Author: Bevan Commission
Published: January 2019
The Bevan Exemplars scheme was established in 2015 to help us translate prudent healthcare thinking into practice. Since then we have supported over 140 successful projects to improve health outcomes, patient experiences and resource efficiency in NHS Wales.
Our Bevan Exemplars are big thinkers from every part of the NHS: surgeons, physiotherapists, nurses, GPs, carers, planning managers and porters. They all have something crucial in common: they have an innovative and prudent idea that they want to trial and test out in their own communities, hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes.
All of our Bevan Exemplars are committed to driving transformational change in their Health Boards and Trusts, and demonstrate personal commitment and courage to deliver their projects in the face of a range of barriers and the pressures of their day-to-day work. The Bevan Exemplars scheme is rapidly gaining widespread recognition across the UK as an excellent model of healthcare innovation, as well as making a significant and positive difference to the lives of patients in Wales.
The Bevan Exemplar scheme provides a unique combination of protected time and space, peer-to-peer networking, credibility of Bevan Commission support and expert mentoring from the Bevan Commissioners. This year's cohort have used this platform to produce some truly inspirational outcomes, such as:
Making it quicker and easier for cancer patients to access radiotherapy treatment;
Saving a struggling GP surgery through upskilling staff and transforming patient engagement;
And using community paramedics to treat people at home and avoid hospital admissions.
Many of the Bevan Exemplar projects in this publication have gone on to gain national acclaim, winning commendations such as NHS Wales Awards and RCGP Bright Ideas Awards. They are honouring the origins of the NHS in Wales and making tomorrow's innovations a reality today.