College lecturer contributing to community healthcare in Neath Port Talbot

Beth Griffiths, lecturer at the College of Human and Health Sciences is part of the Acute Clinical Team (ACT) which provides rapid assessment and clinical intervention for patients in Neath Port Talbot.

The pioneering community healthcare team have been praised for helping patients receive treatment in their own homes rather than in hospital.

It means they can receive treatment such as intravenous antibiotics and fluids at home, reducing distress and upheaval for both the individuals and their loved ones.

This advanced practitioner-led service, part of the Community Resource Team based in Cimla, is making a life-changing difference, according to grateful families.

The service is having such an impact that Beth, along with ACT's clinical lead Anette Davies, have been chosen to make a presentation at this year's prestigious Royal College of Nursing centenary conference in London in November.

Earlier this year they delivered platform presentations at the British Geriatric Society/Royal College of Nursing Conference in Birmingham and the Chief Nursing Officer Conference in Cardiff.

Beth, who is also an advanced nurse practitioner, works with the team to help increase clinical skills and promote the service.

She said: "We don't want to stand still, we want this service to progress and to highlight areas of best practice so we welcome the opportunity to share the knowledge we have gained regarding the improvement of the care in our community.

"Previously when they were ill patients entered the hospital world, with the ACT our service enters their world."