MediWales Connects 2019: A Round-Up

Colleagues from health, academia and industry converged at Swansea University’s state of the art Bay Campus yesterday for MediWales Connects, the all-Wales NHS collaboration conference.

Now in its 3rd year, the conference showcases the important innovation work being carried out by health and care bodies across Wales, and encourages boards to connect with each other to share their learning for patient benefit. Industry presence at the event gives NHS colleagues exposure to new, evidence-based health tech and innovation that could help them to improve services and make them more fit for the future.

Event highlights:

    • Professor Sir Mansel Aylward introduced The Spread and Scale Academy, the Cardiff and Vale UHB initiative created for all NHS Wales staff who have a small scale innovation project. Apply here.
    • Dr Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive of NHS Wales, reflected upon the achievements of the Welsh Government’s plan for health and social care, A Healthier Wales, and the importance of working across health boards to ensure that the best ideas are captured and shared.
    • Robyn Davies, Head of Innovation at Cardiff and Vale UHB, discussed the work being undertaken to accelerate innovation. He delivered a panel alongside colleagues from Aneurin Bevan, Cwm Taf and Life Sciences Hub Wales.   
    • Wendy Ingram, Clinical Lead for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria at Cardiff and Vale UHB, discussed the challenges and successes of setting up a Chimeric Antigen Receptors Cell Therapy (CAR-T) service for Wales as part of the Advanced Therapies session. 
    • Steve Parnell, Assistant Director Organisational Systems Change at Cardiff and Vale UHB, contributed to the Transformation of Care session in the afternoon by talking about real time data and system visibility that is helping the UHB to transform its approach to patient care.
    • Annette Thomas, Consultant Clinical Scientist for the POCT Department at Cardiff and Vale UHB, discussed the role of point of care testing in modernising diagnostic services.
    • Jessie Powell, Senior Nurse Manager (CRF) at Cardiff and Vale UHB, delivered a talk at the Improving Cancer Care session about her experience as a researcher and what’s being done to improve the treatment of cancer patients in Cardiff.   

The day was full of inspirational speakers and chances to connect with the many, many people who are passionate about healthcare across Wales; thank you to MediWales for another brilliant conference.   

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