News & Events

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News

Jan 2022

Health Technology Wales launches search for ideas that could transform social care

Health Technology Wales has embarked on a search for technology with the potential to transform Wales’ social sector. It has launched a social care open topic call requesting that technologies and models of care and support that offer benefits to those who use social care are referred to them for assessment. Health Technology Wales, which appraises evidence and produces national guidance to inform the adoption of technologies within Welsh Care Systems, is inviting people accessing social care, social care professionals, researchers, technology developers and members of the public to submit their ideas by February 25th 2022.

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Jan 2022

‘Advice on Health Technologies’ bulletin published

We’ve published the ‘Advice on Health Technologies’ bulletin to support decision making on health technologies within NHS Wales. The bulletin lists advice and guidance published by us and other health technology assessment (HTA) agencies across the UK and Europe from October to December 2021.

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Jan 2022

HTW publishes Social Care Action Plan

Health Technology Wales (HTW) has published an Action Plan setting out how to adapt its processes for the social care sector. The plan follows the launch of a partnership with Social Care Wales which was set up with the aim of sharing expertise about how HTW can better engage with the social care sector in Wales and ensure its methods meet the sector’s needs.

News

Dec 2021

Life changing device for people with diabetes given green light by Welsh health technology experts

A life-changing’ device for people with diabetes has been recommended for routine use in the Welsh NHS by Health Technology Wales. The FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring device is a sensor worn under the skin to monitor blood sugar levels, enabling diabetes patients to manage their diseases more effectively and without the need for multiple finger prick tests throughout the day.

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Nov 2021

Support programme for carers of people with dementia recommended for use in Wales

A psychological support programme aimed at reducing depression among carers of dementia patients has been recommended for use in Wales by Health Technology Wales. START (STrAtegies for RelaTives), an eight-week programme of psychological support, has been shown to improve quality of life and reduce depression in those caring for people with dementia.

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Nov 2021

Guidance published: Natriuretic peptides to rule-in and rule-out a diagnosis of heart failure in adults in the emergency department setting

We appraised the clinical and cost effectiveness of Natriuretic peptides to rule-in and rule-out a diagnosis of heart failure in adults in the emergency department setting.

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Nov 2021

8 key issues reviewed by the Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre so far

Health Technology Wales is a Collaborating Partner of the  Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre (WCEC) which, since March 2021, has reviewed the COVID-19 research evidence available to make sure decision makers have the most up-to-date evidence to help make key decisions around health and social care policy and practice in Wales. Here are 8 key topics the centre has reviewed so far:

News

Nov 2021

Social care expert appointed as Chair of Stakeholder Forum

An expert in social care has been appointed by Health Technology Wales (HTW) as Chair of its newly formed Stakeholder Forum. Sarah McCarty, who is Director of Improvement and Development at Social Care Wales, will chair the forum which includes representatives from across the health and social care sector in Wales.

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Oct 2021

HTW collaborates with global network of health technology assessment agencies on patient involvement position statement

Health Technology Wales (HTW) has joined forces with health technology assessment agencies across the world to write a position statement on Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) for the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA).