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NHS Wales Awards 2023 Finalists Announced

During the spring, we launched the NHS Wales Awards 2023 and were thrilled to receive an overwhelming number of submissions about the incredible improvement work happening across our health care system. After much deliberation, it’s now time to announce the shortlisted entries.

The Awards showcase how innovative ideas for change can make a significant difference to the patients who need care, the organisations who provide care, and the health and care system as a whole. It is an opportunity to showcase hardworking and inspiring teams working together, striving to improve healthcare practices and patient care across Wales.

The judges were once again amazed with the calibre of entries and found shortlisting incredibly difficult. One judge commented, “It has been truly inspiring to read so many fantastic entries by teams and organisations across our NHS in Wales. It is a privilege to take time to shortlist the projects and to see the details of how improvements are being made to the care we provide for our all our service users.”

The finalists are:


Delivering higher value health and care

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board - Embedding an enhanced frailty service into urgent and emergency care

Swansea Bay University Health Board - Heart Failure Service Redesign.  Swansea Bay Heart Function Service – Not Accepting Failure

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board - Establishing a Perioperative care of Older People undergoing Surgery (POPS) clinic in elective general surgery


Delivering person-centred services

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust - The Wish Ambulance

Swansea Bay University Health Board - Improving Planned Care in the Frail at Morriston (IPCF Morriston)

Cwmtawe Cluster - Cwmtawe Pathway Service: Providing Person-Centered Care for Patients with Complex Needs


Empowering people to co-produce their care

Swansea Bay University Health Board - Voices for change - running a patient forum in a learning disabilities inpatient hospital to enable co production around care

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - Co-production to support neuro-developmental services in Gwent

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - The ABUHB Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Team and Niwrostiwt Neurological Conditions Recovery College


Enriching the wellbeing, capability and engagement of the health and care workforce

Swansea Bay University Health Board - Developing an NHS Staff Trauma Support Pathway

Digital Health & Care Wales - Increasing Audit Efficiency and Inspiring Internal Auditors of the Future

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - Improving our Employee Investigations


Improving health and wellbeing

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board - The Health Disability Activity Partnership

Cardiff & Vale Health Charity - Our Health Meadow - Fit for the Future

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - Collaborative Cookery Groups - working to improve community mental health service users’ life skills, health and wellbeing


Improving patient safety

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board - APPLE approach to reduce preventable hospital acquired thrombosis

Hywel Dda University Health Board - Changing Workplace Culture and Multidisciplinary Engagement in Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Risk and Governance

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - HOUDINI: Make that catheter disappear!‚Äč Nurse Led Urinary Catheter Removal Protocol


Providing services in partnership across NHS Wales

Welsh Blood Service - Improving patient care by transforming access to kidney transplant patient data across Wales: Collaborative implementation of a live-data digital dashboard

Hywel Dda University Health Board - Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) in primary care – an innovative approach to test safely, effectively and improve patient care

Wales Cancer Network - A collaboration between the Wales Cancer Network and all Welsh Health Boards: A partnership approach to establish Rapid Diagnosis Clinics (RDCs) across Wales


Working seamlessly across the public and third sector

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - ABUHB High Impact Service - Multi agency working to support patients that frequently present to services

Swansea Bay University Health Board - A collaboration between Swansea Bay University Health (SBUHB) and Time to Change Wales (TtCW) to deliver training to NHS Staff to Challenge Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board - Repurposing of Cardboard: a pilot partnership between Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and ELITE Paper Solutions


The judging panel will now hold a virtual visit with each finalist to find out more about the projects and see first-hand the benefits they’ve brought to patients. Each judging panel is formed of experts drawn from across NHS Wales, the public sector and professional bodies.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony on 26 October in Cardiff.

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