Bevan Commission to challenge thinking at Tomorrow’s Health Conference


The Bevan Commission will be challenging thinking around ways of delivering health and care in Wales that is fit for the future when it takes part in the Tomorrow’s Health conference in Llandudno on March 25 and 26.

Wales’ leading health think tank will be delivering two innovation sessions at the national conference which brings together health and care professionals, industry and academia to inspire a progressive approach to the challenges being faced in Wales.

Bevan Commission Director Helen Howson and Deputy Director Siôn Charles, will be leading sessions looking at how people can work together to overcome barriers to change and the impact that transformation can have on delivering better quality, sustainable and prudent care in Wales.

They will be joined by colleagues including renowned Bevan Commissioners and NHS staff who have taken part in the Bevan Exemplar programme delivering pioneering projects that have made a big difference to health and care.

Director Helen Howson said, “The Bevan Commission is delighted to be part of the Tomorrow’s Health conference.

“We are really excited to bring together some of our renowned Commissioners with other experts to understand how we face the challenges together and find the solutions that will ensure health and care in Wales is fit for the future.

“We need to take bold and disruptive leadership to create a climate that drives innovation and transformative changes that meets the needs of people.

“We are looking forward to a stimulating and challenging debate where we will be asking what will you do differently to ensure we have high quality, prudent and sustainable health and care?”

The two day conference is being led by Life Sciences Hub Wales and will take place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, with around 500 delegates expected to attend.

The Commission’s first panel discussion session ‘Creating a climate to drive innovation and transformation – how we ensure we are fit for the future’ will take place on Wednesday March 25 11.45am – 12.30pm.

It will be chaired by Commission Director Helen Howson who will be joined by Bevan Commisioners Kamilla Hawthorne and Fran Targett, Iwan Davies, Vice Chair of Bangor University and Teresa Owen, Chair of the North Wales Regional Partnership Board.

The second session ‘Translating Thinking to Practice for Tomorrow’s Health’ will take place on Thursday March 26 12.15pm – 1pm and will be led by Commission Deputy Director Siôn Charles, along with a number of Bevan Exemplars.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for people to find out more about the impact the Bevan Exemplar Programme can have and the crucial part it plays in driving and supporting innovation. It will look at the Bevan Exemplar Programme’s activity from the last four cohorts and draw upon a number of Bevan Exemplars to highlight their projects, their experiences and their views on the future and what needs to happen to deliver tomorrow’s health. 

More than 200 successful projects have been delivered since the Exemplars programme was established in 2015 – all of which are making a real difference at grass roots level in primary care, the community and hospitals across Wales.

Deputy Director Siôn Charles said, “It’s been clear to the Bevan Commission for some time that the major challenges faced by the NHS calls for thinking and doing things differently.

“Our Exemplars have taken the time, commitment and courage to do just that, putting

their heads above the parapet to drive through ambitious projects that make a real difference to patient experiences and health outcomes.

“This workshop will enable them to share their experiences about how you can deliver prudent, positive change and what is needed in the future to ensure transformation becomes embedded in way the health and care service does business.”

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 focuses on how Wales may achieve its ambition of building healthcare services based upon Aneurin Bevan’s core principles to best meet the needs of the people of Wales, matching the best comparable systems elsewhere in the world.

To find out more and book your place at the Tomorrow’s Health conference visit