We hope that you had a very good Christmas, and we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and to thank you for all your support over the last year.
We began December by sharing Paul’s Story at Swansea University with students on the Physician Associates course. As this was the first time we had spoken with students on this course, we spoke with both their first- and second-year students, so it was great to have a room full! Going forward we are delighted to have been asked to speak annually with students on this course. During the talk we spoke about the mandatory Paul Ridd Learning Disability Awareness Training and we were thrilled when every student in the room acknowledged that they had completed it. This is now mandatory for them to complete before their first hospital placement. Great news indeed!
In January it will be 15 years since Paul’s death, and so in December we had some discussions about how we should commemorate this. A lot has changed for the better within the health service in Wales, since his avoidable death, but sadly there is still so much work to do. We shall let you know our plans for marking this date.
We have also been in discussions with Improvement Cymru about carrying out some work together regarding the uptake of the mandatory Paul Ridd Learning Disability Awareness Training. Tiers 2 and 3 are currently under development, and Tier 1 is being adapted for social care, which is really good news. We are regularly contacted by companies and individuals working in social care who want to be able to complete the training, so we look forward to being able to share this with them!
Once again, we wish you all the very best for 2024.