Glan Irfon ‘Bringing health and social care together’

The Glan Irfon Health and Social Care Centre is the first of its kind in Wales. It is the result of collaborative working between Powys County Council and the Powys teaching Health Board.

Watch our films showing experiences of patients that have visited the centre. Hear the views of front line staff who are improving the health and wellbeing of older people in the Builth Wells area.

The films have been produced to show local residents in the Builth and Llanwrtyd Wells area the benefits of receiving care close to their home and community.

Granville and Kathleen’s stories give anyone who is due to visit the centre a real life insight to what it looks and feels like prior to staying.

The stories also have a staff perspective from the local district nurses who are based at the centre and show the close working relationship with social services and BUPA staff who run the unit.

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The first film describes the close working relationship between the council and health board from Strategic Director for People at Powys County Council, Amanda Lewis and the Director of Nursing at Powys teaching Health Board, Carol Shilabeer. They explain how shared resources and closer integration of services between the council and health board will over time improve the care and support people receive in their communities and how Glan Irfon is a model for future services as a ‘one stop shop’ for health and social care needs in our rural county.

Kathleen's story

Kathleen was admitted to Glan Irfon for a period of respite while undergoing chemotherapy after developing cancer for the second time. Staying at the centre gave Kathleen time to rest and make sure she was strong enough to return home when the time was right. The support and care she would need at home from health staff, social services and support from the Red Cross could be put into place without Kathleen having to worry or be concerned.

As a local, Kathleen was concerned when the old cottage hospital closed and was unsure Glan Irfon would be of use to the community. Her story and experience says differently.

Granville's story

Granville was one of the first patients to stay at Glan Irfon. He is a local farmer from just north of Builth Wells and has spent his lifetime working the land from his family home. Granville was admitted with some complex needs that were immediately treated by an in reaching multi-disciplinary team of health and social care professionals.

Once Granville was fit, a home care plan was developed to support him on returning to his beloved farm.

Granville’s message of thanks to the staff of Glan Irfon frames it perfectly.

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Builth Community Hospital was in need of extensive works and finance to keep it open. A decision was made to close the old hospital in favour of building a centre with a new way of delivering health care that is joined with social services. Plans for the integrated facility were developed with close engagement from representatives of the local community, including local GPs, over a number of years.

Construction work on the project started in autumn 2012 and was completed in June 2013 when the facility was handed over to the council and Powys teaching Health Board. It was officially opened by First Minister, Carwyn Jones, who said:

“Created thanks to Welsh Government funding of £5.25 million, the new centre will enable people to receive care in the community close to their homes and is a shining example of linked up health and social services – key commitments of Together for Health, our vision for the NHS in Wales.

“I’m very pleased to have been able to open this state-of-the-art facility today, which will have huge benefits for patients and will prove to be an invaluable resource for the community.”

The centre enables people to receive care in the community close to their home, family and friends and is an example of linked up health and social services.

GP’s visit the centre daily to see patients in the 12 bed unit from the local surgery that is only a few hundred yards away,  and nursing care needs are met by a 24/7 team of NHS nurses.

An in-reaching team of therapists and support workers will provide reablement services to support people to ‘get back on their feet’ and return home with as much independence as possible.

The unit’s 12 beds can be used for up to six weeks for rehabilitation, respite or recuperation following an illness or an accident.

The council's Reablement Team work closely with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to help people maintain independence and return home as soon as possible, able to carry out day to day tasks and remain close to their community.

We would like to thank Granville, Kathleen and their families for allowing us to share their story.  Thanks also to staff, colleagues, elected members and Welsh Government for bringing health and social care together.



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