The NHS Wales Awards celebrated the hard work and achievements of healthcare staff working across our nation to make a difference to patient care and quality of life. 


Life Sciences Hub Wales was delighted to support the event held on 20 October in Cardiff. Nine awards were given to organisations from across Wales for their innovative efforts to ultimately help transform health and care outcomes for people in Wales. 

Who won each award? 

There was a fantastic range of shortlisted projects found across each category. The winners for each award were: 

Delivering higher value health and care: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 

This focussed on how they created a new and more accessible model of palliative care to support patients dying from advance heart failure by using a Value-Based Health Care approach and engaging with service users. 

Delivering person-centred services: Hywel Dda University Health Board 

The System Flow Improvement Plan was established to focus on SAFER methodology in the Carmarthenshire region to pilot discharging patients as soon as they become medically optimised for a period of rehab and assessment – positively impacting the deconditioning of patients. This project also won the Outstanding Contribution to Transforming Health and Care Award. 

Empowering people to co-produce their care: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board 

This category was awarded to the Long Covid Lived Experience Partnership Group, where patients worked with clinical staff to co-produce the new clinical pathway resulting in the first EPP Self-Management Programme in the UK tailored to patients suffering with Long Covid. 

Enriching the wellbeing, capability and engagement of the health and care workforce: Hywel Dda University Health Board 

Work addressing a system workflow failure and support service improvement at Glangwili General Hospital won this award. Here, they identified that there were currently a high number of ad-hoc requests from pharmacy stores, causing staff burnout and stress. They tackled this through Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles and training, leading to an efficiency improvement in hospital ward stock management and staff wellbeing and satisfaction. 

Improving health and wellbeing: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board  

This project won the category for its work assessing cardiac patients with a diagnosis vehicle during the height of the initial Covid-19 pandemic. This limited patient visits to hospital and provided the ability to carry out home visits to patients who cannot access transport but have a high admission risk. 

Improving patient safety: Swansea Bay University Health Board 

This award was given to a project implementing an intra-operative checklist to reduce re-operation for bleeding and blood transfusion. This resulted in significant decreases in the use of blood products per patient, leading to quality improvement with respect to patient safety and resource use. 

Providing services in partnership across NHS Wales: Hywel Dda University Health Board 

Hywel Dda University Health Board worked with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust on the NHS Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) pilot. This winning project created a direct access pathway for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust to SDEC to help address handover delays.  

Working seamlessly across the public and third sector: Aneurin Bevan University Health Board 

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board worked with United Welsh Housing Association to create the Bespoke Repatriation Service partnership. This aims to bring individuals with long-term, complex, mental health problems, living in high-cost and out of area placements, back to being housed in the local community. 

Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan, said: 

“It is fantastic to see the NHS Wales Awards are back for 2022. They are a source of great pride for all the NHS staff who dedicate their lives to the needs and care of others. The inspiring stories of dedication, duty and innovation in how we care for and improve the lives of others in such challenging times is an inspiration for us all and shines a light on the fantastic and dedicated staff we have working for the NHS in Wales.” 

Chief Executive Officer at Life Sciences Hub Wales, Cari-Anne Quinn, said: 

“Life Sciences Hub Wales was delighted to support this year’s awards. We would like to congratulate all winners and finalists, who exemplify the incredible work being done by health and social care staff needed for system-wide transformation to help meet today and tomorrow’s needs.” 

If you work for a health or social care provider and are running a transformation project you want support with, then get in touch by filling out our short Innovation Enquiry Form.