Welsh Government

Support and Delivery annual event 2018


Our second annual Support and Delivery event took place last week (15 March 2018), with over 200 people from across Support and Delivery in Wales attending to be updated on the latest news and progress across the service.

Dr Nicola Williams, Director of Support and Delivery, introduced the day, looking back to last year’ event when we launched our 2017-22 strategic framework, and reviewing the work that has been delivered over the past twelve months, in line with our strategic aims.

The day also saw the introduction of an interim step to support the 4 Nations implementation of the Local Information Pack. The new policy will support study set-up across the UK, making it easier to work collaboratively and undertake cross-border research in the UK. Matthew Harris, Research Engagement Lead, Support & Delivery Centre, spoke about the interim step that will be taken in Wales, ahead of full implantation later in 2018. You can find more information here

Delegates had the opportunity to attend two workshops which they selected from a variety of topics covering personal development opportunities and advice about topical research subjects.




In the afternoon, we heard from Emma Mills, Clinical research midwife & Louise Taylor, Consultant midwife, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, about C Stitch, a study that is currently open, looking at whether suture material makes a difference in cerclage procedures. Emma and Louise gave an insight into their experience as researchers and shared with the audience stories from women who have taken part in the study.

The day ended with an address from Academi Wales Director, Jo Hicks, on applied Positive Psychology – an engaging and interesting talk, which left many of us with much food for thought.

The presentations from the event are all available here:

Strengthening Support & Delivery – Dr Nicola Williams, Director of Support & Delivery

Health and Care Research Wales: how far we’ve come – Professor Jon Bisson, Director of Health and Care Research Wales (2015 - 2018) 

Supporting study set-up across the UK – Matthew Harris, Research Engagement Lead, Support & Deliver Centre

Measures & Metrics – Beverly Luchmun, Head of NHS R&D Performance and Delivery, Welsh Government

The study – C Stitch from the perspective of the midwife PI, research midwife and patient – Emma Mills, Clinical research midwife & Louise Taylor, Consultant midwife, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Applied Positive Psychology – Jo Hicks, Academi Wales Director


Award Winners

Entries for the Support and Delivery Impact Award 2018 were invited from individuals and teams working across Support and Delivery.

The winners were:


Public Impact Award – Health and Care Research Wales communications team, for the development of the ‘What is research?’ video.


Research Community Impact Award - Jenna Edwards, Oncology Research Officer, AMBU, for the admission alert she developed to notify trial teams when trial patients were admitted into ABMU hospitals. Jenna was not able to collect her award on the day because her baby arrived early, so a colleague collected on her behalf.


Staff Impact Award -  Helen Goldring, Research Nurse, ABMU, for driving forward a belief in a vision, a desire to succeed and a can do attitude, connecting departments and staff in working towards a common goal to develop high quality research


Thank you to all who attended the event.