The Voice of Health Innovation


Innovation Network Meeting - Winter Meeting

The Innovation Network for Health and Social Care in Wales would like to invite you to its first virtual meeting of 2021. Over the past 12 months, many health and social care organisations across Wales have reached out to their teams to understand the challenges and solutions that have been most impactful on their services during what has been an unprecedented time.

Join us to hear from health and social care research and innovation leads as they share the learning outcomes from these pieces of work, covering topics such as the wider health and care challenge priorities and how innovation can help tackle them.


Event Agenda  

14:00 –14:10 Welcome and Introductions 

Dee Lowry, Head of Health and Social Care Engagement Life Sciences Hub Wales   

14:10 – 14:20 Social Care Wales challenge priorities  

Lisa Trigg, Assistant Director, Research, Data and Intelligence at Social Care Wales 

During the summer of 2020 Social Care Wales worked closely with Health and Care Research Wales and the James Lind Alliance (JLA) to identify the top 10 priority research areas relating to the care and support of older people in Wales. Through workshops and surveys the team engaged with hundreds of older people, their carers and social care practitioners in Wales to understand their most pressing issues. Lisa will give an overview of the process, the ten priority areas and what happens next. 

14:20 – 14:30 NHS Wales COVID-19 Innovation Study  

Tom James, Assistant Director of Innovation at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board  

In April 2020, Aneurin Bevan UHB began an NHS Wales wide study which requested the views of staff in regard to novel and innovative practice emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

A huge amount of qualitative evidence has been produced, in addition to a range of other sources. A report is now being produced to understand what novel and innovative practice has emerged as a result of COVID-19. This report will demonstrate successful themes and case studies as well as produce recommendations that can enable and sustain innovative and transformative ways of working across NHS Wales organisations. 

14:30 – 14:40 Mapping all Health and Social Care Research, Innovation, and Improvement activities across Regional partnership board areas in Wales 

Tom Howson, Innovation Technologist Accelerate – Swansea University Healthcare Technology Centre  

Research, Innovation and Improvement Coordination Hubs (RIICHs) are currently being established across Wales following plans set out by the Welsh Government in their long term ‘A Healthier Wales’ strategy. In order to inform the RIICHs emerging approaches, Swansea University’s Health Technology Centre (HTC), as part of the broader Accelerate programme, are undertaking research which aims to map all Health and Social Care related Research, Innovation and Improvement (RII) activities ongoing across each Regional Partnership Board area in Wales. The outputs of this activity will provide a comprehensive analysis of Health and Social Care RII activity across Wales and offer greater transparency relating to the national RII landscape. The report will also identify both areas of regional strength and opportunity, alongside potential the barriers and enablers to future progress. 

14:40 – 14:50 Powys Teaching Health Board COVID innovation Survey  

Dr Danielle Sapsford, Research, Innovation and Improvement Hub Manager at Powys Teaching Health board 

Dr Sapsford will share Powys Teaching Health Boards evaluation of their learning from COVID survey which has given insight into the workforces view on the role of innovation both during the early stages of the COVID pandemic and that of future practice in the health board. 

14:50 – 15:10 Q&A for presenters 

15:10 – 15:25 Future Format for the Innovation Network  

15:25 – 15:30 Meeting Close