Transforming health and care – Bevan Commission Plenary meeting


The internationally renowned Bevan Commissioners and team have a packed agenda that includes a prudent approach to primary care being undertaken in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners and a debate around affordability and sustainability of health and care services.

The Plenary, which is taking place in Cardiff, will also hear from Dr Chris Jones, Chair of Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and Mick Giannasi, Chair of Social Care Wales who will be providing further information on the future workforce strategy for Wales.

Bevan Commission Director Helen Howson said, ‘We are looking forward to further debate and discussion on key issues relating to the future quality and sustainability of health and care in Wales.

“We have some of the best minds around the table to help inform our thinking and find solutions that best suit the needs here in Wales. The Bevan Commission is a flagship for Wales and we’re grateful that they are able to give us their time freely.”

The themes of transformation and collaboration are a constant thread in the Bevan Commission’s work. Its quarterly update today makes this clear with presentations at a number of events and close work with organisations including the Future Generations Commissioner, Social Care Wales, Welsh Medical Committee and the Gwent Regional Partnership Board.

Working together to deliver transformation from within was also highlighted in the pre-plenary session, held last night (December 11), when the Bevan Commissioners met with the latest cohort of Bevan Exemplars to find out more about their projects to improve care and services.

The Bevan Exemplars scheme was established in 2015 to help staff from across NHS Wales translate prudent healthcare thinking into practice. Since then the Commission has supported over 200 successful projects to improve health outcomes, patient experiences and resource efficiency in NHS Wales.

Bevan Commission Chair Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, said, “This was a great opportunity for our new group of Bevan Exemplars to meet my fellow Commissioners to discuss their plans to improve the quality and delivery of health and social care by implementing their innovations.

“The Commissioners provide valuable support and guidance to all our Exemplars and I’m looking forward to seeing what impact our latest cohort make as they take a prudent approach to delivering quality improvement.”

Other items for discussion at today’s Plenary include a prudent approach to mental health and a focus on integrated care.

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.

The Bevan Commission hold quarterly plenary meetings and the next one will take place in March 2020.