09:30 AM

11:30 AM

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29th March

Connects Launch Day

Join the launch where we bring together stories from across NHS Wales. Hear about innovation adoption, collaboration with industry and how Wales has responded to the pandemic.

Introduction and launch
Dr Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales, Director General of Health and Social Services and Chief Executive

Delivering a COVID-19 vaccine trial in challenging circumstances
Dr Orod Osanlou, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Principal Investigator, Vaccine Trials (Wales) Consultant in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and General Internal Medicine

The future of UK clinical research
Carys Thomas, Welsh Government, Head of Policy (R&D Division, Health and Social Care)

01:30 PM

03:30 PM

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29th March

Showcasing Research

This session showcases some of the exciting research projects taking place across Wales

Long Covid Tracker
Keir Lewis, Swansea University, Respiratory Innovation Wales, Professor and Medical Director

James Ingram, Science & Engineering Applications Ltd, Director

Byw Bywyd gyda Phoen / Living Life with Pain - a digital e-learning Pain Management Programme
Dr. Ffion John, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead

Wales Gene Park – How can we help you?
Karen Reed, Wales Gene Park, Co-director and Operations Manager

Spectroscopic characterisation of lung cancer sputum. A potential tool for rapid identification of malignancy?
Charlie Brilliant, Centre for Health and Environmental Management Research and Innovation, Research Assistant

Evaluation of the neighbourhood district nursery pilots in Wales
Carolyn Wallace, University of South Wales & PRIME Centre Wales, Professor Community Health & Care Services & Associate Director

Jo Webber, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Head of Nursing for Primary and Community Division

Rhys Roberts, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Interim Deputy Head of Nursing for Primary and Community Care

Sue Pearce, Powys Teaching Health Board, Head of Nursing

09:30 AM

11:00 AM

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30th March

Industry and NHS Collaboration Showcase

Collaboration with industry is a very important part of delivering innovation and change in the NHS. In this showcase we present examples of successful projects and discuss the challenges and strategies for working together.

Phil Webb, Velindre University NHS Trust, Planning and Performance Director

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

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30th March

Workshop: The challenges and opportunities of applying a Value Based approach to Procurement and Commissioning

The presentation and panel debate will share experiences, discuss challenges and opportunities for both NHS Wales and Industry partners in establishing true partnerships in order to ensure a value based approach to the procurement of goods, services and solutions.

Adele Cahill, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Assistant Director - Value Based Healthcare

Dr Gareth Roberts, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Assistant Medical Director VBHC, and Consultant Nephrology

Greg Bowen, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Assistant Finance Director

Dr Paul Buss, Powys Teaching Health Board, Director of Clinical Strategy

Claire Salisbury, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, Assistant Director Procurement

01:00 PM

02:30 PM

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30th March

Workshop: Adopt and Spread

The Bevan Commission, working in collaboration with health organisations, are testing approaches for the adoption and spread of innovation. This workshop will discuss some of the examples from the programme and showcase collaborations with industry.

Rupa Chilvers, Bevan Commission, Programme Lead, Adopt and Spread Innovation

03:00 PM

05:00 PM

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30th March

Regulatory Workshop

This event will bring together experts to discuss regulatory strategy, and post-Brexit regulation for developing and distributing health technologies. Advice will be on hand for industry and NHS colleagues to discuss the impact of the new regulations.

Andrew Davidson, MediWales, Life Science Consulting Medtech SME's and Director

Pete Phillips, Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory, Director

Chris Hopkins, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Head of Clinical Engineering

Ed Spearpoint, QAEC, Co-Founder, Director and Quality and Regulatory Consultant

09:30 AM

11:30 AM

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31st March

Innovation Showcase

Our third day of events celebrates innovation across NHS Wales and Welsh life science industry.

Patient Powered Safety - what we learned from patients during COVID-19
Chris Subbe, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Consultant Physician

Using digital resources to engage service users in self-management
Owen Hughes, Powys Teaching Health Board, Consultant Psychologist and Head of Pain and Fatigue Management Service

Clinical Engineering, Innovation and Research Centre (CEIR)
Chris Hopkins, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Head of Clinical Engineering

Medical device information collection and electronic management system integration
Rob Salter, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Clinical Engineering

Regional Collaboration, Innovation, Research, and Opportunity – what’s ARCH up to these days?
Dr Richard Evans, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Medical Director & Deputy CEO Swansea Bay UHB

Siôn Charles, ARCH, Head of Strategy and Service Planning

NHS Wales COVID-19 Innovation and Transformation Study
Thomas James, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Assistant Director – Innovation

11:45 AM

01:00 PM

31st March

Workshop: Innovation Surgery

This session is an open opportunity to talk to the innovation leads within NHS Wales. They will be on hand to offer guidance for industry and NHS/Social Care staff about how to take forwards their innovation in the NHS. Advice will be available about support, events, and funding opportunities.

02:00 PM

03:00 PM

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31st March

Workshop: Learning from the pandemic – the NHS Wales COVID-19 Innovation and Transformation Study

We will share insights and analysis from the NHS Wales Innovation study and invite the audience to share their own stories to answer the question – What practical actions can we take to support future change and innovative practice.

Siôn Charles, ARCH, Head of Strategy and Service Planning

Thomas James, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Assistant Director – Innovation

09:30 AM

11:30 AM

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1st April

Digital Day

The pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of healthcare services, changing how clinicians communicate and support patients to manage their health and wellbeing. During this day we will explore what the next steps for digital healthcare in Wales, looking at the lessons learned through the pandemic, what the creation of the new Digital Health and Care Wales means for us all and finally showcasing the importance of data in underpinning digital transformation with an update on the development of the National Data Resource.

Helen Northmore, Life Sciences Hub Wales, Head of Innovation Adoption – Digital and AI

Next steps for digital health and care
Ifan Evans, Welsh Government, Director - Technology, Digital & Transformation

National Data Resource
Paul Howells, NHS Wales Informatics Service, Digital Leader, Programmes and Strategy

12:37 PM

12:37 PM

Virtual Networking

All delegates registered for the series of online Connects events can come together for virtual networking. Connect with others from across industry, NHS and academia.