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Official launch of Life Sciences Wales Hub – a catalyst for growth

The launch of the Life Sciences Wales Hub marks a key milestone in the drive to accelerate the growth of the sector, increase its contribution to the economy by more than £1billion annually, creating jobs and attracting inward investment. The Hub – based in the heart of Cardiff Bay  - is the latest initiative by the Welsh Government to support this  key sector which is already benefiting from the £100m Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund and the £50million Ser Cymru strategy. Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: “The Hub will be the central resource for the entire sector throughout Wales providing an unparalleled level of co-ordinated support, advice and finance. It will be a centre for collaboration, innovation and investment - by business, by academia, by clinicians - and is backed by the  Welsh Government and the sector itself. “ The rewards for success in life sciences are huge -  delivering dual benefits in terms of health and wealth. The Sector Panel is confident that our approach will deliver significant business growth and obvious economic benefits for the whole of Wales and I concur. “Swift progress has been made on implementing recommendations in both our science and sector panel strategies. We Read more [...]

Lansiad Swyddogol Hwb Gwyddorau Bywyd Cymru – hyrwyddo twf

Mae lansio Hwb Gwyddorau Bywyd Cymru yn garreg filltir allweddol yn yr ymgais i hyrwyddo twf y sector, cynyddu ei gyfraniad at yr economi o dros £1 biliwn yn flynyddol, creu swyddi a denu buddsoddiad mewnol. Mae’r Hwb - yn nghanol Bae Caerdydd – yn fenter ddiweddaraf Llywodraeth Cymru i gefnogi'r sector allweddol hon sydd eisoes yn elwa o'r £100 miliwn o Gronfa Fuddsoddi Gwyddorau Bywyd Cymru a strategaeth £50 miliwn Ser Cymru. Meddai Edwina Hart, Gweinidog yr Economi: “Bydd yr Hwb yn adnodd canolog ar gyfer y sector cyfan ledled Cymru gan gynnig lefel o gymorth, cyngor a chyllid wedi'i gydlynnu na welwyd ei debyg o'r blaen.  Bydd yn ganolfan ar gyfer cydweithio, arloesi a buddsoddi - gan fusnesau, y byd academaidd, a chlinigwyr -  a chaiff gefnogaeth gan Lywodraeth Cymru a'r sector ei hun. “Mae'r wobr o lwyddo ym maes gwyddorau bywyd yn enfawr - manteision deuol o ran iechyd a chyfoeth.  Mae Panel y Sector yn hyderus y bydd ein dull o weithio yn cynnig twf sylweddol ym myd busnes a manteision economaidd amlwg ar gyfer Cymru gyfan, ac rwyf innau'n cytuno. “Cafwyd cynnydd cyflym ar weithredu'r argymhellion yn ein strategaethau gwyddoniaeth a phanel y sector.  Rydym yn cyflawni i Gymru, mae gennym uchelgais Read more [...]

£3.5m to develop primary care services in Wales

A £3.5m funding boost to develop primary healthcare services in Wales has been announced by Mark in his capacity as Health Minister. The funding, which is being made available in 2014-15, will be targeted at action to improve health and reduce inequalities in the most deprived communities; develop primary care teams and provide eye care services closer to people’s homes. The areas being funded are: • The development of a multi-disciplinary primary care workforce, which makes more effective use of GPs’ time and expertise. The funding will help train more advanced nurses, therapists and clinical pharmacists to work in primary care to support GPs; • Two innovative inverse care law schemes in Aneurin Bevan and Cwm Taf university health board areas, which aim to reduce premature deaths from cardiovascular disease in deprived communities; • The provision of follow-up eye care appointments closer to people’s homes. Mark said: “We need to rebalance the way the NHS provides services in line with the principles of prudent healthcare towards a preventative primary care-led NHS, which is integrated with social care and has close links with services provided by the third and independent sectors. “We have Read more [...]