22 Dec 2015 ARCH staff chosen to represent NHS to help shape the future of healthcare in Wales


A GROUP of health professionals from across South West Wales have united to discuss the future of the NHS in Wales in 2016.

Staff from ABMU and Hywel Dda health boards have been selected as Bevan Commission Exemplars.

The Bevan Commission is an impartial advisory group to the Minister for Health and Social Services. It advises on promoting health and health services improvement in Wales.

The Bevan Exemplars are a team of NHS staff who have been chosen by their health boards to help design and develop ideas aimed at improving the care patients receive in Wales.

Exemplars from the ARCH region, which covers the Hywel Dda University Health Board and AMBU Health Board areas, attended their first Bevan session earlier this month at the Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. 

Those representing  Hywel Dda included Anna Tee, Dr Mike Simmons, Sharon Daniel and Rhian Dawson and from ABMU Dr Stephen  Bassett and Rhys Howell.

ABMU’s Rhys Howell said: “We have an opportunity to affect real change in the health service by using the expertise available and  by being given support to help us actually implement our ideas.

“There were many interesting things we covered in the session which will prove very useful and I will be taking that back to my  ABMU colleagues.”

Talks were given at the event  by The Bevan Commission director Helen Howson and Bevan Commissioner Chris Martin.

Commissioner Martin added: “The Exemplars are going to feed through innovative ideas for the Bevan Commission and that will help and support us in giving the right advice to the Health Minister as we try and develop a Prudent Healthcare system and embed it within the NHS within Wales.

“I see the Exemplars as being the eyes and ears of the organisation, to see where good practice is being undertaken, sharing that good practice across Wales, but also giving solutions to problems that have been there for some years. That in turn then will make sure that we provide better care for our patients.”

The Bevan Commission is working alongside  the new ARCH Programme which has been set up by three partners of Hywel Dda and AMBU health boards and Swansea University.

ARCH  (A Regional Collaboration for Health)  is a unique collaboration project which spans the six local authority areas of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea and covers a population of one million people. ARCH aims  to create a healthcare system fit for the 21st Century,  drive investment and create jobs to boost economy of South West Wales and skill up the next generation of clinicians, researchers, academics, innovators and leaders.

Picture Caption: (from left to right) Anna Tee (Hywel Dda), Dr Stephen   Bassett (ABM), Rhys Howell (ABM), Dr Mike Simmons (Hywel Dda), Sharon Daniel (Hywel Dda), Rhian Dawson (Hywel Dda).

For further information:

Emma Bryant

ARCH Communications Manager
Tel: 01639 683672


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