Healthcare innovation was brought to life last week at the Bevan Commission Exemplar Showcase at the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff as front line staff from Cardiff and Vale UHB presented an update on their ongoing service advancement projects as part of the Commission’s third cohort.
Supported by Wales’ premier health think tank, the Bevan Commission, they’re driving forward transformation by translating expert thinking into radical action and helping to make a health and care system that’s fit for the future.
Now in its 5th year, the exemplar showcase is an opportunity for individuals across Wales’ health boards to update peers about the progress of their projects, their learning and, as the case may be, any setbacks that they’ve encountered along the way.
Vaughan Gething AM welcomed the examplars with a keynote address exalting the importance of sustainable change, saying “We have a health service to be proud of – the task we have is to make sure that it’s one we can continue to be proud of in the future.
“We need to enable and encourage innovation from the ground up.”
As part of this independent evaluation of the success of cohort 3, Professor Nick Rich, Professor of Operations Management at Swansea University, said: “This Bevan Exemplar cohort is fundamentally different in their ambition, scope and sheer risk.
“These are large-scale, transformational changes. Cohort 3 has maintained a 75% success rate. The programme offers a phenomenal return.”
Shaun Thomas, Renal Youth Worker, Cardiff and Vale UHB
Project: Sharing best practice across the UK for health-based youth work: developing an online hub to share ideas and experiences
Shaun developed an online Health-Based Youth Work Hub so that health-based youth workers across the UK can share their expertise. This comprehensive resource has been co-produced by the community and aims to promote this developing healthcare role.
John Maisey, Chief Clinical Technologist, Cardiff and Vale UHB
Project: A novel device to improve the management of tracheostomy tubes: bringing an NHS invention to market to improve the care of tracheostomy patients
Developed a tracheotomy vest to allow patients to be more mobile and free up nursing and clinical resource. He hopes to bring this invention to market.
Dr Clea Atkinson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Velindre
Project: Providing palliative care for heart failure patients at home and enabling patients to live out the final stages of their illness at home by introducing the use of subcutaneous Furosemide infusions.
Has now secured funding from the End-of-Life board for the next 12 months.
Vince Bagole, Clinical Improvement Manager and Paramedic, WAST in association with Cardiff and Vale UHB
Project: Connecting community paramedics with GPs to avoid unnecessary hospital visits and reduce pressure on emergency services
Introduces the concept of paramedics working within primary care to reduce the need for unnecessary hospital visits and allow patients to be visited and assessed at home, thus reducing the pressure on the ambulance service (currently 68% of all calls that WAST gets are from GP referrals).