Professor Peter Elwood OBE on 'Predictors of Dementia - Reducing the Risk' @ 'Healthy Minds for Future Generations: Promoting Dementia Risk Reduction' 14 December 2017





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In this episode, we meet two nurses with newly created posts. Claire and Joanne are learning disability liaison nurses, they are based in hospitals and support patients with learning disabilities to make choices and receive the medical care that’s best for them. Claire and Joanne also train medical practitioners, raising awareness and increasing understanding of the issues that need to be considered before and during a hospital visit.


More information at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Childrenwithalearningdisability/Pages/Going-into-hospital-with-learning-disability.aspx



11: This podcast episode is focused on Public Health Wales’ collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe and specifically on our joint work on ‘Investment for health and well-being’ – what does it mean; why it matters; and how it is relevant to the people in Wales and beyond.

Dr Christoph Hamelmann, Head of the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development (Venice, Italy) visited Public Health Wales and we had the opportunity to speak with him about this important topic. We gained an insight into the opportunities and challenges of investment for health and well-being; learned that current investment policies and practices are unsustainable; and explored key policy options and approaches for investment in order to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for all at all ages.



10: This episode the spotlight is on sexual health which is an important part of physical and mental health as well as emotional and social wellbeing. 

We went to Broadway Street Clinic in Barry to visit a consultant working in sexual health and HIV. Over 100,000 people live with HIV in the UK, however an estimated 1 in 5 are unaware of their infection. 

Dr Darren Cousins talks to us about the groups most at risk of sexually transmitted diseases, the case for prescribing PrEP and the need to improve sex education in schools.

Sourced from www.nhs.uk/oneyou/sexual-healt…bQwLJ27cX8eZEMTT.99 



9: We’re focusing on alcohol and older people, aged 50+. 

UK- wide research conducted by the Project Drink Wise Age Well in collaboration with the University of Bedfordshire found that 17% of older respondents drank 4 or more times each week and that a number of factors are associated with an older adult being an increasing risk or a higher risk drinker. Being an increasing risk drinker is associated with being male, identifying as LGBT, not having a chronic illness, still being in work and not having further education after school leaving age. Additional factors associated with being a higher risk drinker include living alone, not having a partner, being widowed and having a chronic illness or disability.

We visited the Drink Wise Age Well Offices to find out how they’re addressing these issues.





8: In this podcast we meet three individuals who work to support older people’s health and wellbeing.  

The population in the UK is getting older with 18% aged 65 and over and 2.4% aged 85 and over1- a major achievement of modern science and healthcare. However, the ageing of the population challenges the UK’s model of service provision.

Later in the episode we’ll be focusing on dementia and how people with the condition can be supported to lead healthy lives. Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common of which is Alzheimer's disease3. Our guest Robert Saddler has started a dementia cafe in Cardiff Central Library and he’ll be telling us about how it came about.

Firstly, we made a trip to Cardiff Bay to talk with Iwan and Steven from Ageing Well in Wales who are well placed to give us an overview of the health and wellbeing issues facing people aged 50+ .


Our next interview focuses on the creation of Cardiff Library’s Dementia Cafe. Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways, but factors like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.

We met Robert Saddler from Cardiff Central Library to find out about becoming a dementia champion and the activities they put on at the library. 


  1. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/articles/overviewoftheukpopulation/july2017
  2. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535187/gs-16-10-future-of-an-ageing-population.pdf)
  3. https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBArticle?page=what-is-dementia#.WYSNCbbau9I


Public Health Wales’ webs resources for older people- http://www.wales.nhs.uk/healthtopics/populations/olderpeople

Ageing well in Wales- http://www.ageingwellinwales.com/en/home

Information about Cardiff Library Activities- https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Libraries-and-archives/Find-a-library/Pages/Central-Library.aspx





7: In this episode, we focus on gambling as a public health issue and visit a therapy centre in Cardiff where problem gamblers are supported to overcome their addiction. Figures from the 2017 conference on excessive gambling in Wales show that an average of £675 per adult in Wales is spent on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals with each machine taking an average of £3000 per day.

More Information: 'National Assembly for Wales’ ‘In Brief’ on gambling as a public health issue
Link to June Programme and statistics for Wales’ Excessive Gambling Conference
Living Room Cardiff’s Beat The Odds service


6: In this episode, we’re talking drugs and alcohol. Wales is unique within the UK as there is a unified substance misuse strategy Working Together to Reduce Harm: The Substance Misuse Strategy for Wales 2008-2018, addressing both drugs, alcohol and poly drug use. We all know that substance misuse can be harmful to health in both the short and long term but what are the biggest issues in Wales?

We begin the episode by speaking with Matthew Rafferty from New Link Wales about the trends in substance misuse he sees as both a practitioner and staff trainer. 
Later on, we speak with Andrew Misell, Director of Alcohol Concern Cymru. As well as causing serious health problems, long-term alcohol misuse can lead to social problems, such as unemployment, divorce, domestic abuse and homelessness.

Public Health Wales information on substance misuse- www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/72997 
New Link Wales website- www.newlinkwales.org.uk/ 
Alcohol Concern Cymru’s website- www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/Pages/Catego…oncern-cymru
Talk to Frank, a good resource for information about names, effects and legality of various drugs- www.talktofrank.com/





5: In this podcast, Public Health Wales’ Health and Sustainability Hub talks to Professor Mark Bellis, Executive Director of the Policy, Research and International Development Directorate, about some of the opportunities in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 for public health, including to address adverse childhood experiences.







4: In this episode we focus on trans, non-binary and non-gender people’s equity of access to health care services in Wales. We interview a service user and trans activist along with a public health practitioner from the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights.

Further information:

Link to support groups - https://www.gires.org.uk/the-wiki
Link to e-learning modules - https://www.gires.org.uk/training



National LGB&T Partnership- Trans Health Factsheet on General Healthcare (nationallgbtpartnershipdotorg.files.wordpress.com/…nationallgbtpartnershipdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/trans-health-factsheet-general-healthcare-final-may2016.pdf)

Transgender in Wales (TiW) is part of the Unity Group Wales co-operative of LGBT organisations, delivering support for those who relate to being transgender and also supporting their partners, family and friends. (www.tiw.unityproject.org.uk/Website_cur…opment.html)



3: In this episode we focus on sun safety and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK but is also the one that is the most preventable. This episode features two separate interviews, one with Maura Matthews from Tenovus Cancer and Dr Rachel Abbott, a consultant dermatologist.

Links for further info:

Tenovus Cancer Care's Here Comes The Sun campaign- www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/your-healt…s-the-sun/

Cancer Research UK's 'Sun Smart' tips-


Cardiff and Vale Patient Stories- www.cardiffandvaleuhb.wales.nhs.uk/news/44816

macmillan- types of skin cancer www.macmillan.org.uk/information-an…cer-types.html







2:In this episode, we interview two development officers working with community members in Caerphilly. Ross Thomas and Ceri Smith tell us how investing time in local people has helped them to gain an insight into the challenges that some of their clients with mental health issues face on a daily basis.

More information for practitioners can be found by visiting:
Mind Cymru: www.mind.org.uk/about-us/mind-cymru/
Gofal: www.gofal.org.uk
Hafal (for supporting people in recovery): www.hafal.org
The information in the introduction of this podcast is sourced from Public Health Wales' public-facing pages: www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/69971

Note- since this interview was conducted, funding for the Communities First programme which employed Ross and Ceri has been discontinued. If you are a practitioner looking for examples of mental health projects, you can visit our Shared Practice Directory.

Podcast episode produced by Helen Green and Sorin Annuar

1: In this episode, we visit the British Heart Foundation offices in Cardiff to ask what public health practitioners should know about heart health.

Public Health Wales collates data on the levels of coronary heart disease in the Welsh population: Health Needs Assessment 2006: Health Status and Key Determinants. Such data allows significant trends and any particular groups of the population affected to be identified. Rates of heart disease are significantly higher in the more deprived areas of Wales, meaning that addressing heart disease can help to reduce health inequalities.

You can find more information about the work of the British Heart Foundation at https://www.bhf.org.uk

The information in the introduction of the podcast has been sourced from http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/43825

Podcast episode produced by Helen Green and Sorin Annuar 


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers, and do not necessarily represent those of Public Health Network Cymru, the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research, Public Health Wales or the National Health Service.


This podcast was produced in cooperation with Helen Green and the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research.



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