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Hywel Dda UHB is named a finalist for three NHS Wales Awards!

24 August 2022

Hywel Dda University Health Board is celebrating after three of our projects to support local patients and communities, have made the finals of this year’s NHS Wales Awards.

The national awards recognise how innovative ideas for change can make a significant difference to the patients who need care, the organisations who provide care, and the health and care system as a whole.

Successful local finalists include the introduction of a team of different health and social professionals in Carmarthenshire who provide intermediate care, in the category of delivering person-centred services. The team provides a range of short-term support that can help people recover in their home environment and prevent further decline which may otherwise lead to hospital admission.

Also reaching the finals is a project to improve the workflow and efficiency of pharmacy services in Glangwili Hospital in the category of enriching the well-being, capability and engagement of the health and care workforce.

A partnership pilot project between the Same Day Emergency Care team at Withybush Hospital and the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust has also been shortlisted in the category of providing services in partnership across NHS Wales. It is the first SDEC team in Wales to accept direct referrals of patients from paramedics. This is aimed at avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions, improving the patient experience and supporting ambulance availability.

Hywel Dda UHB Chief Executive Steve Moore said: “It is wonderful to see three of our teams of staff and partners showcased for their inspiring work together. Our health and care community in west Wales continues to strive to improve healthcare practices and patient care.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 10 October 2022.

With so many inspiring entries being submitted this year, the judging panel of NHS experts found it incredibly tough to shortlist the 24 finalists in the eight award categories. The next stage is for the judging panels to virtually visit each finalist to find out more and see first-hand the benefits they’ve brought to patients.

The NHS Wales Awards are organised by Improvement Cymru which is the national improvement service for NHS Wales delivered by Public Health Wales.

For a full list of finalists please visit