Health & Equalities group.

The Health & Equalities group discuss topics ranging from local health care to equal access for all. All welcome.


The primary focus of this long standing group within the forum is the health and well-being of 50+ people in the Vale. It informs members of the current state of health and adult social care services in the Vale and new developments. A wide range of experts give presentations to our bi-monthly meetings and members have the opportunity to raise issues they have encountered in using health and social care services. We respond to Welsh Government consultations and present Forum views in public engagement events organised by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Vale Council. Our members have strong links with third sector organisations and the Older Peoples Commissioner. Issues we have contributed to in recent years include: falls prevention; screening services (e.g. bowel screening); access to surgical treatments; prevention and public health services; mental health services; dementia care services; Parliamentary review of Health and Social Care; consultations on a major trauma network and thoracic surgery. New members are always welcome and we value their experience and insights about the effectiveness and quality of services, both positive and negative.



The Health Group meets every two months at the Civic Offices in Barry. Meetings are open to all.

Crisis Sanctuary Focus Group – Zoom Invitation

Please find attached an invitation to a focus group being held on zoom from 11 til 12 on the 31st August You will see that the Cardiff and Vale Crisis Care Concordat Group are developing a local Crisis Sanctuary for people in mental health crisis and would like your views. What do we need? What would make a difference? Please feel free to ask any questions about the event beforehand and to share this invitation with anyone whom you think might be interested Helen Joy Carer & Service User Involvement Officer in Older People’s Mental Health Nexus 029 20 222000 […]

CHC Veterans & Service Leavers Question time event

The South Glamorgan & Cwm Taf Morgannwg Community Health Councils are planning to hold a Veterans and Service Leavers Question-time event to allow Veterans & Service Leavers the opportunity to voice their views and experiences of accessing healthcare services to a key stakeholder panel of Local Authority, NHS Representatives and Third Sector Organisations.   The event will be held on Friday 9th September 2022, 15:00hrs to 18:00hrs, Sophia Gardens Cricket Club, Sophia Walk, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9XR   Tea & coffee and light refreshments will be provided.   Please note, this event is being held for Veterans and service leavers. […]

Lose a STONE in three months by eating all your meals between 7am and 3pm, says study

You can lose up to a stone in three months by eating all your meals between 7am and 3pm, a study suggests. Obese adults who ate within an eight-hour window lost 14lbs (6.3kg) in 14 weeks, on average, compared to 9lbs (4kg) in a control group who ate when they wanted.  Both cohorts were given expert advice on how to follow a diet and what foods to eat, and put on the same exercise regime. It suggests limiting the amount of time we spend eating limits the amount of calories we consume by default, according to the researchers. Fasted people […]

Half of patients with cancer symptoms put off seeing GP for half a year

Half of adults in the UK who have a possible cancer symptom do not contact their GP within six months of spotting a change to their body, a poll has revealed. And 45 per cent of people who experience a ‘red flag’ cancer symptom, including coughing up blood, unexplained weight loss and a new or unusual lump, did not contact their GP within half a year, according to a YouGov survey for Cancer Research UK. Being diagnosed early can help people survive cancer but the chances of this happening reduce significantly if people don’t tell their doctor about unusual changes […]

FDA sends warning to Amazon for selling unapproved mole and skin treatments 

FDA sends warning to Amazon after regulators discover the retail-giant was illegally selling unapproved mole and skin treatments The FDA has warned Amazon and two other online retailers against selling unapproved skin care products  There are no approved over-the-counter medications that can remove a mole or other skin lesions, the FDA says It warns that some of these products could cause more harm to a person’s skin than a mole itself The products being sold on Amazon were not named in the FDA notice, but the retail giant says that they have since been removed  By Mansur Shaheen U.S. Deputy […]

Eating when you are hungry is the best way to LOSE weight, survey suggests…

Eating when you are hungry is the best way to LOSE weight, survey suggests… and it’s better for your psychological health too Scientists say ‘eating intuitively’ is better for psychological and physical health  6,000 young adults from eight countries responded to a survey of eating habits Those who followed body’s hunger ‘signals’ were less likely to overeat, it found  By Xantha Leatham Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail Published: 22:01 BST, 10 August 2022 | Updated: 22:05 BST, 10 August 2022 We’re often told to ignore our hunger pangs or risk piling on the pounds…  But it’s actually better to […]

Blood test taken within 24 hours of head injury can predict whether a person will die

Blood test taken within 24 hours of head injury can predict whether a person will die or suffer severe disability – and help doctor make life-saving treatment decisions A simple blood test using a sample gathered within 24 hours of a traumatic brain injury can determine a patient’s likelihood of survival, a new study finds Researchers found that levels of GFAP and UCH-L1 in a person’s blood correlated with the how severe the injury was Learning early that a person has a very significant head injury can help trauma doctors act faster to get them life-saving treatment The CDC reports […]

Levels of the ‘stress hormone’ are key indicators as to whether a person will suffer long-Covid

Levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol are key indicators as to whether a person will suffer long-Covid, study finds A Yale research team found that people who suffered from ‘long Covid’ had lower levels of cortisol in their blood Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal gland, activating the brain’s alerts The CDC estimates that around 8% of American adults are suffering from some form of long Covid  By Mansur Shaheen U.S. Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.Com Published: 23:02 BST, 12 August 2022 | Updated: 23:03 BST, 12 August 2022 The ‘stress hormone’ cortisol could be at the […]

Maternal deaths increased a staggering 68% during the COVID-19 pandemic

Another deadly toll of the pandemic: Maternal deaths increased by 68 PERCENT during COVID-19 because pregnant women avoided prenatal care, study finds The number of women that died during or as a result of childbirth surged during the first 14 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds Deaths per 100,000 deaths increased 68% from 5.17 to 8.69 from right before the pandemic to its first year Researchers blame disruptions to health care caused by lockdowns and fear of the virus for the surge Lockdowns led to an increase in many poor health outcomes, like the surge of drug […]

CDC deploys team to investigate NY polio outbreak:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has deployed a team to investigate a polio case in Rockland County, New York, as local officials fear that there could be thousands of undiagnosed cases in the state. The breadth of the CDC’s investigation, how long they will be present or if their findings will ever be made public are not known. Officials present also plan to help distribute shots of the polio vaccine to the Rockland community – which has an extremely low jab rate of only 60 percent. New York state officials announced the detection of the nation’s first […]