19th September to 21st September

HaCIRIC International Conference 2012 - Cardiff

Transforming Healthcare Infrastructure and Services in an Age of Austerity

Dear colleague, 

You are warmly invited to HaCIRIC’s International Conference 2012 in Cardiff on 19-21 September 2012. The conference will include more than 25 new research presentations plus top level speakers looking at the UK, European and Welsh perspectives of how infrastructural and service innovation can deliver higher quality, more cost-effective healthcare in this age of austerity.

The conference will be opened by Jan Williams OBE, recently appointed chair of NHS Wales’ new healthcare innovations agency. Jan is bringing a team of NHS Wales experts for a special afternoon of workshops where they will join leading HaCIRIC researchers to tackle key Welsh challenges. The 2 hour workshops, led by the joint teams, will share learning from Wales and the HaCIRIC research programme on three priorities: Healthcare Associated Infection; Unscheduled Care; Reconfiguration and Modelling of Services.

Among keynote speakers, Professor Terry Young of the Cumberland Initiative and HaCIRIC’s Professor James Barlow will provide the UK picture. Meanwhile, new thinking from Europe will come from Steve Wright, Executive Director, European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture. The conference, held at the St David’s Hotel and Spa, promises to be an important occasion for networking and knowledge exchange at this key period in the policy cycle. It will include a Gala Dinner on the evening of Thursday 20 September.

For further information and to book your place, please contact:
Bora Trimçev
+44 (0)20 7594 3084

Conference Highlights

20 September: 'Facilitating System-wide Innovation Across Healthcare in Wales.'

The conference is opened by Jan Williams, OBE, Chair, Welsh Health and Wellbeing Best Practice and Innovation Board. The new Board has been created this summer by the Welsh government to facilitate system-wide adoption of evidence-based policy and practice at an organisational level, working with NHS organisations to develop learning, knowledge management and innovation frameworks. Ms Williams was previously Chief Executive of the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare.

20 September: 'Opportunities to improve the quality and reduce the costs of healthcare in a time of austerity.'

Professor Terry Young, Chair of Healthcare Systems, Brunel University delivers a keynote address. Professor Young is also a founder of the Cumberland Initiative, which aims to transform the quality and cost of NHS care delivery through simulation, modelling and systems thinking.

20 September: Workshop: 'Tackling NHS Wales' Big Issues.'

A series of presentations from leaders in NHS Wales and from key HaCIRIC researchers will draw together several of the major challenges facing NHS Wales alongside key learning from the HaCIRIC research programme.

21 September: 'Austerity, Innovation and Reform. European perspectives on capital asset strategy in times of economic uncertainty.'

Steve Wright, Executive Director, ECHAA and Honorary Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The afternoon keynote address will explain new thinking in Europe about innovation and report on infrastructural developments as governments face the challenge of investment in a period when capital is in short supply. ECHAA is a European centre of reference and advice on capital asset strategy to help governments and other agencies to maximize health gain, reduce health inequalities and ensure that services are responsive to the needs and expectations of users.