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Welsh Language in Mental Health

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The Mental Health Clinical Board has tasked the Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP) with developing a Welsh Language Action Plan, as this group of patients has been identified as most in need of receiving services delivered in Welsh.

We have identified a number of Welsh speaking doctors, an advanced nurse practitioner and other allied health professionals.

Once a patient is identified as requiring care through the medium of Welsh, we will strive to place Welsh speaking staff on shifts if they are in-patients, and allocate them a community team member who is Welsh speaking.

Within our adult care setting we have investigated a communication system called Vocera to help us. The adult services in the Hafan y Coed unit at University Hospital Llandough (UHL). The Vocera system has an ability to provide a translation service which can be used by staff.

The services delivered to the majority of our users in the community is under review. The community vision of 24/7 Welsh speaking provision is  less clear, and over this next year we will be working to clarify the position.  

The Community Service Review is a large piece of work, involving our Third Sector and Local Authority colleagues, and the team managing it is aware of the need for Welsh language service provision.

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