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We live in unprecedented times and Covid – 19 is affecting lives locally, nationally, and globally. The Bevan Commission will use the expertise it has available through its Bevan Commissioners, Bevan Advocates, Bevan Exemplars and Bevan Fellows, to best effect for people in Wales and wider afield. We will continue to observe, analyse, interpret and comment on the situation with a view to securing a better way forward and a vision fit for the future. As part of this we will produce a series of Opinion Pieces addressing a range of relevant Covid-19 issues as well as capturing the experiences of people, new learning and other opportunities as they evolve.

You can now read the Bevan Commission's Covid-19 plan. This is part of our ongoing discussion and provides a basis from which our work will evolve in order to support and respond to the changing situation.

For updates on Bevan Commission activity and opportunities during this time, please sign up to our mailing list or get in touch at Bevan-Commission@swansea.ac.uk 

We advise that you follow official advice at this time. Please find further information on the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales websites.


Covid-19: A Message from the Bevan Commission Director

Helen Howson sets out how the Bevan Commission is responding to Covid-19

(Bevan Commission website, 22nd April 2020)

Coronavirus: Doctors urge 'difficult conversations' about death.

Bevan Commissioner Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff talks to the BBC following the issue of new palliative care guidance.

(BBC News, 29 March 2020)



The Bevan Commission hosted an online seminar with the Society of Occupational Medicine on Wednesday 13th May 2020.  The seminar was a pre-launch of a new toolkit to promote best practice in return to work post Covid-19 lockdown. 

Click here for more information. 

The Bevan Commission is partnering with organisations accross Wales to run an online COVID19 Health Hack. The hack is all about connecting people with challenges to people with solutions alongside access to funding and support opportunities. 

The process will take place from 13th - 20th May 2020.

Find out more information here.



Bevan Commissioner Sir Paul Williams asks "Does the Coronavirus pandemic provide an opportunity to transform health and care services in Wales?".

Read Sir Paul’s article here.


Professor Trevor M Jones CBE, Bevan Commissioner, discusses the challenges surrounding the development of vaccines against Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Read his piece here.


Roy Noble, Bevan Commissioner, offers his insight into Covid-19 isolation in the Welsh valleys, finding positive reflections amidst the challenges.

Read it here


Bevan Advocate Bevan Advocate Barbara Chidgey makes a passionate call for patients to be engaged in the planning of Coronavirus measures in Wales, suggesting the Bevan Advocate network as a mechanism to provide input and ideas during these challenging times. 


Bevan Commissioner Nygaire Bevan reflects on what can be learnt from Covid 19 for society, services and citizens. Read her opinion piece here. 


Bevan Commissioner Fran Targett OBE takes a closer look at how the economic and social impact of Covid-19 is not evenly distributed. Read it here.


Professor Bim Bhowmick, Bevan Commissioner, examines the opportunity to transform the care sector and examines what Covid19 crisis means for care home residents. Read it here.


What will the lasting legacy of Covid-19 be? Bevan Commission Vice Chair Chris Martin reflects on how the pandemic has affected a range of organisations from the voluntary sector to education. Read his piece here.


Your Experience

The Bevan Commission is using its valuable network of Bevan Exemplars, Bevan Advocates, Bevan Fellows and more to capture experiences throughout Covid-19. Find out more.


Bevan Commissioner and palliative care expert Baroness Ilora Finlay has produced a guide to help people who are caring for relatives who are dying at home from Covid 19.

This was produced with input from Bevan Advocate Lesley Bethell, Chair of Compassionate Cymru and public member of the End of Life Care Board.

Bevan Commissioner Lt General Louis Lillywhite CB has co-authored two papers on the links between travel restrictions and controlling outbreaks. 
The two articles are available to view online:


Bevan Advocate Nia Campbell explains the importance of communicating with care, kindness & empathy to help people feel connected, supported & safe. 




Barbara Chidgey, a Bevan Advocate, blogs about how to live well with solitude.

Barbara is regularly sharing positive suggestions and practical tips to help people through Covid-19 isolation. 



Dr Rowena Christmas a Bevan Exemplar and a GP at The Wye Valley Practice in Trellech.

In this blog, Rowena shares her account of the Covid-19 situation as it develops, from a professional and personal perspective.

Read Rowena's blog here.



Dr Tom Downs is Foundation Year 1 Doctor working on general surgery in Ysbyty Gwynedd in North Wales. 

Tom is a Bevan Exemplar, blogging about his experiences on the NHS Wales frontline.

Read Tom's blog here.

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