Women’s Health Plan for Wales Launched by Third Sector Coalition

A report published by a coalition of charities and health organisations, on International Day of Action for Women’s Health, says women in Wales have poorer health outcomes than men and urgent action is needed to ensure they receive equal care and treatment.  Leading the Women’s Health Wales coalition of over sixty charities, UK-wide umbrella organisations, Royal Colleges and patient representatives, British Heart Foundation BHF Cymru and Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales (FTWW) have today [Saturday 28th May 2022] published a Quality Statement which calls on Welsh Government to improve healthcare for women, girls and those assigned female at…

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presenter Alex, who has long dark straight hair and is wearing a pink jumper, speaks to Endometriosis specialist Richard Penketh, who is wearing green clinical scrubs. He is showing her endometriosis tissue on a laptop screen

ITV Wales This Week: Living In Pain – documentary shines spotlight on Endometriosis crisis in Wales

                      A number of FTWW volunteers and supporters featured in Alexandra Hartley’s documentary for ITV Wales This Week: Living In Pain, which covered the issues facing endometriosis patients in Wales – including a lack of specialists and access to them, long waiting times for surgery, and the average diagnosis time of nine years – the longest in all of the home nations.  Dee, FTWW’s Engagement Officer, was interviewed for the programme and had this to say, ‘We need urgent intervention from Welsh Government…If you put ten of your female friends or…

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Behind the Health Statistic

Adenomyosis Awareness Month: Behind the Health Statistic

FTWW Volunteer, Lara, hosts the Women’s Health Series of Cardiff University’s ‘Behind the Health Statistic’, and the second episode focuses on Adenomyosis – timely as April is Adenomyosis Awareness Month! Our Engagement Officer, Dee, shares her experiences of the condition, which occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. We’re sharing a link to Spotify, but you can find the episode – and the series – on all major podcast platforms.

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Endometriosis Nurses stand with the Health Minister and Chief Nursing Officer inside the Senedd

FTWW’s Volunteers Help to Deliver Training to Wales’s Endometriosis Nurses

  Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March proved to be incredibly exciting for FTWW, with 18 of our volunteers participating in a 2-day training event for Wales’s new endometriosis nurses.  Funded by the Welsh Government and recently appointed by every health board, the nurses will support patients with suspected and confirmed endometriosis as they navigate care between primary (GP) and secondary (gynaecologist) care. For many patients, this will involve pain management, pelvic physiotherapy, and waiting for what can be a long time to access surgery. Our volunteers were pleased to share their experiences as well as give the nurses the opportunity…

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A screengrab from the online meeting of FTWW, BHF and the Senedd's Health and Social Care Committee

FTWW Gives Evidence on Women’s Health to Senedd

  Thursday March 10th saw representatives of both FTWW and British Heart Foundation Cymru called upon by the Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee to give evidence in support of a women’s health plan for Wales.  FTWW and BHF Cymru have been co-facilitating a third sector coalition, made up of a number of Royal Colleges, specialist charities, and patients, in developing a vision for women and girls’ health in Wales which has a holistic, life-course approach and encompasses a range of physical and mental health issues, all which have a particular impact on women. On behalf of that Coalition, our two…

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A photo of the Senedd Cymru Welsh Parliament Building in Cardiff Bay

EVENT: Endometriosis Care in Wales – Where Are We Now?

Endometriosis UK and Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales Endometriosis Action Month Welsh Senedd virtual panel debate REGISTER HERE Endometriosis UK and Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales invite you to join us hear our Endometriosis Action Month virtual panel debate “Endometriosis Care in Wales – Where are we now?” at 5pm on Thursday 24 March. Speakers include: Jenny Rathbone MS, Chair of the Cross Party Group on Women’s Health Rebecca Taylor, Policy Manager, Endometriosis UK Debbie Shaffer, Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales Jenny Shaw, Endometriosis Clinical Nurse Specialist, Swansea Bay University Health Board Beth Hales,…

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Beth Hales, FTWW Volunteer, presents the petition to Jenny Rathbone and a number of MSes.

Petition to Improve Endometriosis Healthcare in Wales Delivered to The Senedd

Calls for urgent action on waiting lists, more specialist staff and an end to the postcode lottery impacting endometriosis patients across Wales. Support from Sian Harries, Amelia Womack, Jenny Rathbone MS, and patient-led women’s health charity Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales. A petition calling for Welsh Government to Improve Endometriosis Healthcare in Wales was handed in to Jenny Rathbone MS, Chair of the Women’s Health Cross Party Group, at the Senedd today (Wednesday 2nd February 2022). The charity Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales (FTWW) is warning that care for Welsh patients is in crisis and needs…

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FTWW Publishes Annual Impact Report

FTWW is delighted to bring to you the charity’s Annual Impact Report for the financial year 2020 – 2021. The report covers all the ways in which FTWW has strived towards giving a voice to disabled women, girls and those assigned female at birth and those living with chronic / recurrent health conditions. It provides details of activities, campaigns, media coverage, volunteers’ contributions, resources created and distributed, as well as the year’s financial statements.   You can find the report in English and in Welsh, here. 

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White text reads ‘Ein Strategaeth’ and ‘Our Strategy’ on a green overlay. The background image is the timber structure inside the Senedd building.

Women’s Health Included in Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee Priorities

Exciting news has emerged from the Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee. On 15th December, the Health and Social Care Committee published its priorities for the next 5 years – and Women’s Health is amongst them. Our supporters will know that this is something on which FTWW has campaigned long and hard, so we’re incredibly pleased to see that ‘listening to lived experience’ will be fundamental to how the Committee will work.  The Committee’s Strategy document lists the following as key to improving outcomes for patients in Wales: widening understanding of unconscious bias access to services for long-term chronic conditions…

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The Welsh Government logo – a white dragon illustration on a red background, with white text underneath reading ‘Llywodraeth Cymru Welsh Government’.

Welsh Government Job Opportunities to Support the Disability Equality Task Force

The Welsh Government is seeking to recruit 3 managers for the interface between the Disability Taskforce, Welsh Government policy and statistical / data analysis teams, disability organisations, the Disability Equality Forum and other interested groups. They will work closely with the Chairs of the Taskforce and Taskforce members. The roles will also support the Taskforce by managing the work of the Taskforce and any sub-groups. The Disability Taskforce was set up in response to the Locked Out Report, which highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Disabled people.  You can find out more by downloading the adverts below.  SEO-…

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