Bronglais Hospital’s Medical Library has developed a new literary resource on rural health and social care, supported by Rural Health and Care Wales (RHCW), a new organisation that is leading the way in the field of rural health and well-being in Wales.
Rosalind Lai, Library & Knowledge Services Manager at Bronglais General Hospital, was commissioned by RHCW to undertake a thematic review of rural health and care literature in preparation for a number of research projects being conducted in this area. In concluding the work, it was identified that there was a lack of literary resources on this specialist area of health within the medical library and this has since been fortified with the support of RHCW, for the benefit of health and social care medical and nursing students in Mid Wales.
“Rural health and well-being issues are particularly relevant to Mid Wales and we hope that making available this reference material will support healthcare professionals in rural areas to develop their skills and knowledge,” said Anna Prytherch, Project Manager for RHCW. “We are currently undertaking a number of research projects on rural health and care in Mid Wales and will be highlighting specific issues that face people accessing health and social care support in remote and rural areas, as well as supporting the people who work in the sector.”
RHCW was set up by the Mid Wales Health Care Collaborative, with the vision to become a world-leading organisation in rural health and social care research, training, recruitment and best practice. It has three main aims –
i) to provide a focal point for the development and collation of high quality research pertinent to rural health and wellbeing;
ii) to improve the training, recruitment and retention of a professional workforce within rural communities;
iii) to be recognised as an exemplar in rural health and wellbeing on the international stage. For more information on RHCW, please visit www.ruralhealthandcare.wales.