CATALYSE 2023: NHS Wales, academia, and industry co-creating the future of health technology


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) will host a symposium on Wednesday, October 25, on the theme of Co-creating the Future of Health Technology.

CATALYSE 2023: NHS Wales, academia, and industry co-creating the future of health technology

The CATALYSE 2023 event is held in collaboration with Hywel Dda University Health Board and its TriTech Institute, along with a host of invited speakers.  The symposium is free of charge and it takes place from 9am until 5pm at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre and it will also be live streamed.

The keynote address will be given by Dr Rob Orford,  Chief Scientific Adviser for Health (CSA-H) for Welsh Government, following a welcome by Professor Elwen Evans KC, UWTSD’s Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Phil Kloer, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Hywel Dda University Health Board.

The symposium’s four themed sessions will include presentations on Co-creation and Partnerships; Immersive Technology; Medical Technology; and Digital Technology and Big Data, with invited speakers from Wales’s health and higher education sectors, and UK and internationally based enterprises including Bloom Standard Inc, USA and Cyberdyne Inc, Japan.

Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW), the national organisation building and designing digital services for health and care in Wales, will explore a data hackathon challenge as part of the symposium’s programme, during the Digital Technology and Big Data session.

DHCW will host the hackathon event in the near future, in which teams will be challenged to tackle specific problems and provide new insights in the area of healthcare, based on data which is routine collected by the NHS. 

It is hoped suggestions for hackathon challenges will be put forward and then discussed at the symposium, with DHCW’s ambition to bring information specialists and researchers together with the key decision-makers within NHS Wales.

Digital Health Ecosystem Wales (DHEW), a collaboration between Life Sciences Hub Wales and Digital Health and Care Wales, brings together industry, clinicians, policy makers, academics, innovators and funders to create an environment of digital innovation in Welsh healthcare.

In a dedicated session around Immersive Technology, the DHEW team will highlight a new initiative to establish a pan-Wales special interest group in this field.

Professor Elwen Evans, KC, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD, said: “We are delighted to partner with Hywel Dda University Health Board and the TriTech Institute for this exciting symposium, and to welcome Digital Health and Care Wales and Digital Health Ecosystem Wales to lead two of the sessions, which again strengthens our collaborative links. 

“It is an excellent opportunity to showcase how collaboration between academia, NHS Wales, and industry can deliver real benefits and better outcomes for patients, as well as drive economic growth. 

“This collaborative and applied approach is central to the University’s research and innovation strategy, and it highlights the vital role that universities play in driving innovation in Wales and beyond, securing our future prosperity.”

Professor Phil Kloer, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Our partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David goes from strength to strength. 

“The CATALYSE symposium and our collaborative efforts in respect of the TriTech Institute provide perhaps the best examples of what can be achieved when the NHS, universities, and industry collaborate to improve healthcare and patient outcomes. 

“We will only confront the health challenges we face as a nation if we embrace both technical and social innovation.  CATALYSE 2023 provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Professor Chris Hopkins, Head of Innovation and the TriTech Institute, Hywel Dda University Health Board, and ATiC Clinical Director, UWTSD, said: “This third symposium exemplifies how health boards, social care, academia, and industry can work in partnership to develop and evaluate innovative technologies, to understand if improved safety, efficiencies, and better patient outcomes can be delivered at scale.

“We are delighted to be working with all partners, sharing, and learning how we can all add value together for our communities across Wales.”

Dr Sean Jenkins, Associate Professor and ATiC Research Director, UWTSD, said: “This third ATiC symposium builds on the success of our inaugural event in 2019 and our 2022 symposium, which reflected on the impact and legacy of the Accelerate Wales programme, of which ATiC was a partner in from 2018-2022.

“This new CATALYSE event, which we envisage will become an annual collaborative conference, will welcome speakers and delegates from across Welsh Government, health boards, enterprise, and academia. 

“It promises to be an exciting, thought-provoking event, showcasing examples of recent and current collaboration, and stimulating opportunities for future possibilities to co-create the future of health technology.”

Note to Editor


  • ATiC, UWTSD, is a proud academic partner of the TriTech Institute, a venture by Hywel Dda University Health Board offering specific services in innovative healthcare solutions. Visit
  • ATiC was a partner in the Accelerate Wales programme from 2018-2022, which was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Welsh Funding Office (WEFO), Welsh Government’s Health and Social Services group, universities, Life Science Hub Wales (programme lead), and the health boards. The ultimate aim of Accelerate was to create lasting economic value for Wales.

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