ARCH innovation forum

Call for expressions of interest from academia, health and industry.

The ARCH Innovation Forum is inviting applications from academic, health and industry. The forum is designed to accelerate innovation across the health and care sector to improve health, wealth and wellbeing.

To submit your innovation project, complete the online application form by Friday 24 July 2020 to join the next panel session and receive 10 minutes to present or demonstrate your project to the panel, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Following your pitch, you will receive bespoke written feedback including advice and guidance about how to improve or develop the innovation, highlighting any potential considerations of implementation, accelerate the innovation to the market place, signposting to funding or support mechanisms or collaborators.

COVID-19 has brought to everyone’s attention the vital role of the NHS, and the importance of being able to adapt to confront new challenges. The Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales outlined a number of recommendations on how to confront challenges and support change in the years ahead. A key recommendation was to increase the value achieved from funding of health and care through improvement, innovation, use of best practice, and eliminating waste.

The Welsh Government plan for health and social care, ‘A Healthier Wales’ outlined a nationally co-ordinated network of hubs to bring together research, innovation and improvement activity within each Regional Partnership Board footprint. To coordinate this ambition national Research, Innovation and Improvement Leads have been appointed in Public Health Wales, Velindre Cancer Centre and in the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Within Public Health Wales, Mark Griffiths, Innovation Lead - Improvement Cymru, is working with the Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, John Boulton, to engage on public health research, innovation and improvement.

Mark said:

“I am delighted to help align and strengthen our collective approach to public health research, innovation and improvement and enable the scale and spread of ideas to achieve transformation.

“At the same time, I realise I need the support and goodwill of colleagues within and outside of Public Health Wales to start to bring about change.

“Working together, we can scale up some of the great innovations and opportunities for service improvement so more people can benefit.

“I would love to hear about your ideas on how research, innovations and improvement can help shape and change the future of health and social care in Wales.”

Mark aims to establish and foster collaborations and partnerships with the research, innovation and improvement hubs, industry partners and other established local and national organisations to support Public Health Wales’ population health priorities. If you would like to get in touch, you can email Mark here.