Welsh Government


The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July this year. It’s the ideal opportunity to celebrate how research has improved and shaped one of the nation’s most loved institutions.

It was also Health and Care Research Wales’ 3rd birthday on 14 May, and International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May, so we have a lot to celebrate throughout early summer. 

#TeamResearch aims to celebrate, and spread the word about, the world-class research that is taking place in Wales, learn more about the campaign here.

Below you will find all of our #TeamResearch stories reflecting on past NHS research, and looking forward to the research of the future. You can also view our 3rd birthday stories, find ways to get involved, and meet our #TeamResearch supporters. 

Keep checking here for the latest news from #TeamResearch. 

Celebrate with #TeamResearch

The NHS has been saving lives for 70 years, to celebrate #TeamResearch member ,and BAFTA award winning animating director, Tom Edgar, talks about his experiences of our National Health Service: 

Get involved

Join the celebrations by using #TeamResearch alongside #NHS70 and #NHS70Cymru on social media. 

We all have an NHS story, what's yours?  

Help us to celebrate the NHS` 70th birthday by sharing your memories of NHS research from the last seven decades. 

International Clinical Trials day 2018

20 May 2018 marks 271 years since the start of the first clinical trial on board the HMS Salisbury. 

Our 3rd birthday

Look back over Health and Care Research Wales` first three years and read our research highlights.

Health and Care Research Wales birthday message

A message from Jon Bisson, Director of Health and Care Research Wales (2015 - 2018).

Wales’ pivotal role in world’s largest clinical trial

The Wales Cancer Bank, the nation’s facility for storing blood and tissue samples from cancer patients for use in research, has a crucial role in the world’s largest clinical trial.

Wales’ leading research into global treatment for veterans

Researchers in Wales are leading the way to find a new first line therapy for veterans around the world affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Wales champions public involvement in research

Health and Care Research Wales is driving forward public involvement in research, to make sure it’s relevant to people’s needs and concerns.

Looking back

Health and Care Research Wales reflects upon the key health and social care research developments of the last 70 years.

Wales’ rich heritage of research excellence

As a miner’s lamp makes its way around Wales to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we reflect on a pioneering study of Welsh miners’ lung disease from that time that changed the face of public health forever.

Wales’ international leadership in critical care research

Only one in ten current critical care treatments are based on the best quality evidence, partially due to the challenges of conducting research trials in emergency situations.

How Wales gave ordinary people a vital say in research

When Barbara Moore started her nursing career in the 1970s, health and social care research wasn’t a big feature in her training manual, it wasn’t anything like we know today.

Wales champions innovation and research development

Across the NHS in Wales there are extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. As the NHS’ 70th birthday approaches we talk with some of those people.

Everyday care in Wales made possible through research

Over the last 70 years of the NHS, research has given us things that we might take for granted today but they all started out as ideas.

The cancer ‘wonder drug’ still changing lives in Wales

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is devastating news, and for women with the most aggressive form there used to be just a 50 per cent chance of surviving. But in 2002 that all changed.

Wales leading the way in organ donation

In 2015 Wales became the first UK country to switch from a system of people opting into organ donation, to an opt-out system in which everyone in Wales is presumed to support organ donation unless they express that they do not want to be a donor.

The Future

What might health and social care research achieve over the next 70 years?  

Wales improves the health of future generations

Wales is leading the way in combating childhood obesity now and for future generations as research finds better ways of enabling children and young people to lead healthy lives, contributing to a healthier, more active Wales.

Future proofing research in Wales

"Wales is a nation looking to the future on every front." A message from Jon Bisson, Director of Health and Care Research Wales. 

The Welsh researchers looking for global answers

As we look ahead to the next 70 years of the NHS, we explore a new approach that could transform the way we manage infectious disease outbreaks and ensure that evidence-based treatments are used to save lives.

Wales heads transformational data research

Wales is at the forefront of efforts to use health data in research to advance our health and care. At the heart of this is our world-class, world leading health centre, a cornerstone of UK-wide health data research efforts.

How researchers in Wales are looking beyond the medicine cabinet to improve the lives of those living with dementia

As the number of people over 65 in Wales grows faster than anywhere else in the UK, research is rising to the challenge of helping ensure good physical, mental and social wellbeing into retirement and beyond.

Wales’ role in the genomic revolution

As the NHS marks its 70th anniversary, we look at Wales’ pioneering role in this type of ‘precision medicine’ – and what this might mean for us all in the future.

Welsh innovation changing the future of health care research

Ever faster advances in technology have transformed every aspect of our lives in the 70 years since the NHS was born, none more so than in the NHS itself.

Supporting #TeamResearch 

Members of #TeamResearch share their thoughts about research over the next 70 years. 

Thank you!

As our #TeamResearch campaign draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the celebrations, and the extraordinary people making the extraordinary happen in research then, now, and in the future.

#TeamResearch - We couldn’t have done it without you!