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31st July 2020

Innovate UK backs development of COVID-19 T cell test

Cardiff-based Indoor Biotechnologies has been awarded funding from Innovate UK to develop a COVID-19 test using T cells. Identifying people who have already been infected with the virus and become immune could have huge benefits for enabling society to safely return to normality. Since the symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person, and…

24th July 2020

How a Medtech Firm Answered the NHS’s Call During Covid-19

Signum Health reports a six-fold increase in the number of contract wins compared with pre-Covid 19 numbers Demand for digital diagnostics and social prescribing services by healthcare providers has significantly increased since the Covid-19 pandemic, as the NHS looks at alternative ways of caring for its patients during lockdown. Among those to answer the call…

24th July 2020

2.8% Pay Increase for Doctors and Dentists in Wales

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced a 2.8% pay uplift for doctors and dentists in Wales. The increase is in line with the recommendations of the 48th Report of the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) which was laid before Parliament this week. Mr Gething said: I am pleased to announce that I will accept…

21st July 2020

Port Talbot Confirmed as UK Government Manufacturing Hub for PPE

A UK Government drive to increase UK production of face coverings has started at two sites across the UK, with one in Wales, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove has announced. Following the procurement of ten production lines, the UK Government has been working with suppliers in Port Talbot and Blackburn to…

17th July 2020

Four Health Boards in Wales Fail to Meet their Financial Duty

Four of the seven health boards in Wales once again failed to meet their financial duty to break-even over a three-year period, according to their 2019-20 accounts.   Across NHS Wales, the total in-year deficit fell from £96 million in 2018-19 to £89 million. The three-year cumulative over-spend across the NHS reduced from £411 million to…

17th July 2020

NHS Wales Health Boards’ £470m Debt Written-off

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has written-off the £470m owed by NHS organisations in Wales so they can focus on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2014 the Welsh Government has provided strategic cash support of £470m for historic debt and this will now not have to be repaid. Mr Gething said: It is now six…

07th July 2020

Innovative Blood Oxygen Monitors Developed for Covid-19 Patients

Researchers at the University of South Wales (USW) have developed an innovative blood oxygen monitor after supplies of this key device became limited as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The team of researchers have worked under the instruction of the Welsh Government’s Critical Equipment Requirements Engineering Team (CERET), led by Industry Wales, which was…

07th July 2020

COVID Test Consortium Reaches Major Milestone

BBI Solutions, part of the UK-Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC), has reached a ‘major milestone’ in the development of a Covid-19 lateral flow antibody test. The UK-RTC has reached design freeze for the test, which has been designed for people to use in their own homes. The milestone means that the test meets the required performance…

30th June 2020

CITER Launches BACK-on-LINE

CITER members Dr Liba Sheeran, Prof Valerie Sparkes, Dr Yulia Hicks, Data Innovation Research Institute (Dr Jeffrey Morgan) and clinicians (Mark Dunford and Elaine Lewis) launched an online low back pain self-management support system BACK-on-LINE
29th June 2020

Project to help health staff using PPE facemasks communicate scoops innovation award

Swansea University’s Healthcare Technology Centre has played a key role in developing an award-winning communication aid for frontline health staff forced to wear face masks during the pandemic. The Centre was part of the Welsh-based team behind MaskComms, a microphone designed to be small enough to fit inside a face mask and transmit voice through…