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Bevan Commission Exemplar from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board wins All Wales Prudent Healthcare award

28th Nov 2017

Bevan Commission Exemplar from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board wins All Wales Prudent Healthcare award


A Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board palliative care programme has been named as winner of All Wales health award in London today (November 28, 2017).

The joint award developed by pharmaceutical company AbbVie and The Bevan Commission is called the Prudent Healthcare Award and recognises those who have made an exceptional contribution to the lives of patients and contributed toward a more sustainable health service

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Palliative and End of Life Care Education Programme in North Wales was recognised for its outstanding achievement.

The award was won by Theresa Richards, a Macmillan Lead End of Life Care Plan Facilitator and Bevan Commission Exemplar working for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The project has changed the way end of life care is provided by providing training,  guidance, and follow up support to care home staff. This Prudent approach means that residents participate in making choices about care and stay in their preferred place of choice at the end of life. They have set up a palliative and End of Life Education programme in local Care Homes.

As the winner, the Betsi Cadwaladr team will receive a bursary of up to £3,000 to spend on research to grow their own experience and share best practice that will benefit patients and/or the NHS.

The award was announced at a national healthcare conference at the King’s Fund in London, focusing on how proven innovation can be spread across the NHS more quickly.

Helen Howson, Director of the Bevan Commission, said: “I am really delighted that Theresa’s work as a Bevan Exemplar has been recognised in these prestigious national awards.

“Theresa has demonstrated great leadership and innovation in her approach to end of life care in which she has made a real difference to the quality of life of those at the end stages of life and to their loved ones. We would now wish to see this pioneering approach adopted across the rest of Wales.”

The Prudent Healthcare Award was created by the Bevan Commission and AbbVie following a major conference in Cardiff in 2016 to respond to Welsh Government’s calls for efforts improve effectiveness of NHS across the nation. The award recognises, celebrates and raises awareness of good examples of improvements that demonstrate clear benefit to the lives of patients and make our health services more sustainable.

Jerome Bouyer, UK General Manager, AbbVie commented: “AbbVie’s Sustainable Healthcare Initiative develops ways to better healthcare outcomes and experience people living with long-term conditions while also making best use of limited resources.

“We found real common cause with Bevan Commission whose Prudent Healthcare programme follows same line of thinking so we are delighted to co-sponsor this award. Whatever we at AbbVie can do to identify and support those who are providing great public services that also deliver overall savings for the taxpayer is, we hope, a useful contribution.”

The full shortlisted finalists were:

  • WINNER: Palliative and End of Life Care Education Programme in North Wales - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • FINALIST: Online Condition Management Programme for People with Long Term Conditions - Powys Teaching Health Board
  • FINALIST: STANCE: Diabetes Foot Health Engagement and Empowerment to Self-CareCardiff & Vale UHB

The concept of Prudent Healthcare was developed and championed by the Bevan Commission and is now a cornerstone of Welsh Government health policy. Prudent Healthcare is healthcare which fits the needs and circumstances of patients and avoids wasteful care.

The NHS in Wales is facing the twin challenges of rising costs and increasing demand, while continuing to improve the quality of care.

The NHS in Wales is taking on the principles of Prudent Healthcare as it responds to these challenges.  Prudent Healthcare puts NHS Wales at the front of a growing international effort to get greater value from healthcare systems for patients.  

The four Prudent Healthcare principles are:

  • 1. Achieving health & wellbeing with everyone as equal partners through co-production
  • 2. Caring for those with greatest health needs first, making best use of all skills & resources
  • 3. Doing only what is needed, no more, no less & do no harm
  • 4. Reduce inappropriate variation using evidence-based practices consistently

For further information:

Emma Bryant

Communications Manager




Tel: 01792 604629

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