’ fails to take into account the full health and social cost of gambling because it overlooks the wider impact on families, friends and communities, according to new work published today.

New National Report examines how Brexit may affect health and well-being of people across Wales
New National Report examines how Brexit may affect health and well-being of people across Wales
21/01/19
New National Report examines how Brexit may affect health and well-being of people across Wales

Published today by Public Health Wales, the Health Impact Assessment of Brexit examines the potential effects of Brexit on the short, medium and long-term health of people living in Wales.

Cervical Screening Wales writes to women affected by out of date sample pot issue
Cervical Screening Wales writes to women affected by out of date sample pot issue
17/01/19
Cervical Screening Wales writes to women affected by out of date sample pot issue

Cervical Screening Wales has written to 369 women to advise them of an issue identified by the screening programme.

Change in cancer waiting times aims to improve outcomes
Change in cancer waiting times aims to improve outcomes
26/11/18
Change in cancer waiting times aims to improve outcomes

The Wales Cancer Network today welcomes a Welsh Government plan to implement a Single Cancer Pathway (SCP) in Wales.

Cocaine-related hospital admissions on the rise in Wales
Cocaine-related hospital admissions on the rise in Wales
20/11/18
Cocaine-related hospital admissions on the rise in Wales

The number of cocaine-related hospital admissions has increased by 114% in the five years to 2017-18.

Significant improvement in smear test result times
Significant improvement in smear test result times
25/10/18
Significant improvement in smear test result times

More than 140,000 women attended a smear test in Wales in 2017/18 according to a new report from Cervical Screening Wales.

New cervical screening test rolled out across Wales
New cervical screening test rolled out across Wales
18/09/18
New cervical screening test rolled out across Wales

From this week, all smear tests in Wales will look for the presence of high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which cause 99.8 per cent of cervical cancers.