July 2nd, 2019
Swansea Uni ∙ The Great Hall


July 2nd, 2019
Swansea Uni ∙ The Great Hall



Training (Medical)


Digital Health



MediWales Connects

NHS colleagues from across Wales, local companies and the wider industry sector will join to share clinical innovation in practice to improve patient outcomes.

The event includes keynote presentations, workshops and an exhibition.

The aims of the conference are to:

  • Highlight and showcase the excellent work being carried out by the health and care communities in Wales.
  • Improve collaborative working between the health boards, industry and research communities.
  • Raise the profile of NHS Wales and clinical innovation across the UK.
  • Support closer working relationships between industry, NHS and research groups and clinical trials capabilities.

This course has been awarded 6 CPD hours by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Certificates of attendance are available on request).


Click here to see last years programme
  • Building on the excellent work that has been done around innovation adoption, we will consider the challenges involved in scaling change and adoption of new products, services and processes that deliver impact for patients across the whole NHS.
  • Showcasing new technologies, digital health, NHS innovations and a well being zone including sports, arts and music health therapies.
  • This NHS led event includes keynote presentations, interactive workshops and exhibition stands.
  • NHS teams and colleagues from the health and care community across Wales, as well as the wider industry sector, will share clinical innovation and insights to improve patient outcomes.
  • Over 400 delegates from clinical and care communities, industry and academia from across Wales and the UK.


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Signum Speaker
Dafydd Loughran
CEO, Concentric Health
Peter Ella-Tongwiis
Post graduate research scientist, North Wales Urological Research Centre
Alex Makanga
Senior biomedical scientist, Besti Cadwaladr Health Board
Matt Gibson
Head Of Sales, Siemens Healthineers
Steve Luzio
Diabetes Research Unit Cymru
Tom Powell
Innovation and QI Manager, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Menna Brown
Lecturer, Swansea University Medical School
British Heart Foundation Speaker
British Heart Foundation
Amit Chandratreya
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Prince of Wales Hospital
Paul Stroemer
ATTC Network Programme Manager Midlands / Wales, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
John Chester
Clinical Professor and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, Cardiff University
Emma Kempshall
Cardiff and Vale UHB
Wendy Ingram
Clinical Lead for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria, Cardiff and Vale UHB
Ian Weeks
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Robin Petterson
Frequent Caller Lead, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Keir Lewis
Professor and R&D Director, Swansea University, Respiratory Innovation Wales
Anne Dreyer
Digital Business Manager, Roche Diagnostics
Claire Smith
Account Manager, Roche
NWIS Speaker
NHS Wales Informatics Service
Ifan Evans
Director - Technology, Digital & Transformation, Welsh Government
Robyn Miles
Respiratory Innovation Wales
Greg Baily
Technical Director, Huntleigh Healthcare
Annette Thomas
Cardiff and Vale UHB
Sian Morgan
Head of the All Wales Genetics Laboratory (AWGL), All Wales Medical Genomics Service (AWMGS)
Tom Clutton-Brock
Clinical Director, NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Cooperative, University of Birmingham
Helen Lane
Cwm Taf UHB
Rebecca Thomas
Senior Nurse Professional Standards and Quality Improvement, Cwm Taf UHB
Robyn Davies
Head of Innovation, Cardiff and Vale UHB
Stephen Parnell
Assistant Director Organisational Systems Change, Cardiff & Vale Health Board
Kath Mackay
Interim Director Ageing Society, Health & Nutrition, Innovate UK
Lewis Francis
Associate Professor and Programme Director to MSc Nanomedicine, Swansea University Medical School
Sarah Prior
Senior Lecturer for Diabetes Research Group, Swansea University
Andrew Morris
Head of Pharmacy, Swansea University Medical School
Paul Boyle
Vice Chancellor, Swansea University
Clare Birt
Marketing Director, Mangar Health
Professor Sir Mansel Aylward
Chair, Life Sciences Hub Wales
Dr Andrew Goodall
Director General of Health and Social Services and Chief Executive, NHS Wales
Gwyn Tudor
CEO, MediWales
Hamish Laing
Professor of Enhanced Innovation, Engagement and Outcomes, Swansea University
Patient Representative
Duncan Baird
Professor of Cancer and Genetics, Cardiff University
Anna Sussex
Public Health Wales National Programme Manager for Frequent Attenders, Unscheduled Care and clinical lead, WEDFAN
Rinesh Amin
Co-founder, DrDoctor
Gareth Roberts
Assistant Medical Director and Consultant Nephrologist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Adele Cahill
Assistant Director Value Based Health Care and National Lead Value Based Procurement, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Kay Wilson
Early Phase Team Lead, Clinical Trials Unit, Velindre Cancer Centre
Jessie Powell
Senior Nurse Manager (CRF), University Hospital of Wales Cardiff
Alan Parker
Reader in Translational Virotherapies, Cardiff University - School of Medicine
Barry McDonnell
Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Mark Briggs
Head of Cell and Gene Therapy, Welsh Blood Service
Rob Orford
Chief Scientific Adviser for Health, Welsh Government
Joanne Oliver
Health Service Engagement Lead for Wales, British Heart Foundation
Dr Pasquale Innominato
Oncologist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board - Cancer Services
Alison Powell
Wales Development Lead, Workflow - Practice Unbound
David Minton
Associate Medical Director, Value Based Health Care, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
David Thomas
Assistant Director, ABCi, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Headquarters
Jonathan Goodfellow
National Clinical Lead, Wales Cardiac Network


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Connects is an NHS Wales wide collaboration event that showcases innovation and stimulates engagement across health, academic and industry sectors, in line with our with Welsh Government policy aims. I look forward to being involved with NHS Connects for another year and again reflecting on the range and breadth of collaboration and innovative practice that takes place right across the Welsh health and care system.

Andrew Goodall, Director General, Department for Health and Social Services, Chief Executive NHS Wales


British Heart Foundation Cymru were delighted to attend MediWales Connects Conference in Swansea University in 2018. It was an extremely professionally organised event which gave us excellent opportunities to network and engage with key influential delegates. We were able to share examples of BHF funded innovative clinical practice with colleagues from NHS Wales but also learn from research and industry partners on potential new solutions to support ongoing and future service improvement for those at risk of and who suffer with cardiovascular disease. We will definitely be attending again this year as an organisation and are keen to continue to benefit from all the collaborative opportunities that this conference offers.

British Heart Foundation Cymru


Connects acts as a focal point for the Life Science and Health sector, bringing together innovators and adopters. Connects creates a forum for industry, academia and service, aimed at driving health and service improvement and increasing prosperity in Wales

Rob Orford, Welsh Government, Chief Scientific Adviser for Health


MediWales Connects gave us the opportunity to reach senior people who could make things happen. The theme of NHS collaboration was evident throughout our project to bring proton beam therapy to Wales. Through a genuine partnership with Velindre Cancer Centre, we have recently been commissioned by WHSSC to treat adults with proton therapy, and MediWales Connects 2016 was a key part of this journey.

Jamie Powell, Centre Manager, Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales


We have found the Connects Conferences to be a dynamic and efficient way of networking with KOLs across Wales, whilst giving us the opportunities to show our willingness to work in true partnership with the Health Boards via direct messaging, exhibiting and presentations at the Conferences. The Conferences have now become a regular fixture in our Diary.

Peter Howell, All-Wales Point of Care Specialist and Field Development Co-ordinator - Roche