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Developing a National Research and Evidence Base for the Health and Wellbeing Chapter of the Welsh Government’s 2023 Innovation Strategy for Wales: A Case Study

Thomas James, Daniel Rees Orcid Logo, Roderick Thomas Orcid Logo, Gareth Davies Orcid Logo, Lisa Rinaldi, Edward Miller

Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Part 1, Volume: 18, Issue: 1, Pages: 409 - 417

Swansea University Authors: Daniel Rees Orcid Logo, Roderick Thomas Orcid Logo, Gareth Davies Orcid Logo, Lisa Rinaldi, Edward Miller

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This paper presents research informing the Welsh Government’s (WG) Health and Wellbeing chapter of the newInnovation Strategy for Wales (ISW). WG recognises the need for a cross portfolio Innovation Strategy to bring greatercoherence and alignment to our existing Welsh health and social care innovat...

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Published in: Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Part 1
ISBN: 978-1-914587-82-5 978-1-914587-83-2
ISSN: 2049-1050 2049-1069
Published: Reading, UK Academic Conferences International Limited 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa64612
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Abstract: This paper presents research informing the Welsh Government’s (WG) Health and Wellbeing chapter of the newInnovation Strategy for Wales (ISW). WG recognises the need for a cross portfolio Innovation Strategy to bring greatercoherence and alignment to our existing Welsh health and social care innovation ecosystem, particularly in a post EUenvironment. This approach aims to support greater collaboration between healthcare, industry, academia and the thirdsector to deliver greater impact and value (Davies et al, 2021) by developing, sharing and adopting innovative practice,leadership and skills development and supporting new technology development (WG, 2018). As part of the developmentprocess, key stakeholders were identified as part of an innovation ‘push’ and innovation ‘pull’ nexus (Chesbrough, 2003) approach. Organisations were categorised into domains of health and social care providers, innovation infrastructure,technology platforms, innovation centres, and partnerships across Wales’s health and life sciences ecosystem. A qualitative,action research led approach was used to derive the key themes supporting development of the ISW health chapter. Multi-sector consultations were conducted with experts from various fields, including health, social, care, research, andtechnology. Our analysis of qualitative data collected through an extensive consultation process led to the emergence of areas of prioritisation for the ISW. Three areas of prioritisation were identified in the analysis: Creating coherency across the innovation ecosystem, where every partner understands their role. Focusing innovation activity on NHS Wales organisationalneeds/priorities, generating ‘Innovation Pull’. Creating an ‘adoption ready’ pipeline of innovation externally into health and social care at scale, creating an ‘Innovation Push’ offer. The ISW aims to create the optimal conditions for an innovation ecosystem underpinned by clear infrastructure and a robust policy framework, which has the full support from health and social care leadership, to create a culture of innovation at all levels of the health and social care system. The ISW was launched on 27th February 2023, with full political support from the Welsh Government Cabinet; a majority Labour party government supported by the Plaid Cymru party, as part of the Welsh Government’s 2021 election cooperation agreement.
Keywords: Innovation, Innovation Ecosystem, Wales, Healthcare Innovation, Innovation Strategy, Innovation management
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue: 1
Start Page: 409
End Page: 417