At Hospice of the Valleys we are committed to delivering the highest possible standards of care to the people of Blaenau Gwent and we recognise that to achieve this it is important to have effective working partnerships across a range of organisations – we are working at the heart of the community, for the community.
Hospice UK and Hospices Cymru
Hospice of the Valleys is a member of Hospice UK – the national voice of hospice care in the UK, that supports the work of independent hospices through advocacy and raising awareness of hospice care and Hospices Cymru – the voice of charitable hospices in Wales, working to achieve high quality care for everybody in Wales who is living with a life limiting illness and caring to the end of life.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
As the preferred provider of specialist palliative care in Blaenau Gwent the hospice works closely with our local healthcare colleagues including GPs, District Nurses, other specialist nurses, community and hospital services. All clinical staff have honorary contracts with ABuHB and we provide specialist support and advice to our colleagues in both Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan and Ysbyty Tri Chwm
Gwent Palliative Care Strategy Group
Hospice of the Valleys is a member of the Gwent Palliative Care Strategy Group working collaboratively with other palliative care providers who share a commitment to continuously improve standards of care and support health care professionals to develop their skills to enhance the patient experience. [strategy document]
Neighbourhood Care Networks
Working with the local Neighbourhood Care Networks, the Hospice takes an active role in working with other health professionals working to plan services and developments in our local communities.
Head 4 Arts
A long standing partnership between community arts organisation Head for Arts and the hospice has ensured that patients attending day centre are able to enjoy activities such as music and singing with the support of professional musician.
Working closely with our partners the University of South Wales, Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan, we deliver accredited training for health care professionals through both our academic courses such as “Introduction to Principles and Practice Palliative Care” and by offering placement opportunities for student nurses, medical students and complementary therapy students.
Working with the Alzheimer’s Society, the hospice has successfully established an innovative model of palliative and end of life care for people with dementia Link to website section on the Challenge Project [Link to Alzheimer’s Society website]
Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre
Recognising the importance of ongoing research in ensuring that all care delivered is evidence-based and follows best practice guidelines, the hospice works proactively with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research centre
Circuit of Wales
As a charity the hospice is also very grateful to those partners who provide ongoing funding support, which is so essential in enabling us to deliver care to the people of Blaenau Gwent