The Spread and Scale Academy

Learn alongside like-minded people, amplify the spread and scale of your healthcare innovation project and unleash your potential to be a change leader.

In partnership with  

Billions and SWAHSN

About the The Spread and Scale Academy

You’re passionate, you’re motivated and you’ve developed a really great innovation and improvement project as part of a team. But once you’ve proven that your project is successful in your locality, where do you take it next?

We’re launching the The Spread and Scale Academy to help you and your team to take your project to the next level. The first of its kind in Wales, the Academy will offer training and support to successful applicants from any Welsh health board or trust who have a successful small scale improvement project that has the potential to lead to large scale change.

Hosted by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Life Sciences Hub Wales in partnership with the Billions Institute and South West Academic Health Science Network, the Academy is spearheaded by an immersive four-day training event between 30th September – 3rd October with ongoing support and learning materials.

We’re asking teams to bring an open mind, enthusiasm and plenty of energy to this immersive academy; delivered by international trainers from the Billions Institute, the programme is just as much about developing your personal skills and career potential as it is about developing your project.

The Intensive Academy of Spread and Scale delivers one of the key values of A Healthier Wales: driving transformative change with strong leadership, good practice and new models on a national level.

Key Dates

30th Sept – 
3rd Oct 2019
The 4-day training event delivered by the Billions Institute at Life Sciences Hub Wales

What is spread and scale?

Spread and scale is about widening the reach of your body of work and giving you the tools you need to lead adoption at scale across your organisation, region or across Wales.  

It’s all about giving equitable access to the brilliant work that’s being done in teams and departments across NHS Wales, and ensuring that our health boards are fit for the future.

About The Billions Institute

The Billions Institute ( is the pioneer of the Model for Unleashing, which encourages innovators to ‘Dig Deep’ into their motivation for change and ‘Dream Big’ about where they’d like to take their project. 

The experienced, international team will give you with the tools you need to unleash your potential and lead the charge for large-scale change in your area.

Len Richards

“Our intensive learning academy will arm passionate healthcare innovators from across Wales with the tools they need to spread the scope of their established programme of work and scale it up to the next level. It’s all about broadening and deepening partnerships across the health system, and ensuring health care in Wales is effective, efficient and equitable for all.”

Len Richards, CEO, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cari-Anne Quinn

“This is an amazing opportunity to build on the inspiring work already taking place across Wales, with the aim of encouraging good practice and innovation to spread as widely and as quickly as possible. It will be a packed four days which will provide an approach to ensure that what’s making a difference in one place can be scaled up and benefit patients and citizens across Wales.”

Cari-Anne Quinn, CEO, Life Sciences Hub Wales

Sir Mansel Aylward

“The Bevan Commission is pleased to be working with Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and Life Sciences Hub Wales on this ground-breaking new programme. We want to ensure that healthcare innovators develop their skills and take the next step to improve further the health and wellbeing of people in Wales.”

Prof Sir Mansel Aylward CB,Chair, The Bevan Commission