Welcome to the

Dragon's Heart Institute

Our story

The COVID-19 pandemic posed one of the most significant challenges to the health system in Wales since the founding of the NHS: a challenge that inspired leadership, innovation, and spirit on a monumental scale across the NHS, its partners and our communities the likes of which had never been seen before.

Born out of the healthcare system in Wales, the birthplace of the NHS, the Dragon’s Heart Institute is ideally placed to grow an ecosystem of innovation, develop relationships with research and industry partners, and create world-leading services for the people of Wales and beyond.

The Dragon’s Heart Institute will be the home of innovation, excellence, leadership development and collaboration for the future of the health and care system in Wales, the UK and the world.

Our mission

To create a world-leading integrated health and social care system to solve 21st-century healthcare challenges.

Our work

Health innovation for people and the planet.

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Director for Improvement and Innovation

Jonathon has over twenty years of experience in the field of health, and is an expert in healthcare improvement and innovative service development.

He is the Director of Improvement and Innovation at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

He was also the executive lead for the development and build of Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig  – the Dragon’s Heart Hospital.