“We are very pleased to have taken the lead through this national Adopt and Spread (A&S) programme. What we did is help find ways to ensure that successful, innovative ideas are adopted and spread across Wales… We set out to find what makes great ideas stick and spread… By sharing this evidence and learning we can influence and inform local and national adoption approaches for many years to come.”
Adopt and Spread Programme
Sharing our learning across Wales, the UK and globally
The Bevan Commission, working in collaboration with health organisations are testing approaches for the adoption and spread of innovation. Building on our work over the last 5 years with the Bevan Exemplar Innovations, our cohort of innovators and adopters joined the Adopt and Spread (A&S) Programme in 2020. The programme is supported with funding by the Welsh Government.
The Bevan Commission has worked with the Welsh Government since November 2018 to develop a programme to test and develop a methodology to support innovation adoption and spread in Wales. We have experience of supporting Bevan Exemplars who are health and care professionals to take their innovation idea forward. The A&S Programme is a natural extension to support the Exemplars to take their successful innovations to other teams in Wales. As the A&S Programme is focussed on research as well as delivery, we are gathering the data and adding to the knowledge base about supporting successful adoption and spread. Working with Swansea University and our own research team, we are bringing together the learning as part of the live programme and will also be writing a report to be published later in 2021. Here is a short summary of how the projects and the people involved:
- 15 Exemplar projects are participating in the A&S Programme in Wales following an open call between August and December 2019.
- 46 Innovation Adoption sites started working in January 2020 to take on the work of the Exemplars to make a difference in their team and organisations. This expanded to 54 adoption sites by the end of the programme.
- Over 95 participating staff (innovators and adopters) are being supported by the Bevan Commission with bespoke training, development and networking sessions. They work in their project teams based across 9 health and care organisations (including all the seven Health Boards) in Wales.
- The project teams are being supported by Adopt and Spread Leads, coaches/mentors and partner organisations including Life Sciences Hub Wales, NHS Wales Finance Academy, Accelerate, AgorIP, NHS Wales Informatics Service, NHS Wales Finance Delivery Unit, and Swansea University.
Watch the introduction
The national Adopt and Spread Programme took place between 2019 and 2021 funded by the Welsh Government with learning shared in Wales and beyond. Our approach was to test how Bevan Exemplars spread innovations to other settings with a cohort of Adopters. Read the introduction to find out what we aimed to do.
Working through Covid-19
The early findings show promising results with successful adoption within a few months and despite the challenges faced by many teams due to COVID-19. There were many changes to the plans originally made for the projects. The A&S Programme team worked closely with all the Exemplars and Adopters to keep pace where possible and support structured pauses and restarts to projects as well. Find out more with the Interim Report.