A MONMOUTHSHIRE project to help treat anxiety in military veterans using virtual reality is being supported by the Bevan Commission.
It is one of 47 projects as part of the Bevan Commission’s Exemplars Programme. 10 of the projects are based in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board region.

The Bevan Commission’s Exemplars Programme is a 12-month scheme in collaboration with health boards and NHS trusts to provide staff with specialist skills and leadership development to deliver improved systems for preventing, diagnosing and treating illness and managing health and care needs.

The projects in this year’s Exemplars programme for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are:

  • A clinical quality reflection and reporting application. Exploration of user acceptance and proof of concept evaluation.
  • Clearing the Tsunami: Reintroducing spirometry testing across primary and community care.
  • TeleOphthalmology NHS Wales.
  • Exploring virtual reality masks for anxiety with military veterans.
  • Transforming children’s physiotherapy services through a partnership approach with MOVE Europe.
  • Digital teaching packages for step down patients to ensure continuity of practice.
  • Heart failure community hub.
  • All Wales cardiac rehabilitation app.
  • VC-Plus package: An advanced training, support and resource service to support clinical decisions on 'digital by default'.
  • Establishment of an online peer wellbeing support network for restorative/reflective supervision.

Helen Howson, director of Bevan Commission, said: “We are proud and excited to be supporting such a wide range of new and different ideas and innovations from people working in health and care across Wales. We hope these will help deliver greener and more sustainable health, reduce waste, connect communities and address backlog.

“Yet at such a critical time for our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, new ideas offer only a small part of the solution. It is the people in the system who put in the hard work to turn those ideas into practical solutions for people in need of care delivering more prudent and improved quality-of=care right across our villages, towns and cities.”


Now it its seventh year, the Exemplars programme has so far supported 250 innovation projects across Wales. It has delivered numerous benefits to people and patients and increased capacity and confidence for change and innovation in primary care, in the community and in hospitals.