The Professor Sir Mansel Aylward ‘Bevan Future Thinkers’ in Health and Care Award

Competition call now open!

The Bevan Future Thinkers Award provides an opportunity for students undertaking health and care related studies across Wales to provide fresh insight and vision to inform the Bevan Commission’s thinking in securing sustainable health and care that is fit for the future.

The winner will receive a £500 voucher prize and other benefits that are outlined below.

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I am delighted and honoured to lend my name to this important award. I am passionate about the need to innovate and think differently about health and care so that we can ensure that the legacy left to us by Aneurin Bevan is fit for our future generation

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward

Bevan Commissioner

The Challenge:

We are asking students to set out in an essay form of no more than 2500 words ‘What should health and care services in Wales look like in 2050 and what will need to happen to achieve this? Supporting media content such as animations or audio clips are welcome.


Bevan Commission Programme Objectives:

Opportunities Afforded to Students Who Take Part:


Competition entries will open from Friday 13 January 2023 and will close on Wednesday 12 April 2023.

Applications are open to students in Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) studying health and care related courses.

Briefing Sessions

There will be two information briefing sessions held. Please click on the links below to book into the session:

Information briefing session 1– Monday 6th February 2023, 10am

Information briefing session 2– Thursday 9th March 2023, 2pm


Information brief and guidance

Information brief for students (English)

Guidance for Higher Education Organisational Leads (English)

Information brief for students (Cymraeg)

Guidance for Higher Education Organisational Leads (Cymraeg)


Useful Resource Links

Prudent healthcare principles – Bevan Commission

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales – Acting today for a better tommorrow

The Inverse Care Law in 2021 – Institute of Welsh Affairs (

70 years of the NHS: How Aneurin Bevan created our beloved health service | The Independent | The Independent

Welsh NHS needs to ‘radically’ change to recover from the pandemic, says NHS Wales boss | ITV News Wales