Research, innovation and improvement is foundational to this but we are yet to really harness it to drive evidence-based change. We have begun to build our hub and in the last year have focused on capturing the vital learning and legacy as a partnership from the experience of responding to the extreme challenges placed on our system by COVID19. This has been important to do, but doesn’t create a sustainable approach to system-wide research, innovation and improvement.
We have witnessed monumental innovation throughout COVID-19, from building a 2000 bed field hospital, to ensuring no-one is homeless. We have done this in extremis however we know our ability to systematically adopt and adapt, spread and scale good practice, no matter what the discipline (clinical, management, leadership) is simply not sufficient
Research, innovation and improvement are also reliant on bringing together traditionally separate elements: clinical practice, industry, business, academia and education. The ability to harness a spark of an idea at the front line and to turn it into something real and impactful takes a whole range of expertise, ingenuity and dogmatic pursuit of something better.
If you want to know more about the RIIC Hub and whether we can help to support your project or idea, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing Elaine.Lewis5@wales.nhs.uk