Double success for Hywel Dda Health Board at MediWales Innovation Awards

HYWEL Dda are delighted to announce we received two awards at the recent Medi Wales Innovation Awards.

The awards were attended by guests from the NHS, government, academia and industry to celebrate the year’s biggest achievements in the Welsh life sciences sector.

The black tie event was held at Cardiff’s National Museum of Wales and was delivered with support from BioWales, the Welsh Government’s Healthcare Technology, Strategy & Innovation Team and Health & Care Research Wales.

Our achievements were recognised in the NHS Collaboration with Industry Award Category for our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team, who have developed the Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation (VIPAR) service to connect standard lung rehabilitation services to local village halls and community independent living centres via video conferencing.

They worked in partnership with Comcen and Polycom to deliver the technical needs for the system.

Commenting on this award Michelle Dunning, Senior Primary Care Locality Manager said “The team are delighted to have won this award. Our project has demonstrated that technology can enhance service delivery especially in rural areas to benefit our citizens.

“Working with the Bevan Commission and in partnership with industry has brought the concept of virtual service delivery to life. The support from Matthew Sims (Comcen) has been invaluable throughout the project. This really was true collaboration by all involved in the development of the VIPAR service”.

The second award, Research Excellence in NHS Wales was won by our Research and Development Team who developed the LungCAST study, which has the largest cohort in the world looking at the immediate and long-term impact of continued smoking and quitting of patients after a lung cancer diagnosis on survival, quality of life and treatment complications.

We know that 85% of lung cancer diagnoses are caused by smoking, and researchers in this study believe that smoking after diagnosis may affect the course of the condition. The research could help to support patients through specialist smoking cessation advice, to improve quit rates leading to an increase in survival rates.

Professor Keir Lewis head of the Clinical Research Centre said ““We are honoured to win the Research Excellence Award.  Smoking is a major cause of lung cancer and can affect patient outcomes and response to treatment.

“Our dedicated service has been developed in partnership with Swansea University, Public Health Wales and the Wales Cancer Network to support quit attempts and help improve survival in patients with cancer.

Dr Rachel Gemine, Grant and Innovation Manager at Hywel Dda continued “We would like to express our gratitude to all the patients and staff across the UK who have been involved in these studies and thank you to MediWales for the recognition of their hard work and dedication.”

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