GDAS are delighted to announce that we, in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) and Public Health Wales, have won the Health Service Journal Award (HSJ) for “Improving outcomes through learning and development”.  The award commemorates the partnership working between GDAS, Public Health and other parties on the Living Well Living Longer Project (LWLL).  The judging panel said that this was “exciting, innovative, inclusive, patient and carer centred work. It is multi organisational, tailored as well as humane and caring – demonstrating engagement and outcomes.”

The LWLL Project provides designated screening, motivational interviewing, support and onward referral to other agencies such as GDAS to address heart disease, reduce health inequalities and improve mental wellbeing for the citizens of Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly. The LWLL Project works in partnership with the national exercise referral scheme and stop smoking Wales. In the partnership, GDAS provides Alcohol Brief Intervention training and Motivational Interviewing (MI) training for the staff along with continued supervision sessions to maintain their skills. We are very proud of the LWLL staff and the developments they have made with their MI skills and are glad to see the innovative partnerships recognised by the HSJ Awards.

For more information you may wish to read:

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/866/news/35559  (Living Well Living Longer Launch media statement on ABUHB website from January 2015)

http://www.gdas.wales/2016/09/13/partnership-working-pays-dividends-hsj-awards-shortlisting/ (GDAS article about awards shortlisting from September 2016)

https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2016-winners-revealed (link to full list HSJ Awards winners

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LWLL staff and representatives from partner agencies after being presented with the award by Sue Perkins