Inaugural partnership conference showcases the latest innovations in population health


Today (13 July) delegates came together to showcase how cutting edge innovation, education and research is contributing to the health of local people across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. 

Hywel Dda University Partnership Board

The first ever ‘Inspiring Research and Innovative Practice Conference’, organised by Hywel Dda University Health Board and its three partner universities Aberystwyth University, Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, celebrated how working together has led to improved patient experience and better health outcomes. It also provided the perfect opportunity for colleagues from across the health and education sectors to meet and share ideas as part of their ongoing professional development.

Opening the conference with his keynote speech, Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport said: “Through University Health Boards, we have a real opportunity in Wales to translate the latest research into first class care, with a focus on better outcomes for patients. I’m delighted to see academics and clinicians in west Wales working in partnership to drive forward innovations in hospitals and communities. This event underpins the commitment of everyone involved to make sure that research leads to improved health and wellbeing of the local population.”
Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “We want to make sure that the lessons learnt from everyone working in healthcare and medical research are used more quickly, effectively and systematically. Today we’ve explored four key themes around community intervention, cancer care, service delivery and science in order to focus our discussions on how to share learning, experience and develop further opportunities for collaboration – it’s been truly inspiring.” 
The conference enabled the University Health Board and its partners to demonstrate the work underway in shaping and driving the development of its workforce and delivering healthcare services in a rural context.
Dr Rachel Rahman, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Rural Health Research at Aberystwyth University said: “This conference is an opportunity to experience the diverse range of research that is happening between Hywel Dda UHB and its University partners, and to see the important contribution that this research is making to our local communities. I am excited to see the research capabilities of the partnership go from strength to strength and look forward to being part of Aberystwyth University’s contribution to future initiatives.”

Professor Ceri Phillips, Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, added: “This conference provided the ideal opportunity to showcase novel collaborative initiatives between Health Board and University partners that often take place under the radar, but have significant implications for patient experience and practice. The exchange of ideas and knowledge can only serve to enhance the quality of services provided and improve the health status of our communities. As a College, we are highly supportive of such initiatives and the mutual benefits that emerge.” 
Professor Mike Phillips, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, at University of Wales Trinity Saint David commented: “UWTSD is delighted to work with our partners to showcase the excellent work that is happening across the region.  Together we are making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.  The UWTSD Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, delivers a range of services, including vocational skills development, work-based learning and applied research in a broad range of inter-disciplinary health and social care related areas. Our rural and urban campuses enable us to access communities across the region and respond to their specific needs”.
Professor Keir Lewis, Respiratory Specialty Lead at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Today has been about coming together, not just to celebrate our achievements in improving the health of our local communities, made possible through innovative research and collaboration, but to ensure that our work together continues to lead to further improvement in the quality of care we provide and patient outcomes.”
Looking ahead, the four partners, known as the University Partnership Board, will continue its work to identify creative solutions and development opportunities to drive research, education and innovation in health improvement.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Fiona Hancock Senior Communications Officer, Hywel Dda Health Board / 01267 239554

Or Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer, UWTSD, / 01267 767908 / 07449 998476