Health Technology Wales (HTW) is a national body working to improve the quality of care in Wales. We collaborate with partners across health, social care and the technology sectors to ensure an all-Wales approach. We are funded by Welsh Government and hosted within NHS Wales, but independent of both. Our remit covers any health technology that isn’t a medicine, such as medical devices, surgical procedures, psychological therapies, tele-monitoring or rehabilitation.

Our work currently focuses on three key areas:

1. Identification

We undertake ‘horizon scanning’ to identify upcoming technologies that are expected to have a major impact on future health and care in Wales and are responsive to the needs and interests of service users, health and care providers and technology partners across Wales.

We also support technology innovation and development in Wales by acting as an initial contact point for technology developers. Our Signposting Group directs technology innovators to the relevant organisations within Wales who can provide advice and support.

Responsive to the needs of service users, healthcare providers and technology developers across Wales.

2. Appraisal

We assess non-medicine health and care technologies and issue independent, authoritative guidance based on the best available evidence and expertise. We appraise technologies throughout their lifecycle, from innovation to obsolescence.

Our work informs commissioning by NHS Wales and care providers and supports decision makers to make evidence-informed decisions on both technology investments and disinvestments.


Collaborative working with people across the health, social care and technology sectors.

3. Adoption

We aim to improve the quality of health and social care in Wales, by assessing the value and optimising the use of clinically- and cost-effective healthcare technologies. We monitor the adoption of our guidance, and guidance from other organisations, across all of the Welsh health boards. This not only includes uptake of new health technologies, but also disinvestment in current health technologies that are found to be less effective or obsolete.

 

Authoritative guidance to promote use of health technologies that offer the most benefit for the people of Wales.

HTW Leadership

Peter Groves

Health Technology Wales Chair

Dr Peter Groves

Biography >
X Peter is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Wales. He is also Chair of the MHRA Devices Expert Advisory Committee and the NICE Medical Technologies Advisory Committee, and has a great interest in the regulation and health technology assessment of innovative medical devices in the context of the UK NHS. Peter is committed to teaching and research, and has published widely on the scientific basis for medical technology development and utilisation.

Health Technology Wales Director

Dr Susan Myles

Biography >
X Susan has been engaged in applied health technology assessment for 25 years. Before joining Health Technology Wales, she led the development and work of the Scottish Health Technologies Group. Susan has received scholarships from the Department of Health and Medical Research Council, and is a previous recipient of a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy. She holds qualifications in Economics (BA), Health Economics (MSc & PhD) and Epidemiology (PgDip).

 

To learn more about Health Technology Wales, see the Operating Arrangement and Terms of Reference.