Do you know a non-medicine health technology or innovative project that can improve the quality of care in Wales?
Anyone can suggest a non-medicine health technology to Health Technology Wales, an organisation that supports the identification, appraisal and adoption of non-medicine health technologies into Welsh health and care settings.
These submissions are called ‘topics’ and they can come from all sorts of places, including; patients, members of the public, NHS Wales or industry itself.
What are non-medicine health technologies?
Health Technology Wales’ remit includes (but isn’t limited to) medical devices, procedures, rehabilitation, therapies and models of care.
These technologies can vary from relatively simple items like wound dressings, through to complex robotic surgical equipment. They can even include digital technologies like smart phone apps, which are used by most people on a daily basis.
How can I submit a topic?
Health Technology Wales recently held an Open Topic Call in March and April 2019. This was an awareness raising campaign to attract topic submissions and plan the work programme for the year ahead.
However, Health Technology Wales accepts topic submissions at any time of the year! If you have a non-medicine health technology or innovative project you think Health Technology Wales could look at, then visit www.healthtechnology.wales to take the next steps.
What happens after I submit a topic?
Initially, the Health Technology Wales team will do a brief literature search to see if there’s enough evidence to appraise the technology and produce a Topic Exploration Report. This helps to decide whether the topic is appropriate to add to the work programme for a full appraisal.
When added to the work programme, the team and multi-disciplinary groups will conduct a health technology assessment. This is a full appraisal of the best available evidence and expertise.
Health Technology Wales is funded by Welsh Government and hosted within Velindre University NHS Trust but is independent of both. It also acts as an initial point of contact, or ‘front door’, for technology developers and industry.
Non-medicine health and care technologies make a real difference to people’s lives in Wales. Do you know a non-medicine technology that Health Technology Wales could appraise? Anyone can suggest a topic at www.healthtechnology.wales.