Celebrating inspiring Bevan Exemplar innovations that are transforming health and care


Bevan Exemplars are health and care staff from across NHS Wales who are supported by the Bevan Commission to develop and test their own innovative and prudent ideas.

They do this over and above their day job, showing a real commitment at the frontline to transform the quality of health and care for everyone across Wales.

Over 12 months the Commission has supported 37 excellent projects that have improved health and care, patient experiences and demonstrated the best use of skills and resources.

This takes the overall number of successful projects delivered since the Exemplars programme was established in 2015 to over 200 – all of which are making a real difference at grass roots level whether in primary care, the community or hospitals across all areas of Wales.

The projects will be shared at today’s event which will be attended by more than 150 people including NHS leaders, Assembly Members, frontline health and care professionals and academic researchers.

The First Minister for Wales Rt Hon Mark Drakeford AM and Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething AM will be attending the event to share their personal congratulations to the Exemplars.

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, Chair of the Bevan Commission said, “We are proud to showcase the work of our Bevan Exemplars, who are turning radical ideas into reality to improve the health and well-being of the people of Wales.

“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.”

The Bevan Commission believes that it is the people in the system and those who use it who are best placed to make changes that will deliver improved quality and sustainable health and care.

Projects in the cohort have produced some inspirational changes such as:

Professor Nick Rich, from Swansea University School of Management, provided an independent evaluation of the programme, which demonstrated an 84% success rate for projects, which compares favourably to a 30% success rate for equivalent change or innovation projects in NHS England.

His evaluation also showed that 96% of the Exemplar’s ideas were considered innovative and 96% of the projects were totally aligned to Welsh Government objectives and prudent healthcare.

First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, said: “The Bevan Exemplars programme is leading the way in supporting innovative projects throughout the health service in Wales.

“The ongoing success of the programme shows the value it brings to people in Wales and how our long-term plan for health and social care – A Healthier Wales – is being made a reality.”

Find out more about the Bevan Exemplar projects by watching our video, reading our poster compendium (link pending)  and evaluation report.

A list of all 37 projects is included below as an Appendix.

Appendix 1

Bevan Exemplar projects by health board area;

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Heath Board

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Hywel Dda University Health Board and Public Health Wales

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Velindre University NHS Trust

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Wales Co-operative Centre in collaboration with Carmarthenshire County Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Hywel Dda University Health Board