Presented to Matt by Robyn Davies, Head of Innovation, the inaugural award demonstrates the strong partnership between CD&T and the Innovation team. The award also recognises the clinical board and the talented people who have developed innovations that include diagnostic software, a drug patent, the Bevan Exemplar tracheostomy vest, and the ‘Show Me Where’ pain tool, which is now being sold internationally. Outpatients and Medical Records is also the first area in the UHB to be piloting a digital ideas and challenges platform.
Matt said, “If the clinical board is to achieve the Health Board’s Strategic Objective to ‘develop a culture and environment where innovation thrives’ we have to start thinking and approaching the way we manage our best ideas and tackle our biggest challenges in a different way.
“To make sure we can sustainably shift our approach to innovation we have to look at the culture we create and the leadership habits we imbed. We need to get to a place where staff want to get involved because they believe that change can occur. To do this we need to create the space to foster ideas and the support to deliver those ideas. We have the track record of support and now we need to create the space to hear the ideas from the talented staff in CD&T.”
Matt has sponsored a monthly innovation workshop that is open to all staff across CD&T, no matter their specialism or length of service. The session is all about exploring key challenges and ideas, with the best ideas protected, captured, and developed. The workshops are linked to the joint Cardiff University and UHB Innovation MDT, which is chaired by Professor Jared Torkington. The expertise available at the Innovation MDT is unique to the UHB and Wales, and to date has supported over 90 projects.