Who We Are

The Dragon’s Heart Institute has been developed by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to spearhead innovation and to act as a catalyst for change across public services to improve the lives of citizens in Cardiff, Wales and beyond.

Innovation in health is about doing things differently for the benefit of our people and our planet. We want to meet highest expectations rather than minimum standards, foster a culture that is not afraid of change, and work to eradicate health inequalities: bringing great care everywhere.

We are a space for system leaders to come together in order to develop their skills, knowledge, and ability to spread and scale their innovative ideas. Empowering tomorrow’s leaders will ensure that our healthcare system serves the needs of current and future generations in a sustainable way.

What we do

Think

Excite

Using academic excellence and extensive research capabilities, we tackle the biggest challenges facing healthcare.

Do

Ignite

We nurture, support and empower our leaders to develop and implement innovative solutions at pace and scale.

Network

Unite

We bring together world-leading researchers, industry partners, and healthcare professionals to work collaboratively to create change and impact.

WE

Our Mission

The Dragon’s Heart Institute has been developed by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to spearhead innovation and to act as a catalyst for change across public services to improve the outcomes for citizens in Cardiff, Wales and beyond. The Institute will support the UHB to become one of the leading health and care systems in the world.

It will be a place for people to come to from around the world, to learn from a radical global collective of great leaders and powerful partnerships. Collectively, we will solve the greatest issues we face.

We will build a radical network of excellence for dynamism and collaboration, in this time of disruption and rediscovery, not just in health but across industry, academia and public service in Wales, the UK and globally.

We will recognise reward and nurture those great leaders in play and in development, in Wales and wider who will provide the answer to challenges such as reimagining health and care, tackling poverty and disease, and promoting peace, justice, and equity.

 

Where we’ve come from

The Dragon’s Heart Institute finds its origins in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s response to COVID-19 and the construction of the Dragon’s Heart Hospital. However, the spirit of the Dragon’s Heart – collaboration, radical ideas, and collective leadership – was present across the whole system as staff worked together in new and innovative ways at all levels and in all departments of the Health Board.

The  COVID-19 pandemic, when it arrived in early 2020, forced us  to adapt in order to effectively respond to this once-in-a-lifetime event. The pandemic is perhaps the single biggest challenge that the NHS has faced in its seven-decade lifetime.

Rising to the challenges of  COVID-19, staff at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board came together, mobilised like never before, and found new ways of working to maintain our essential services.

We exist to capture that momentum and take the first step into the future of health and care.

 

Our People & Partners