Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for the health infrastructure in Wales: investment, implementation, and developing estates and digital technologies to support new models of care

Morning, Wednesday, 27th March 2019

Central Cardiff


This timely conference focuses on priorities for putting in place the infrastructure to support health and social care in Wales.

It takes place with the Welsh Government emphasising the need to organise infrastructure - including digital systems - to support new models of care closer to people’s homes, as set out in its recently published plan for health and social care Healthier Wales.

We expect discussion on how infrastructure investment and deployment can help maximise the value for money of the services provided, strengthen the local financial systems and support community-based decision-making.

Delegates will also consider priorities for investment - with the Welsh Government’s expected review of capital and estates investment - looking at future needs, how capital can be unlocked and the use of assets to drive the transformation programme.

They will also look at the way forward for putting into place effective procurement and project management to ensure the success of programmes.

Further sessions focus on digital infrastructure, examining progress being made in developing a fully integrated national digital architecture that is fit for purpose, user friendly and future-proofed for innovation - and comes as the Public Accounts Committee publishes a report questioning the ability of the healthcare system to deliver digital transformation.

Attendees will also consider key implementation issues including how funding should be directed, ensuring effective working with external partners, preparing the workforce, and what will be required in terms of national leadership. It follows the recent announcement of a new Digital Inclusion and Health programme with funding set aside to develop staff and patient digital proficiency.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Mona Khalid

Vice President, Outcomes Research & Development, International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement

Andrew Griffiths

Chief Information Officer for Health and Director, NHS Wales Informatics Service


Professor Donald Berwick

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School and Member, Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales

Professor Paul Harper

Deputy Head of School and Professor of Operational Research, School of Mathematics, Cardiff University and Director, Health Modelling Centre Cymru

Alison Ward

Chief Executive, Torfaen County Borough Council

Ian Bond

Founder and Chief Executive, Bond Digital Health

Cari-Anne Quinn

Interim Chief Executive, Life Sciences Hub Wales

Dr Sabarna Mukhopadhyay

Founder and Chief Executive, SymlConnect

Donna Hutton

Head of Health, Unison Cymru

Professor Hamish Laing

Professor of Enhanced Innovation, Engagement and Outcomes, School of Management, Swansea University