The Bevan Commission's Response

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 News


How has your organisation adapted to change during Covid 19? Are you looking to continue to shape your services throughout Covid-19 and beyond? We can offer consultation and support for your organisation. Find out more about our Transformational Change Services here. 



In partnership with the Society of Occupational medicine, the Bevan Commission  hosted the webinar ‘Managing mental health in the workplace’. This event supported managers, HR colleagues and employers in highlighting the current issues on mental health in the workplace and offered expert presentations on workplace mental health theory and practice amid Covid-19. Find out more


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.
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Following the success of the initial online return to work seminar, the Bevan Commission hosted a follow-up event supported by the Society of Occupational Medicine on Monday 1st June 2020.  The seminar was aimed at supporting organisations in Wales to prepare for returning to work after Covid-19 lockdown.
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COVID-19 Opinion

The Bevan Commission has brought together expert insights and experiences across a range of angles on Covid-19.

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:

Does restricting travel during a pandemic work?  (Chatham House) 


Travel restrictions and infectious disease outbreaks. (Journal of Travel Medicine)

Bevan Commissioner Baroness Ilora Finlay has co-authored an editorial for the BMJ: Covid-19 and alcohol - a dangerous cocktailThe article discusses the need to address alcohol harm as part of the recovery from Coronavirus.

Bevan Exemplar Helen Iliff (Anaesthetics Core Trainee) and Bevan Commissioner Ilora Finlay co-authored a piece for BMJ Opinion: How can 'shielding be safely lowered as lockdown is eased?


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.