What a) number and b) overall percentage of i) children and ii) adults with cystic fibrosis saw a 1) clinical psychologist and 2) social worker within the past 12 months, for every year since 2015?
Information on the number of people with cystic fibrosis who saw a clinical psychologist and social worker is not collected centrally in Welsh Government.
The Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) is responsible for commissioning cystic fibrosis (CF) care in Wales, with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board providing a service for patients in Mid and South Wales. Cystic fibrosis patients in North Wales access services in England.
Information from WHSSC for the service provided by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board states:
- Between 2015-19, approximately 95% of patients will have seen a clinical psychologist and social worker as part of their annual review.
- 267 adult patients had an annual assessment in 2021, of those, 43% had a psychology review at the same time and 95% also had a social work review. There is no data on the number of patients who declined psychological support.
- For children there was no psychologist service for 11 months, owing to the time required to advertise and appoint, so only 9% (16) of all paediatric cystic fibrosis patients had a psychology review at annual assessment in 2021.
Cystic Fibrosis services provided by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have worked hard to maintain access to services over the last two years. During the pandemic a proportion of patients did not attend their annual assessment as they were continuing to shield. However, all patients were regularly contacted by the social worker and clinical psychologists throughout the shielding periods via telephone calls and emailing. They also ran regular virtual services sessions for patients.
There have been some staff changes within the service and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is actively recruiting into the current vacancy and intends to appoint someone shortly.