SAIL Databank Contributes to Project Case Study in ARCH Review 2022-23

SAIL Databank has contributed to a project case study highlighted within the ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health) Review 2022-23.

ARCH is a unique partnership between HDdUHB, SBUHB and Swansea University. It aims to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the South West Wales region. Formed in 2015, the ARCH region spans the local authority areas of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.

ARCH has a portfolio of regional programmes of work and individual projects that are led by the strategic ambitions of our partner organisations. This is underpinned by the Welsh Government’s ‘A Healthier Wales’ policy.

Another key aspect of the ARCH Partnership is its collaboration with local authorities and industry, as part of the Swansea Bay City Deal. This deal involves a significant £1.3bn investment from the UK government to implement nine programs of work and create over 9,000 jobs in the region.


The Joint Clinical Research Facility (JCRF) has begun some early collaborative work with the TriTech Institute in HDdUHB.

The first joint project, funded by AMGEN, will assess a new pathway in optimising the medical management of patients with heart disease and improving diagnosis and treatment. It is being run across both HDdUHB and SBUHB and will involve recruiting 150 patients. The project will analyse existing data at Swansea University’s Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank to develop systems identifying patients at high risk of future disease. It will also examine the effectiveness of pharmacist-led clinics across both health boards in reducing the treatment gap, and ensuring high-risk cardiovascular patients are identified and seen by the right person, in the right setting, at the right time.

A second collaboration is on diabetes with Prof Sam Rice, Clinical Director of Research and Development for HDdUHB, working with the JCRF team to look at clinical studies of new medicines in diabetes and associated obesity. Other areas for collaboration will be explored as we evaluate the experience with the current two projects.

Professor Chris Hopkins, Head of Innovation and TriTech Institute noted:

“We are very excited to be working with JCRF. The AMGEN project offers an opportunity for us to work collaboratively to support healthcare on a local and national level. This partnership demonstrates what can happen when you bring together research, clinical expertise and innovative technology for the benefit of patients across the region.”

Read the full review here – (external link)