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Bevan Commission Director calls for better engagement with people, patients and communities in TV interview

18th Oct 2018

Helen Howson, Director of the Bevan Commission, appeared on BBC Wales Live to discuss how a perceived disconnect between patients and Health Boards could be tackled

NHS Health Boards and Trusts in Wales need to put people at the centre of designing and planning services, said Bevan Commission Director Helen Howson in a televised interview with BBC Wales Live, which was broadcast on Wednesday 17 October.

Responding to criticism of Health Boards’ accountability to patients, Helen Howson said that it was vital for Health Boards and Trusts to adhere to the Bevan Commission concept of a prudent healthcare. By moving from a medical to a social model, people and patients will be involved as equal partners in care and will recognise their own responsibilities in maintaining their health and well-being.

When quizzed about how Health Boards and Trusts can make practical changes, Helen Howson discussed the Bevan Exemplars programme, which enables NHS staff at all levels (from porters to surgeons) to implement their own innovative ideas alongside their day-to-day work.

This episode of BBC Wales Live will be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer until Friday 16 November 2018.  

The Bevan Commission, hosted and supported by Swansea University, provides independent, authoritative advice on health and care to the Welsh Government and leaders in NHS Wales, the UK and beyond. It is translating thinking into action by supporting health and care professionals across NHS Wales, called Bevan Exemplars, to test out their own expert ideas. These Bevan Exemplar projects demonstrate a project completion success rate of over 70%, a 5:1 return on investment in economic benefits, and improved health outcomes, patient experiences and service delivery.  It is the belief of the Bevan Commission that good health and care is everyone’s responsibility, so it works with individual community members (Bevan Advocates) and community networks to ensure their views are heard and inform the health and care debate.

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