What is TREAT?

Written by on 6th May 2009. Posted in Information / About

Working in partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, TREAT Trust Wales is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation for the improvement of health, well-being and social inclusion of the communities of South West Wales. TREAT is dedicated to providing a purpose-built, ecologically friendly, world-class centre of excellence on land adjacent to the exciting redevelopment of Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.

With accessible, modern equipment in a friendly, interactive gymnasium and with a heated, ramped-access swimming-pool, together with alternative therapies including Music & Arts therapy, TREAT will provide a welcoming atmosphere with supportive and professional staff on hand to guide, counsel and encourage the development of personal health and well-being, both physical and mental, in all its aspects,. It is for those with disability, it is for those with illness and infirmity, it is for those fortunate to be without; it is for adults, it is for the elderly, it is for children. Life is not just for enduring, life is for living and TREAT Trust Wales exists to make it an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

The TREAT facility can be an umbrella for other organisations to use – charities working with heart disease, strokes, cancer, diabetes – the list is endless.

In supporting us, you will be supporting others. Thank you.

Major Fundraising kicks off!

Written by on 6th May 2009. Posted in News

Major Fundraising kicks off!

Fashion Show at the Brangwyn Hall
Major fund-raising will now begin in earnest and preliminary arrangements have been made for a fashion show, again in the Brangwyn Hall, in the autumn.

‘Never Say Die’

Written by on 6th May 2009. Posted in News

Melanie Davies, Treat Trust Wales’s Founder and Secretary, has written (with Lynne Barrett-Lee) her autobiography. Entitled “Never Say Die”, all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to TREAT Trust Wales.


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Melanie Davies, Treat Trust Wales’s Founder and Secretary, has written (with Lynne Barrett-Lee) her autobiography. Entitled “Never Say Die”, it is to be published by Harper Collins in their Harper True imprint on November 26th 2009.

All of Melanie’s share of the proceeds from sale of the book will be donated to TREAT Trust Wales.

The book is available from Amazon and all good booksellers.

Preferred Site

Written by on 6th May 2009. Posted in News

Best location for TREAT Trust Wales Centre has been identified.

At a meeting at Morriston Hospital on 15th January 2009, three possible areas of land were reviewed and TREAT Trust Wales’s preferred site identified.

ABM Agreement

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ABM’s offer of land at peppercorn rent

At the October 2008 board meeting of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust it was resolved to offer an area of land on the redeveloping Morriston Hospital site at a peppercorn rent to TREAT Trust Wales. The charity is responsible for the building and running costs of the facility.


Written by on 6th May 2009. Posted in Information / About

The Trust aims to assist those with disability, whether permanent or temporary following accident or illness, in improving their quality of life, general fitness and sense of well-being and self-esteem by means of opportunities for physical, mental and social rehabilitation in an environment providing healthy lifestyle opportunities and advice both to them and to the general public.

We intend the facility to stand apart from traditional hospital physiotherapy units, encouraging a less ‘hospital-orientated’ atmosphere to late-stage rehabilitation but also differing from conventional health and fitness clubs, occupying a middle ground and taking the best features from both.

All parts of the building and all activities must be accessible without the need for ‘special provision’ for those with physical disability. We further consider it essential that the facility will also be open to the general public and be available to all in order to mix and integrate the user-groups.

The project conforms closely to the type of initiative initially encouraged by the Welsh Assembly Government and highlighted by their Chief Medical Officer in “Improving Health in Wales” and subsequently a cornerstone of the recommendations of the Wanless Reports.

The Trust is a registered company limited by guarantee (no. 04328884) and a registered charity (no. 1090939)

Stage I of a Feasibility Study confirms the Trustees’ impression that there is both a need and an opportunity to proceed with the project.

Stage II looks at option appraisals and a business case. It is anticipated that a broad range of interested organizations, including those responsible for health care, local government and the voluntary sector, would seek partnership in its operation.

The firm initial intention is for a world-class facility serving the local population of the South West Wales with potential to offer wider opportunities for both the disabled and the able-bodied to beyond the immediate region and the development of research and teaching opportunities with the clinical medical school in Swansea.

Vision and Evidence

Written by on 5th May 2009. Posted in Information / About

1 Introduction

The Welsh Assembly Government's strategic agenda, spelt out in Wales: A Better Country, emphasises the need to help people to live healthy and independent lives and to cut inequalities. The Wanless Report (Review of Health and Social Care) emphasises a major shift in the delivery of health care towards earlier intervention and support for people to take more responsibility for their own health and well-being. Local Action Plans, developed by Local Health Boards, in the light of the recommendations of this report, have confirmed the commitment to action and identified the importance of strengthening chronic disease management. The plan for the NHS in Wales, launched early in 2001, set out a vision to meet the needs of patients, professionals and the public, built on meeting people's needs by partnership between the public, private and voluntary sectors. It is concerned with remodelling and redesigning services, to reduce the unsustainable burden on the acute hospital sector, by providing services that support people's health and independence in their communities. The plan is also concerned with achieving real engagement of communities in decisions about services and how their health needs should be met. The TREAT Trust Wales charity has been set up in order to establish facilities in the South West Wales area specifically to meet the needs of those who need support in the community to improve their health and well being.

2 Concept

The TREAT concept can be summarised as follows:

  • A facility that is funded and run by the voluntary sector but which receives both notional support from the local health, social care and private sector organisations, and financial contributions where appropriate.
  • A structure that is located as close as possible to Morriston Hospital and that is open to all who wish to use it but which is designed to provide the best possible ambience and facilities for those with disabilities.
  • A facility that will work with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board to extend the conventional rehabilitation of those who have been treated at its Hospitals for a wide variety of conditions from whatever specialty. Impairment of health or function through any disease, disorder or injury is embraced in our concept of disability. Thus, for example, it includes paralysis following spinal injury or neurological disease, amputation, visual or hearing handicap, learning difficulties, and any chronic debilitating disorder.
  • A service that will also be available to those who do not live in the area, hopefully attracting attendance from a wide geographical catchment and supported by other Health Boards.
  • A facility that will also be designed, equipped and staffed to encourage greater self-management of chronic debilitating disorders such as diabetes, chronic obstructive airways disease, ischaemic heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity etc, etc. The aim will be to encourage a shift from institutional care to greater self-management in the community, across the broadest spectrum of conditions.
  • Resources that are available and attractive also to the fully fit and able, who would be welcome to integrate fully into activities.

3 Evidence

The TREAT concept is fundamentally to enhance greater individual autonomy, self-management, fitness and esteem.

There is a growing body of evidence that targeted education, appropriate support and rapid access to specialist care will enable individuals with a wide variety of chronic diseases to look after themselves at home and in the community, with less demand on both primary and secondary care facilities. The evidence now applies to heart disease, stroke, chronic low back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Specific rehabilitation and support programmes will also speed post-operative recovery and limit socially distressing conditions such as urinary incontinence in both men and women. It will also help patients with intermittent claudication.

Exercise has been shown to enhance self-empowerment in lung cancer. For orthopaedic disorders there is evidence that exercise will prevent disability, retard deterioration and speed rehabilitation for a wide variety of disorders, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, age-related musculo-skeletal injuries and degenerative disorders, including hip fracture, and osteoporosis.

There is also evidence that exercise has generic benefits in reducing mortality in the elderly, and those with chronic disease.It also has beneficial effects in preventing obesity in adolescence, improving mood states,and has a wide variety of other benefits in the elderly.

4 Facilities

The TREAT Trustees intend to build and run a facility, close to Morriston Hospital, that will provide opportunities for education, exercise, support and therapy to individuals with a wide range of disabilities. It would also be open to those who are fully fit but who wish to preserve their physical and mental health, and would be available for all who could reach it. The location close to the M4 will aid access.

The facilities will include:

  • Exercise and rehabilitation (swimming pool, gym)
  • Arts therapy (The Wales College of Dance and Drama have indicated their wish to provide this)
  • Education (Trinity College Carmarthen run a degree course on Exercise and Health and would wish to second students to help and learn through contributions to education)
  • Specialist support.
  • A range of physical therapies would be provided, including:

    • conventional physiotherapy
    • continence advice
    • occupational therapy
    • podiatry
    • aromatherapy
    • reflexology

We believe that many individuals who would benefit from exercise and other physical therapies are inhibited from doing so in conventional facilities for the fully fit when their health, fitness, body image, emotional or mental state is already compromised. This view is supported by the success and benefits of facilities that have been established to cater specifically for the needs of those with a disability. Examples include The ASPIRE National Training Centre in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore, the Burrage Centre at the James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth, and the Share Centre at Lisnaskea in Northern Ireland. The benefits and requirements of facilities for people with disabilities have been described in detail in a presentation to the RIBA Sports Forum in 2003.

5 Conclusion

The Treat concept will help the people of South West Wales achieve greater fitness. It is in tune with national strategies and the evidence suggests it will lessen demand on conventional services. It is likely that the facilities provided will be attractive to individuals from beyond South West Wales. The Trustees are now seeking support from the NHS in Wales in order that they can embark on a concerted programme of fund-raising to turn their vision into reality.

A History of TREAT Trust Wales

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A History of TREAT Trust Wales
by Mike Davies, husband of Melanie, its Founder

Why is TREAT Trust Wales (Treatment, Rehabilitation, Exercise And Therapy) so dear to our hearts? First and foremost, it is Mel’s brain-child. In 1996, some sixteen years after having been paralysed in a motor cycle accident, she was persuaded to become a trustee of the Wales Sports Centre for the Disabled, and forged a link allowing patients from Rookwood Hospital to be brought there to use the modern equipment in a socially inclusive milieu, a scheme which continues to this day. But what was there for those who left the hospital and especially those returning to south-west Wales? There is nothing remotely comparable.

Just as Mel was formulating her concept for a similar facility in her home region, along came the diagnosis of breast cancer and her experience of surgery and the post-operative regime. Transforming her vision, this broadened her strategy to include not only those with disability but anyone with an array of life-changing conditions, all of whom might benefit from physical and social re-inclusion in society. Based on a centre for health and well-being, the trust’s facility would seek to offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere not only for sufferers themselves but for family and friends to participate together.

As an orthopaedic surgeon, I had appreciated just how much something of this nature might help my patients after their formal hospital treatments had ended and I welcomed the concept at its inception in 2001. At this time, however, I was intent on enjoying impending retirement with my wife, Karin, who had selflessly nurtured our family and my career for thirty-five years and I declined to become a trustee. My time was Karin’s. Fourteen weeks before my final day at work, and while I was abroad, all this was shattered when she suffered a stroke and within days she was dead. I mused on what might have been. Could she have lived to make a recovery from the dense left-sided paralysis? Realistically, extremely unlikely. How would she have coped? Would she have coped? What could we have done to have aided with maximising any recovery? The stark reality is that she would have been severely disabled and there were no inspirational facilities available to have helped. In short, no TREAT. I needed to join TREAT Trust Wales – others would need it, even though Karin had never had the opportunity.

TREAT Trust Aim

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Our aim is to enable people with or without incapacity to achieve their maximum physical, psychological and social potential by:

  • Working to extend rehabilitation beyond available statutory and voluntary services.
  • Encouraging participation in exercise and leisure activities in a purpose-built facility allowing people of all abilities to participate together.
  • Promoting healthy and independent lifestyles.
  • Attending to the needs of carers.
  • Acting as a resource for training and education.
  • Providing an holistic approach to achieving a sense of fitness and well-being, including Music and Arts Therapy.

New Offices!

Written by on 3rd March 2009. Posted in News

The TREAT Trust Wales are to be provided with an office at Morriston hospital.

After a meeting with ABM held today, arrangements were made to provide TREAT Trust Wales with an office at Morriston Hospital, enabling the charity to re-register its official addresses with the Charities’ Commission and Companies’ House.

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