Bevan Commission to test new approaches to innovation spread, scale and adoption


The Bevan Exemplars programme has over the past four years delivered numerous benefits to patients, services and organisations. It has increased the confidence, capability and capacity for change and innovation in Wales. But how do we best capture these successes and emulate the results elsewhere across the country?

In Professor Nick Rich’s evaluation of the third Bevan Exemplar cohort, key recommendations included the need to scale projects nationally, beyond the parameters of the scheme.

Adopting and spreading Bevan Exemplar Innovation

The Bevan Commission is embarking on a new programme of work to develop and test Bevan Exemplar innovation, adoption and spread approaches in healthcare organisations. The aim is to take seven Bevan Exemplar projects, with the aim of them being adopted in three new locations by January 2021.

Over the next six months, the programme will identify Bevan Exemplar projects for adoption and spread, along with the individuals, teams or organisations that will implement the intervention in a different site or setting to the one in which it was originally developed. These will be known as the Bevan Exemplar ‘Innovation Adopters’.

The Bevan Commission will then work with the selected projects and the Innovation Adopters over 12 months.  This will include a full programme of enhanced support for the Exemplars and the Adopters: network events, training, expert coaching, mentoring and guidance, one to one support, facilitation and access to resources through the Bevan Commission’s networks and partners.

Helen Howson, Director of the Bevan Commission, said: “The Bevan Commission are very excited about this fabulous opportunity to lead the development of ground breaking approaches to spreading and scaling innovation in Wales”

Spread and Scale Academy

To complement our exciting programme of innovation adoption, The Bevan Commission has teamed up with local partners Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Life Sciences Hub Wales for the launch of ‘The Spread and Scale Academy’.

The Spread and Scale Academy is an immersive 4-day programme for small teams of NHS Wales staff who have implemented a successful innovation or improvement project. It is delivered by international trainers from the Billions Institute.

The programme will develop career potential and skills as a thought leader and give participants the tools to lead the adoption of their healthcare innovation or improvement projects locally and nationally.

The Spread and Scale Academy is open to applications from teams within any Welsh Health Board or Trust who have a successful small-scale improvement project that has the potential to lead to large-scale change.

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, Bevan Commission Chair said: “The Bevan Commission is pleased to be working with Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and Life Sciences Hub Wales on this ground-breaking new programme. We want to ensure that healthcare innovators develop their skills and take the next step to improve further the health and wellbeing of people in Wales.”

The course will be held at the Life Sciences Hub Wales from 30th September until 3rd October.

The deadline for applications is July 21st 2019.

To find out more and apply, click here.