Advocacy West Wales

Advocacy West Wales is an external service available to you for any mental health support you may need, for example they can attend a GP appointment with you if you are worried and your appointment is about your mental health. They can also accompany you to bigger meetings such as a "fitness to attend" meeting in the University. They can help you with paperwork and letter writing if you need support with this. You can contact the service over the phone to ask if you are eligible for the service and you can also self-refer to the service by emailing the referral form (DOC) to If you are unsure if you are eligible or want/need some quick advice you can call the service 01970 229116.

The advocate's role is to help you to:

  • Be able to take part as fully as possible in any discussion in which decisions are being made with/about you
  • Express your views, wishes, feelings and beliefs
  • Have all of your relevant circumstances taken into consideration

NHS Patient Watchdog Survey

Information from Hywel Dda Community Health Council:

My name is Gwen Clements, I am the Engagement Officer for Hywel Dda Community Health Council 'The patients watchdog' for all NHS services delivered in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire & Carmarthenshire. During the past 18 months we have been unable to engage with people as we would normally due to the pandemic. 

I would be very grateful if you could share our anonymous survey links with your students as we are keen to hear their experiences of accessing all NHS services from Dentist, GP, Pharmacist, Mental Health Services Sexual Health clinic or Hospital appointments. 

The data we collect is shared with Senior Health Managers to help shape and improve services locally.

NHS patient watchdog survey