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NHS Direct Wales



Health initiatives and programmes across Wales

 NHS Wales supports a wide range of health care initiatives and programmes throughout Wales at a national level and locally. These  include resources promoting self-care and healthy lifestyles for young people such as The Room, through smoking cessation services, information and training on managing chronic conditions, initiatives in primary and secondary care aimed at reducing waiting times for treatment, protecting against infection, reducing harm and saving lives. 

Health Challenge Wales

This campaign has been adopted as the national focus for improving health in Wales. It aims to raise public awareness of the need for each of us to do more to improve ouy own health and to provide information and support.

Welsh Backs

Welsh Backs is a joint initiative developed in response to Health Challenge Wales - the nation's challenge to improve health. Welsh Backs aims to reduce the physical burden faced by over two thirds of the population of Wales who will at some time suffer from back pain.

Expert Patients Programme Wales

This is an NHS based training programme which helps people living with long term chronic conditions to develop new skills to manage their own condition better and so improve the quality of day to day living.

The Primary Eyecare Acute Referral Scheme - PEARS

The purpose of a PEARS examination is to address the needs of the patient presenting with an acute eye condition i.e. ocular symptoms which would require urgent, if not immediate, attention. 

Wales School for Primary Care Research

Policy documents like Designed for Life accept that primary care in Wales is central to the vision of achieving sustainable, high quality services for Wales. This initiative aims to provide relevant and effective research evidence to underpin the development of high quality primary care services.


Access 2009 

Access 2009 is an initiative committed to reducing the length of time patients have to wait for appointments, diagnostic tests and treatment in order to improve patient care and treatment outcomes.

The ‘1000 Lives Campaign’ aims to reduce risks to patient safety by implementing life-saving interventions developed by clinicians in Wales.
Interventions include better management of medicines, reducing healthcare associated infections and surgical complications and improving general medical and surgical care. 

 The Welsh Healthcare Associated Infection Programme

The WHAIP team provides independent professional advice and information about healthcare associated infections to health professionals in Wales, to the Welsh Assembly Government and its advisory committee the Welsh Healthcare Associated Infection sub group, which is overseen by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales