Why do we need to map Research, Innovation and Improvement projects?

The health and social care sector in Wales plays a critical role in improving and sustaining populating health and wellbeing, in addition to influencing the impact of employment, education, housing, social inequalities and economic growth.

However, to meet the needs of the existing population, it’s important we evaluate and review what models of health and social care are working, and which are not.

We commissioned the Health Technology Centre at Swansea University to undertake a mapping exercise  to provide an overview of the health and social care Research, Innovation and Improvement landscape across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region. 

The report presents findings and potential future opportunities for regional stakeholders to explore further.

Health and Social Care Research, Innovation and Improvement Landscape report

The summary report is available to read here.

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What does the report show?

The research details current and recent examples of RII activities across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region, spanning Primary and Community Care, Secondary Care, Social Care, Academic and Third Sector settings.

Examples of such activity include:

  • new models of service provision
  • innovative approaches to workforce re-design
  • both basic and applied health and social care research
  • new approaches to integrated working and sharing of best practice and the design
  • implementation of new products, processes and services

This research helps to inform how future health and social care funding is allocated, and what new services and innovations are improving the wellbeing of our communities. 

It also provides resources to identify good practice and even potential opportunities to accelerate projects that are working successfully and benefitting communities. 

 

Dr Tom Howson, Innovation Technologist, Swansea University

"Working alongside the Cwm Taf Morgannwg RIIC to map all Health and Social Care related Research, Innovation and Improvement (RII) activity in the region has detailed a high complex and diverse regional RII landscape.

"This possesses both significant potential and opportunity to drive positive transformation across Health and Care services in Cwm Taf Morgannwg, and in turn, support improved health, wellbeing and prosperity of its regional population.

"It is hoped that insight and understanding drawn from the findings of this research study will be used to inform the future strategic direction of the CTM RIICH by providing an evidence base from which priorities can be established, regional strategies derived and collaborative partnerships initiated as part of a wider movement to drive positive change."