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welsh government logo cb 1August 1 2017
The Welsh Government has renewed its commitment to supporting people with neurological conditions by setting out its plans for 2017-2020.

 

 

 

 

 

Among the priorities highlighted in this latest plan are:

  • Raising awareness of neurological conditions by involving patients and carers in designing services
  • Ensuring timely diagnosis of neurological conditions by calling on Health Boards to provide specialist advice within 24 hours (on seven day week basis) for those admitted acutely to hospital with a suspected neurological problem
  • Making sure those living with a neurological condition have access to care and support as close to home as possible by a flexible workforce with the appropriate level of evidence based knowledge, skill and expertise.

Its new Neurological Conditions Delivery Plan updates the initial three year plan introduced in 2014. Among the progress made on original plan priorities in the three years to 2017 has been a reduction in the time patients with neurological conditions have needed to spend in secondary care:

  • the average time an individual spends in hospital fell from 6.4 days in 2010-11 to 4.2 days in 2015-16
  • the length of stay following an elective admission has reduced from 3.9 days to 2.2 days;
  • stays following emergency admissions fell from an average of 9.2 days to 7 days.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said: “We have already committed to investing £1.2m to improve access to neuro-rehabilitation services in Wales. The neurological conditions implementation group prioritises raising awareness of conditions, including the development of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient reported experience measures (PREMs) to consistently improve the service.

“We want health boards to use this funding to make tangible differences in the health, wellbeing and independence of people living with long-term neurological conditions.”

Link:
Welsh Government announcement  

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