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28th November 2019

Plans to improve patient access to health professionals in Wales

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced plans to improve access to health professionals through new ways of working. The new plans aim to allow people to directly access health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists dietitians and others at primary care health centres. There will also be a greater emphasis on prevention to reduce…

28th November 2019

Major expansion in training places for nurses and other health professionals

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced an extra £16.4 million for a 14.5% increase in training places for nursing and midwifery and a 17.7% increase for other health professions. Over the past 5 years training places for nurses and midwives have increased by 55.9% and it is the 6th consecutive year the Welsh Government has…

26th November 2019

Health Technology Wales to Offer Scientific Advice to Industry

Developers of non-medicine health technologies can optimise their plans with help from Health Technology Wales, the national organisation set up by the Welsh Government. Scientific advice will be available in early 2020 to provide support to developers, from new startups to established companies. This will include advice on the evidence needed to demonstrate the value…

25th November 2019

Forth Recognised as Best Welsh Innovation of the Year

Forth have been awarded the Welsh Innovation of the year award last night at the Welsh SME Business Awards 2019. Forth are an innovative at-home blood testing kit that helps users optimise their own health to alleviate pressure on the NHS. The awards were a celebration of SME entrepreneurs and thriving businesses that service all…

18th November 2019

Welsh University Awarded £1.4m to Develop Cancer-Killing Smart Viruses

Scientists at Cardiff University have been awarded nearly £1.4m in funding by Cancer Research UK to support the development of cancer-killing viruses. “Oncolytic” viruses are widely seen as the next breakthrough in cancer treatment. They destroy cancer cells but leave healthy cells unaffected. Dr Alan Parker, from the university’s School of Medicine, said the funding…

17th November 2019

Wales takes part in global study to save thousands of patients with brain injuries

A hospital in north Wales took part in the largest ever study to be conducted into traumatic brain injury, alongside over 170 other hospitals from 29 countries, which found that a cheap and widely available drug could save thousands of lives a year. Anyone could experience a fall, car crash or assault at any time,…

14th November 2019

New advanced therapy for endometrial cancer granted US patent

Swansea University scientists’ hard work in the fight against endometrial cancer has seen them being granted a US patent for pioneering new therapy. Professor Deya Gonzalez and Professor Steve Conlan, of Swansea University Medical School’s Reproductive Biology and Gynaecological Oncology group, developed a method of treating gynaecological cancer which it is hoped will minimise side…

13th November 2019

New Global Pharma Centre of Excellence Opens in South Wales

Welsh Government has invested £0.5m in a new £9.5m facility for Irish-owned, global pharma industry supplier Sharp, which was officially opened in Rhymney. Sharp – part of UDG Healthcare plc, a Dublin-based global leader in contract packaging and clinical supply services, cut the ribbon on the state-of the-art Clinical Services Centre of Excellence, enabling the…

13th November 2019

Welsh Digital Health Company Secures Global Deals

Cardiff-based Bond Digital Health is predicting significant growth in 2020 on the back of inroads made into the global diagnostics market. The digital health company, based at the Life Sciences Hub Wales, has doubled its 2020 revenue predictions from £1.5m to more than £3m as a result of recent trips to California in which it…

13th November 2019

Management buyout at medical imaging company

The management at a Swansea company which provides toolkits for medical imaging software has completed a buyout. Medical Connections has been bought by Philippa Webb, director of operations; Qian Wang, technical director; and Rapten Bhutia, development director, in a deal backed by the Development Bank of Wales. Webb said: “As a team, we are very…