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Innovation in the NHS takes time - but it’s worth the wait

23rd Jan 2019 |

The latest academic evaluation of healthcare innovation projects in Wales has found a shift towards ambitious, long-term ideas rather than immediate improvements. Professor Nick Rich of Swansea University School of Management explains how this kind of ‘big picture thinking’ could help to make the NHS fit for the future.

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Digital companions – a new kind of volunteering

14th Dec 2018 |

This month, Digital Communities Wales is launching its new volunteering initiative and Bevan Exemplar project – Digital Companions. Marc Davies, Project Manager for DCW, explains how the initiative works.

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Delivering workload transformation in primary care

3rd Dec 2018 |

Making radical changes in the way we plan and deliver services at all levels of the NHS is vital if it is to remain sustainable. Alison Powell, Wales Development Lead for Workflow by Practice Unbound, discusses how their social enterprise is seeking to revolutionise the way that GP practices administer clinical correspondence..

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Our GP safeguarding peer support network is helping vulnerable families

28th Nov 2018 |

Dr Rowena Christmas describes how an informal peer-to-peer network of GPs in Wales could provide a template for increasing confidence and awareness of safeguarding issues.

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Releasing innovation from the constraints of improvement

27th Nov 2018 |

Quality improvement as a management approach has gained widespread currency within the NHS. But does it go far enough? Helen Howson argues that we need to be more ambitious and look beyond iterative gains to make a more transformational change to benefit the lives of patients, staff and communities.

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Lost voices: saving patient solutions

15th Nov 2018 |

Most agree that it is vitally important to find patient-led solutions for NHS problems. But how many sources of patient feedback are routinely overlooked or discarded? We hear from Jules Horton on how she worked to salvage 1,400 patient responses.

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