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About The Bevan Commission

The Bevan Commission is Wales’ leading health and care think tank, hosted and supported by Swansea University.

Working within a complex health and care system, our vision is simple – a prudent and sustainable national health and care service to meet the needs of all citizens that remains true to its original values, as established by NHS founder Aneurin Bevan.

Our mission is to challenge thinking and practice in health and care, creating a growing movement for change with the people in the system and those who use the system. We work to grow and embed this movement within and between organisations in three ways:

We challenge

We harness independent and new insights to challenge policy and practice, acting as ‘critical friends’ to help leaders make informed decisions on health and care in Wales, across the UK and beyond.

We change

We support individuals and teams to design, try out, test and deliver new methodologies and approaches to transform health and care.

We champion

We champion the adopt and spread of innovative ways of working through research, training and wider exploratory and collaborative work, with a wide range of local, national and international stakeholders.

The Bevan Commission was originally established in 2008 by Professor Sir Mansel Aylward to provide advice and consensus on health and care-related matters to the Welsh Government. It is made up of an independent panel of 24 internationally renowned expert Commissioners who give their time freely to Wales. These are drawn from a variety of disciplines including industry, NHS, local government, armed forces, academia and the third sector.

We are committed to ensuring Wales can achieve its ambition of building sustainable, integrated health and care services that meet the needs of people across our villages, towns and cities, positioning Wales amongst the best systems in the world.

We continue to draw upon the expertise and insights of the Bevan Commissioners, and have evolved to apply our thinking and learning to facilitate and guide health and care transformation in organisations across Wales and internationally. Bevan Commission thinking now influences national governments and health systems across Europe, Australasia and North America.