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Fast track projects transform health and care during pandemic

Innovative projects that have helped to improve health and care for people across Wales during the pandemic are being showcased by the Bevan Commission in an online event tomorrow (Wednesday, June 30, 2021).

Despite an extremely challenging year, 24 Bevan Exemplar projects were delivered by health and care staff that made a difference to services, patient outcomes and experiences.

From tackling the backlog of patients on waiting lists, to promoting the use of video-based physiotherapy, the Bevan Exemplars developed and adapted a number of prudent ideas to offer solutions to the challenges presented by and resulting from COVID-19.

And they did it in record time – testing out their innovations and delivering change with the support of the Commission in just six months.

Bevan Commission Director Helen Howson said, “I am really proud of this inspiring group of Bevan Exemplars who answered a call to come up with new ways of working that would directly help health and care services during the pandemic.

“Their achievements show that improvement and innovation is strong in Wales as is the commitment of our staff in delivering such excellent results in the face of adversity and on top of their day jobs.

“This is a time when we need innovative solutions more than ever and the showcase is a great opportunity to not only celebrate their success but to encourage the adoption and spread of their work across the rest of Wales.”

The Bevan Exemplar Innovation Showcase will take place from 9.30am – 5.30pm and will consist of eight sessions, each with a mix of projects from all seven health boards in Wales.  The sessions are free to attend and tickets can be booked here Bevan Exemplar Showcase 2021 | Bevan Commission 

Projects include:

  • Re-designing physiotherapy outpatient services by listening to patients and staff about their experiences during Covid-19 and what changes should stay and go (Aneurin Bevan University Health Board)
  • Improving support and outcomes for people with chronic pain, and reducing waiting times, by integrating the Education Programme for Patients into the referral process (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board)
  • Supporting people with dementia to adjust to the changes due to Covid-19 restrictions and get back out into their communities with a series of films called Get There Together (Cardiff and Vale University Health Board)
  • Developing a waiting list support service to ensure patients were proactively and compassionately communicated with, including offering support and advice for their condition (Hywel Dda University Health Board).

A full list of the projects is available on the Commission website.