47 health and care innovators enrol into Exemplars Programme

Bevan Commission innovation scheme launches to transform health and care services in Wales.

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A number of innovative projects designed to improve health and care for people across Wales are getting a boost as part of the Bevan Commission’s Exemplars Programme – a 12-month scheme to support health and care staff to develop and test new ideas.

This year the Bevan Commission, Wales’ leading health and care think tank, is supporting ideas that address the need for a sustainable and prudent recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Exemplar Programme works in collaboration with Health Boards and NHS Trusts to equip their staff with specialist skills and leadership development to deliver improved systems for preventing, diagnosing and treating illness and managing health and care needs. The Exemplar innovations are then shared across Wales to encourage further adoption and spread.

Bevan Commission Director, Helen Howson, said: “We are proud and excited to be supporting such a wide range of new and different ideas and innovations from people working in health and care across Wales. We hope these will help deliver greener and more sustainable health, reduce waste, connect communities, and address the backlog. Yet at such a critical time for our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, new ideas offer only a small part of the solution. What really makes the difference is the people in the system who put in the hard work to turn those ideas into practical solutions for people in need of care, delivering more prudent and improved quality-of-care right across our villages, towns and cities.”

The 47 projects supported in this year’s Exemplars programme include:

Now in its seventh year, the Exemplars programme has so far supported 250 innovation projects across Wales. It has delivered numerous benefits to people and patients and increased capacity and confidence for change and innovation in primary care, in the community and in hospitals.