Evaluating our impact
Health Technology Wales is committed to monitoring and evaluating our work. To do this, we developed an Evaluation Plan and processes to capture data, monitor our outcomes and evaluate what difference our work makes.
Here are some key HTW achievements to date:
Latest case studies
As part of a pilot of the Health Technology Wales (HTW) Scientific Advice Service, we undertook a consultation with a company that requested an assessment, Rescape Innovation.
We trialled the HTW Scientific Advice Service with a cohort of Bevan Health Technology Exemplars (HTE), a group of innovative ideas chosen by the Bevan Commission to be turned into practice.
Our researchers have produced multiple, high-level evidence-based reports for COVID-19 health technologies, known as Topic Exploration Reports (TERs). One of these TERs looked at using hydrogen peroxide vapour to reprocess and decontaminate single-use personal protective equipment (PPE).
“HTW’s delivery has been really impressive. HTW has remained absolutely focussed on its core purpose delivering a rapid streamlined approach to the identification, appraisal and adoption of health and care technologies in Wales. This and the open call methodology has ensured really strong stakeholder relationships, and agile delivery, particularly in response to the pandemic, where HTW made an important contribution.”
Ifan Evans, Former Welsh Government Director for Technology, Digital and Transformation
"The HTW colleagues that I worked with were highly professional, had an incredible amount of expertise and were very easy to work with. They replied to requests very fast, tried to meet deadlines and were reliable.”
Sabine Ettinger, Researcher & Scientific Project Manager, EUnetHTA
"NICE Scientific Advice has worked with HTW on delivery of the META Tool Medtech assessments and rapid advice around digital health technologies being developed for COVID indications. Our interactions have proved effective and informative to all parties. We value this developing relationship and look forward to future collaborative working with HTW."
NICE Scientific Advice,
"As part of the wider response to Covid-19, there has been an upturn in the demand for (very) rapid evidence reviews of Covid-19-related technologies. Through shared outputs and close working, our collaboration with HTW has been incredibly helpful in ensuring that we maximise our evidence contribution whilst avoid duplication of effort!"
Ed Clifton, Unit Head, Scottish Health Technologies Group
"HTW’s contributions were of the highest quality, very insightful, accurate, and on time! I cannot emphasize how much the expert contributions has been instrumental in this work. Thank you, HTW!"
Tara Schuller, Executive Manager, International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA)
"The HTW report detailed the evidence base regarding residual hydrogen peroxide vapour... This informed the deliberations of the four nations group looking at potential solutions to enable reprocessing of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). HTW’s flexible and responsive attitude was much appreciated in undertaking this research."
Pete Philips, Director, Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory
"Many thanks for this very helpful input this year... it has certainly improved the robustness of the decisions and also informed us where the gaps in evidence are."
Helen Howson, Director, Bevan Commission
"We have been alerted to your excellent evidence review on the effectiveness of COVID-19 PCR [polymerase chain reaction] and antibody tests. We appreciate being able to signpost to this and draw on its conclusions."
Debbie Sigerson, Programme Manager, Public Health Scotland
"I welcome the progress made by Health Technology Wales in its first year. They are delivering high-quality evidence-informed advice to our health boards on a range of non-medicine technologies. This is important work that will ensure our health service in Wales is at the forefront of modern technology."
Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services
"A huge amount of value, evidence and rigour was added to the Health Tech Exemplar application and assessment process by having HTW join the panel."
Tom James, Head of Innovation and Industry Engagement, Welsh Government