09th December 2019

Irish Consul General’s praise for life sciences partnership

The Irish Consul General to Wales has visited Swansea University Medical School for a special briefing about the Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN). Denise Harahan was welcomed to the University by Vice-Chancellor Paul Boyle and CALIN directors Shareen Doak and Steve Conlan and deputy director Gareth Healey. Established in 2016, CALIN is an…

06th December 2019

Winners announced for MediWales Innovation Awards

Winners have been announced at the fourteenth annual MediWales Innovation Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements in NHS Wales and in the Welsh life science and health technology communities.
01st December 2019

Twins’ journey to become doctors sees them reunited in Swansea

Identical twins Will and Alex Carroll-Adams have been reunited at Swansea University as they both pursue their ambition to become a doctor. Will is in his fourth and final year of the graduate entry medicine (GEM) course but he has now been joined by Alex who has just begun his studies. Both the 27-year-old twins…

01st December 2019

Recruitment Boost for NHS Wales at Home and Abroad

According to the latest Welsh Government figures, the target for GP training places in Wales has been exceeded. The quota for GP training places increased from 136 to 160 this year and 186 places have been filled. Representing an increase of 38% on last year’s 144 places filled. The Minister has also been in India to…

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,…