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16th March 2021

Intensive learning academies launched to help Wales’ health and care system meet the challenges of tomorrow

Three new academies designed to help the next generation of leaders within Wales’ health and care services, are set to go live later this year.   The new Intensive Learning Academies (ILAs) support the Welsh Government’s long-term plan for health and care –  A Healthier Wales.  They will target themes linked to transformation, highlighted in A…

16th March 2021

Global vision see Port Talbot manufacturer set sights on life science market

Having mobilised to assist UK Government efforts to combat Covid-19, a Port Talbot company specialising in the manufacture and global distribution of precision instrumentation, has now become the UK’s first safety goggle manufacturer. British Rototherm Group’s expansion into the production of personal protective equipment saw nearly two centuries of manufacturing heritage and expertise applied to…

16th March 2021

Wales continues to pioneer in Value-Based Health Care with landmark charter

Welsh Government, Pfizer, Swansea University and Life Sciences Hub Wales have all signed a ground-breaking charter that reflects their shared beliefs in driving the adoption and delivery of Value-Based Health Care in Wales. As Founding Members, each party has confirmed the charter’s vision of embedding this transformational approach to health and social care in all…

16th March 2021

One year of Welsh research into COVID-19

On 28 February, it was confirmed that the first person in Wales has tested positive for a virus called coronavirus. Just a few weeks later, on 10 March the first urgent public health COVID-19 study opened in Wales, an observational studying which enabled the scientific community to understand more about the spread of this deadly…

16th March 2021

New COVID-19 social care study possible due to data from Social Care Wales

The study will be the first to look at the risk COVID-19 poses to the care workers who support people at home in Wales. It has been made possible due to the quality and quantity of registered workforce data that Social Care Wales hold. Sharing this data with the internationally recognised Secure Anonymised Information Linkage…

16th March 2021

University prepares to welcome first pharmacy students to high-tech new facilities

Work has begun to create £2.1 million state-of-the-art facilities for Swansea University’s new pharmacy courses. The University’s Medical School will welcome the first intake of students on its four-year MPharm programme in September. It will also be launching a pharmacy with a foundation year course. The students will be able to benefit from a new…

15th March 2021

Study finds health and wellbeing is a priority for primary school pupils and staff after lockdown

Research into the impact of school closures during the pandemic has found health and wellbeing is a priority for pupils and staff in Wales who are returning to the classroom today (15 March). Studies conducted by the HAPPEN Wales primary school network (Health and Attainment of Pupils in a Primary Education Network), asked more than…

12th March 2021

Roche launches new rapid COVID-19 antigen nasal test in UK

Roche Diagnostics has launched a rapid antigen nasal test in the UK, with millions of kits available immediately to help organisations looking to reopen as lockdown restrictions are lifted.  The SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test Nasal can be carried out at the point of care to detect if someone has an active infection, providing results 15…

12th March 2021

Sight loss survey highlights experiences of visual hallucinations

A total of 19% of those living with sight loss and half of those with severe sight loss have experienced visual hallucinations, a Fight for Sight survey has revealed. Of those surveyed who have experienced visual hallucinations, 20% said it impacted their mental health, four in 10 said it affected their ability to go about…

12th March 2021

Wales’ life-changing rare disease research

A rare disease is one that affects fewer than 1 in 2000 people. One hundred and seventy-five thousand people in Wales will be affected by a rare disease at some point in their lives. There are over 6,000 rare diseases, more than 70% of which are genetic in origin. Undertaking research in this area is…