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From Life Sciences Hub Wales, Healthy Thinking is a podcast bringing new perspectives from leading thinkers in health and care innovation. We’ll hear from key innovators, leaders and influencers who demonstrate a commitment to transforming health and social care services through the implementation of innovative solutions.

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From Life Sciences Hub Wales, Healthy Thinking is a podcast bringing new perspectives from leading thinkers in health and care innovation. We’ll hear from key innovators, leaders and influencers who demonstrate a commitment to transforming health and social care services through the implementation of innovative solutions.

    Coronavirus - The Response From Welsh Industry

    Coronavirus - The Response From Welsh Industry

    Covid-19 has ushered in a new era of urgent innovation and with it, a new way of working and collaborating. In this podcast, Life Sciences Hub Wales’ Deputy Chair Chris Martin hears from two people at the heart of this response.

    Pryderi ap Rhisiart - managing director of the Menai Science Park, M-Sparc on Anglesey - discusses the pioneering work that has been taking place there to tackle the pandemic:

    “The Covid pandemic meant we had to work together, pulling people from different sectors and businesses together, resulting in new innovation…. And the whole community is driving it forward. It’s been quite something to witness it and I’m proud to be in the middle of it,” said Pryderi.

    Amongst a number of new products which have been devised there is a device for opening doors using elbows, a police drone and a revolutionary virus-killing mask or snood.

    The latter was the brainchild of Paul Hope, founder of Virustatic Ltd. The snoods have been scientifically proven in laboratory tests as effective against SARS-CoV-2 at a cellular level. Since March the company has ramped up the production from a weekly run of 40,000 to 400,000 a week.

    Lucy Hope - Paul’s daughter - is communications director at Virustatic tells us more on the podcast: “Being in Wales and based in M-Sparc...experiencing the willingness to collaborate and innovate together because of the adversity, is like nothing we have ever experienced before.”

    • 25 min
    How to Spread and Scale - The Billions Institute Story

    How to Spread and Scale - The Billions Institute Story

    In the first of a two-part story, Cari-Anne Quinn tells the story of the Spread and Scale Academy; a groundbreaking, immersive programme geared to give innovators the tools they need to lead adoption at scale across their organisation, region or across Wales and beyond.

    In this episode, we hear from Joe McCannon and Becky Margiotta, founders of the US-based company, The Billions Institute, who led the Academy. Since 2015, their company has created transformational learning experiences for over 500 foundation and non-profit executives who are leading large-scale change efforts in the social sector. Joe McCannon says, “To do this big change work, you have to be operating at a very high level personally, everything is about relationships.”

    The Billions Institute is the pioneer of the Model for Unleashing, which encourages innovators to ‘Dig Deep’ into their motivation for change and ‘Dream Big’ about where they’d like to take their project. “It's really breaking beyond the confines of what you can do with the resources you have and flipping it to thinking of what needs to be done and how can we get there?”, says Becky Margiotta, who created and led the 100,000 Homes campaign, that mobilized 186 cities to house 105,000 people off their streets in just four years.

    More than 50 delegates came to the Life Sciences Hub Wales in Cardiff in 2019, to attend the Spread and Scale Academy. We’ll hear their story in the next episode.

    • 26 min
    How to Spread and Scale - Attending the Academy

    How to Spread and Scale - Attending the Academy

    More than 50 delegates from the NHS teams Wales and across the UK came to the Life Sciences Hub Wales in 2019 to attend the inaugural Spread and Scale Academy - a groundbreaking, immersive programme geared to give innovators the tools they need to lead adoption at scale across their organisation, region or across Wales and beyond.

    In the second of a two-part story, Chief Executive of Life Sciences Hub Wales, Cari-Anne Quinn meets the delegates who were learning how to ‘dig deep’ and ‘think big’ from the leaders of the Academy, Joe McCannon and Becky Margiotta, founders of the US-based company, the Billions Institute.

    • 24 min
    Providing PPE and Getting It Right

    Providing PPE and Getting It Right

    The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has placed an unprecedented demand on the provision of Personal Protective Equipment for frontline health and social care workers. Offers of help have been pouring in and Life Sciences Hub Wales has been appointed by Welsh Government to collate and offer guidance to businesses offering their services to support NHS Wales.

    In this podcast, presented by Life Sciences Hub Wales’ deputy Chair Chris Martin, we’ll hear from a panel of experts recorded at a recent event who explain what manufacturers need to do - and consider - in order to effectively and safely produce and supply PPE products to the NHS.

    • 37 min
    Accelerating Innovation in Healthcare

    Accelerating Innovation in Healthcare

    If you're an entrepreneur with an exciting new product or service that you think might benefit patients, where do you turn to for expert advice and support?

    In this episode of Healthy Thinking, we find out about Accelerate - a pioneering collaboration between Life Sciences Hub Wales and Welsh universities. The programme does what it says on the tin - it accelerates up the innovation process by offering bespoke research, access to clinicians and patients and development expertise to enterprises.

    Head of Life Sciences Wales’ Accelerate programme, Keith Palmer talks to three members of the programme who are passionate about developing innovation in the healthcare sector: Dr Sean Jenkins of University of Wales Trinity St David, Barbara Coles from Cardiff University and Dr. Natalie de Mello HTC Senior Innovation Technologist at Swansea University.

    “We love innovators," says Natalie, "we have four partners with a huge wealth of experience and it means that at every stage of development from bench-testing to bedside, you have somebody who can help.”

    • 27 min
    Joint Working - Industry’s Role in Healthcare

    Joint Working - Industry’s Role in Healthcare

    Cari-Anne Quinn turns her focus to industry in this episode to understand how the private sector can work together with the NHS in order to improve patient outcomes.

    Healthy Thinking visits Zimmer Biomet, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical implants. And it’s a demand area. Nearly 200,000 hip and knee operations were performed in Wales, England and Northern Ireland in 2017. The hips and knees produced at the company’s Bridgend plant - its second-largest in Europe - are shipped across the world.

    But the company is going further, working hand in hand with hospitals’ orthopaedic teams to improve patient experience during their hospital stay and to help reduce costs.

    “We know that those processes can be very inefficient.” said Ruth Griffiths, UK Lead ZB Connect Signature Solutions, “Hospitals are only places you should come to when you have to come to them. I think that any pathway optimization programme will deliver significant returns that will help the hospital to be able to deliver care to the wider community, reducing their waiting lists and reducing their cost per patient.”

    We visit Wrexham Maelor Hospital in northeast Wales which worked with the company to help reduce the length of stay for orthopaedic patients.

    Neil Windsor, head of innovation at Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, ran the pilot, which involved taking patients through a ‘joint school’ before they were operated on: “The main premise of the programme was if we psychologically prepare the patients for surgery, that outcomes will be better, length of stay will be reduced,”.

    “Almost overnight we’d halved length to stay.” Neil continued, “Interestingly, clinical complications weren't increased whatsoever. We had no increase in readmission rates as a consequence for the earlier discharge. Patients loved it.”

    “Collaborative working between industry and the healthcare providers can make a huge difference,” says Cari-Anne Quinn, podcast presenter and Chief Executive of Life Sciences Hub Wales, "It can mean that Health Boards can deliver more with less to improve the quality of care for Welsh patients”.

    • 19 min

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