Access to clinical expertise is an essential part of the product development process for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

We work very closely with the NHS and Health Boards, and many of the clinical research departments are active members of MediWales.

Access to clinical expertise is an essential part of the product development process for medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and supporting clinical innovation is a high priority for MediWales. We collaborate regularly with the NHS, and academic and research groups to facilitate industry access to appropriate clinical expertise.

Through collaborating with the Welsh NHS, MediWales created the first All Wales NHS Collaboration Conference. Launched in 2016, this annual event brings together health boards and trusts to highlight and showcase the excellent work and research being carried out by the health and care communities in Wales. It is an excellent opportunity for industry to connect with frontline NHS staff and create valuable connections within the healthcare sector.

MediWales also holds various clinical unmet need events to help improve clinical innovation.

There are a number of other organisations which support clinical access.

The Bill Mapleson Centre, founded by Consultant Anaesthetist and MediWales Director, Professor Judith Hall OBE, is a state of the art centre for clinical training, medical equipment development and innovation. It collaborates extensively with the NHS and industry in developing innovative solutions to clinical problems, and successfully attracts major innovation funding.

Health and Care Research Wales provides centralised support for the health and social care research community in Wales. They have dedicated services to facilitate an increase in commercial research in health and social care in Wales, particularly through strong industry engagement.

Health Technology Wales is responsible for delivering a strategic, national approach to the identification, appraisal and adoption of new health technologies into health and care settings across NHS Wales. HTW is the Front Door to NHS Wales, signposting technology developers to initiatives to support technology evaluation and optimisation over the life cycle of the technology. It is responsible for appraisals of the clinical and cost effectiveness of health technologies that are not medicines in Wales, working with, but independently of NHS Wales.

For advice on how to access appropriate clinical expertise in Wales please contact