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01st March 2019

People in Wales encouraged to suggest technologies to improve care

Health Technology Wales (HTW), an independent and innovative national body, has opened a Topic Call on St David’s Day.

People are being encouraged to suggest non-medicine technologies that could improve health and social care in Wales.

From clinical commissioners and frontline care providers, to patients and members of the public, anyone can suggest a topicon Health Technology Wales’ website.

“Health Technology Wales will provide independent, evidence-informed Guidance on the clinical and cost effectiveness of non-medicine technologies to provide assistance to the Welsh care sector in its health technology adoption decisions,” said Dr Peter Groves, Chair of Health Technology Wales.

Non-medicine technologies can include; devices and diagnostic tests, implants, surgical procedures, psychological therapies and changes in treatment pathways. Topic referrals can also reflect the priority areas of the Welsh Government.

Health Technology Wales is currently planning its 2019 work programme to support a strategic, national approach to the identification, appraisal and adoption of non-medicine health technologies into Welsh health and social care settings.

It was established in November 2017 and has already issued Guidance to NHS Wales and published reports on its website. The reports summarise the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology, alongside relevant contextual information and any requirements for further research to inform decision making.

Topic referrals can be made through the ‘Suggest a topic’ form on www.healthtechnology.wales. Anyone who wants to submit a topic can call 02920 468 948 for further advice.