Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

The Regional Innovation Co-ordination (RIC) Hub supports innovation in health and social care across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan by showcasing good practice, supporting the spread and scale of new approaches and bringing people together to solve issues. We are hosted by the Health Board, within the Dragon’s Heart Institute, and work across the area’s Regional Partnership Board.

Our Resources


The RIC Hub has pulled together resources, regional assets and examples of local innovations to help you take your innovative ideas forward. Check it out!
Social prescribing has been recognised as having a key role to play in ensuring a sustainable health and social care system that looks after the wellbeing of the population in Wales. Click here to read about the fantastic developments in our area.

Our Films

This film tells the story of Stacey and Joanna, two inspiring people with a learning disability, who were employed by learning disability services. It highlights the benefits employing people with lived experience can have to both services and individuals.
As part of their investment in social prescribing, the South West GP Cluster in Cardiff joined up with parkrun and the Royal College of General Practitioners to host their own parkrun Practice event, which aims to encourage people to be more active and take control of their wellbeing.
Grow Well is a community gardening project within the South West GP Cluster in Cardiff. We worked with them to showcase the benefits social prescribing can have on health and wellbeing.
Teenagers from across South Wales have begun a week-long fitness challenge to boost their wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. See more at Teens step up for mental health – CAVRPB
Cardiff and Vale Regional Innovation Coordination Hub have joined up with the Fathom Trust’s Making Well Project to explore the benefits Green Prescribing can have to people’s health and wellbeing.
The Nitrous Oxide Project has led to a huge reduction in Nitrous Oxide use in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We worked with them to showcase their story so it can be adopted across Wales and beyond.

RIC Hub Guides

Innovation and adopting new ideas can sometimes seem daunting with many different factors to be considered. This series looks at those factors to introduce them and give you a starting point for understanding how to identify and overcoming issues.  

Your organisation may have specialist staff who can help you, whether with innovating or with particular elements, such as information governance and performance management. In addition, the RIC Hub may be able to offer support.  

The articles are based on our experience of working with colleagues in a number of organisations and we welcome your suggestions for additional articles.  

A different approach to commissioning focused on collaborative working to achieve agreed outcomes. Read more.
You have a proposal you would like to develop; if asked how it will work in a strategic context, how do you answer? Read more.
Piloting is an integral part of testing innovations and demonstrating how ideas can be adapted to local conditions as part of effective spread and scaling. But what makes for a successful pilot? Read more.

Cardiff and Vale Local Innovations 

There are many interesting and exciting innovations being put into place across Cardiff and the Vale. This series looks at examples from across the local area reflecting the variety of approaches being taken to improve lives, health and wellbeing.  

Want to create a self-sustaining and community-driven food hub in your area? Check out this inspiring innovation from the Vale of Glamorgan. Read more.
Accidental drug poisonings are a leading cause of preventable deaths among people who use opioids in the UK. We looked into the Cardiff and Vale Area Planning Board’s innovative solution. Read more.

RIC Hub Commissions

Social Prescribing Evaluation Framework

The RIC Hub has been developing an evaluation framework for social prescribing with the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR). To help us better understand social prescribing in our region, WSSPR have produced two reports which provide a foundation for the development of the framework. The Development Matrix has been developed with stakeholders from across services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to make sure it is right. For more information on the framework, please get in touch with the team by emailing [email protected]

WSSPR have undertaken a scoping review into the patient experience of social prescribing to give us a great starting point to develop the evaluation framework. An insightful read for anyone interested in social prescribing.
Stakeholders told us what data they think is important and easy to collect. This group concept mapping report presents the findings of the study into stakeholder views and has helped shape the data included in the evaluation framework.
This Development Matrix provides an evaluation framework for services and projects to self-assess their progress. It can be used to help services compare their progress over time and facilitate conversations between services in Wales.

Health Technology Centre Report

The Health Technology Centre (HTC) report summarises the health and social care research, innovation and improvement landscape across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. It provides an evidence base for future priorities and contains a wealth of information about assets in the region which can be utilised in a drive for innovation.  

Setting Our Agenda

We have worked with the RPB team and partner agencies to jointly develop the 2022/23 work plan for the RIC Hub. The work plan sets out the major areas for attention. Our RIC Hub steering group provides the focus and direction to deliver the plan.

Our Role:

  • We identify and showcase good practice so innovative approaches can be spread and scaled across the region and across Wales
  • We bring people, resources and organisations together to deliver benefits that could not be achieved alone
  • We drive innovation led health and social care based on the needs of our population

We work with RPB partners to ensure that we focus on the areas most in need of innovation and enable real, lasting change. A key part of this is finding new ways of coordinating, aligning, developing and implementing impactful, beneficial sustainable change and ways of working across the region that are also linked to national and international initiatives. By working in partnership, we are able to bring the right people together to showcase and spread the things that are going well, and work together to find solutions to challenging issues.

The RIC Hub works to support the RPB’s Starting Well, Living Well and Ageing Well partnerships’ work programmes.

Our Priorities


We want every child in Cardiff and Vale to have the opportunity to thrive. Our work focuses on children in vulnerable situations and the services that support them.


We know how hard it can be to find help when people need it the most. We want to make sure there is community support to help people stay as healthy as possible so they can carry on doing the things that matter most to them.


As a Partnership we have worked together with people with a learning disability, their families, carers and the third and independent sector to produce a clear direction for the planning and delivery of adult learning disability services across the region over the next five years.

Case Studies

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