News and Events

KESS2: Great news, our very own Benjamin Land was the successful applicant to a KESS2 MPhil with CUREMeDE, and Aneurin Bevan UHB.  The KESS2 will look to evaluate the impact of mobile technology in hospitals in patient care management and clinical practice.

KESS studentship vacancy: An exploration of compassionate care from the perspectives of older people, carers and service providers. More info can be found by visiting Closing date for applications is Sunday 8th July 2018.

Amazing what can be achieved with just an introduction, Dr Corinne Squire introduced Liz to PDR and look what happened next


Benjamin Land’s Wellbeing 1st mindfulness retreat update

Wellbeing retreat (1st)


Professor Joyce Kenkre appeared at the seventh European Rural Isolated Practitioners Association (EURIPA) health forum in Crete recently to help set the priorities for research.

EURIPA is a representative network organisation founded by family doctors to address the health and wellbeing needs of rural communities and the professional need of those serving them across Europe.

Joyce led a workshop to set the priorities for research and put in place a process for research collaboration across Europe, with 20 countries represented at the forum.

She said: “The Greek minister for health, Dr Andreas Xanthos, announced the future primary care reform to expand primary care into urban areas and strengthen capacity in rural areas.  It is not necessarily about physical infrastructure but also about training for general practitioners and an expanding range of primary care professionals. This will be facilitated by the establishment of an academic primary care unit to support the initiative. Potential for future collaboration for education, training and research.”

Joyce is a Professor of Primary Care at the University of South Wales and Industry Lead for SEWAHSP, she is also on the International Advisory Board and the Scientific Boards for EURIPA.

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Director of Primary Care at the University of South Wales, and SEWAHSP’s very own Industry Lead Professor Joyce Kenkre, attended the 11tth AGM of RESEC UK and Ireland (Research in Specialist and Elderly Care) at the House of Lords today where she was elected onto the Board of Trustees. RESEC is a registered charity with the approved goals of – “The relief of sickness and the preservation and protection of health among the frail elderly and others with special care needs in particular but not exclusively by the provision of funding to support research into specialist and elderly care“.

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Benjamin Land was our very own SEWAHSP intern, and is a “Bright SPARK”

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Great Opportunity with the University of South Wales for a KESS MRes Studentship

To find out more about this opportunity go to:

ABPI Cymru Wales-LINC

Are you aware of a new initiative by the ABPI – LINC (the Library of Initiatives for Novel Collaborations). LINC is a research database, which will provide easy access to identify new collaboration opportunities ( ​​​​​​Using the database academics and clinical researchers can more easily find opportunities online for collaboration with the biopharmaceutical industry – including funding, access to cutting-edge equipment, compounds and opportunities to build collaborative relationships.

The database also provides, for the first time, a publicly available and user-friendly central portal to see the different ways pharmaceutical companies are supporting open innovation, working with researchers across the UK both in hospitals and in universities. The ABPI LINC database has been launched alongside a booklet of industry-academic case studies in the UK, highlighting projects that are pushing the boundaries of medical science from better understanding diseases to clinical trials

​​The database already has some 370 projects – ranging from funding opportunities for promising Dementia research, to an offer of 62 compounds available to academic scientists conducting preclinical research free of charge, plus free access to databases of drug-like bioactive compounds. ABPI LINC will be routinely updated when companies offer new projects. Users can view preclinical and clinical initiatives and search by compounds, funding, non-specific partnership, investigator-initiated studies, equipment and resources, collaboration facilitators and challenges – or a mix of these. The portal also allows people to search by company name to see what projects ABPI member companies offer.

Invitation to Modernising Assessments in Clinical Neuroscience

Modernising Assessments in Clinical Neuroscience on Wednesday 27th September in the Temple of Peace, Cardiff. The event will showcase the BRAIN Unit’s activities in the design and validation of novel clinical assessments for use in both research and clinical settings. The specific focus will be on encouraging links between researchers, industry and commercial entities in a rapidly changing field. Our panel of internationally renowned speakers will discuss how they have successfully achieved the translation of their research into commercially available assessments for use with people with neurological disorders. There will also be technology transfer experts on hand to provide information that can guide commercial exploitation of novel research developments. Further information and booking is on the link below.

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Great news that SEWAHSP partner Cardiff Metropolitan has been awarded the prestigious Small Business Charter award, Cardiff Metropolitan is the first university in Wales to be awarded the prestigious Small Business Charter in recognition of its work with business, and its commitment to supporting students in enterprise and entrepreneurship activities.  If you would like to know more, click on the link below.

AWCIC Awards 24th May 2017


Our very own Health Technology Challenge funded Ffrind i mi won the collaboration category at the AWCIC awards yesterday, what a privilege to meet Richard Parks, truly an inspirational man.

Ffrind i mi (or Friend of mine) is a new  initiative that Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and its partners are developing to try and make sure that anyone who feels lonely or isolated are supported to reconnect with their communities. Working with Community Connectors and existing volunteer befriending services, they are aiming to recruit as many volunteers as possible to support those who are lonely and/or isolated. They hope to match the interests of people to volunteers with the same interests e.g. gardening, watching sport, dog walking etc. If you would like to become a volunteer and help them combat loneliness and isolation, or you would like more information on Ffrind I mi, please contact us




New call for Bevan Exemplar and Health Technology Exemplar projects. The call closes on the 10th July.  For further information contact 

Public Appointments – Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd – Chair and Board Members

Please find attached the links to the Welsh Government Public Appointments and vacancies pages and brief text for the Public Health Wales and Bevan Commission websites, as noted in the email below.  Please let me know if you would like any additional information.

Public Appointments – Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd – Chair and Board Members

Applicants are sought with an interest and knowledge of the life science sector, in particular in industrial and clinical/NHS management roles, with a commitment to generating and developing opportunities for achieving economic growth and developing the Industry-NHS interface. Consideration will also be given to candidates from outside the life sciences sector who can demonstrate similar skills and experience.

Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd (the Hub) has been established by Welsh Government to connect, inspire and accelerate growth of companies in this sector, placing Wales on the international map as a preferred location to establish and grow successful life science companies.

Over the next 12 months a new vision and mission for the Hub will be established to ensure the ongoing development of the life sciences sector in Wales, to deliver significant economic impact and develop opportunities for creating value from NHS-industry engagement.

Closing date: 24 May 2017

Further details and application information can be found at:

Welsh Government Public Appointments

Welsh Government Public Appointments vacancies

No Grey Dementia Day– PIMP MY ZIMMER

Thursday 18th May 2017, 10am-15:00hrs

Venue: Active Living Centre, Pontypool NP4 8AT

As part of Dementia Awareness Week Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in partnership with the Greater Gwent Health, Social Care and Well-being Partnership and the Alzheimer’s Society, would like to invite you to our: Pimp my Zimmer event

The day will provide everyone with an opportunity to listen, engage and learn more about:

Dementia Friends: to turn understanding of dementia into actions

Experiences of those living with dementia, in their own words

More information about the Social Services and Well-being Act and Well-being of Future Generations Act

Engage with our HTC funded Ffrind i mi / Friend of mine service

New Dementia Strategy: the work of the regional Dementia Board

Talk about the small actions YOU can do that will make a huge difference

Insight into the visual-perceptual difficulties faced by people with dementia

And get involved: Pimp My Zimmer!



KESS2 scheme – NHS cohort approach v0.5 20-2-17

KESS Cohort

Based on the success with our Partners in applying for KESS Scholarships, and the involvement of our Partners, we have proposed forming a KESS Cohort, in order to offer support and guidance to the PhD and Masters students.   This will allow the NHS to develop a higher-level skills base that fits their needs and facilitates a strategic approach to Clinical Innovation. SEWAHSP partner Health Boards and Trusts have been encouraged to apply as public sector partners in KESS2, in accordance with KESS2 eligibility guidance.  See the attached document for more information on the cohort proposal.

Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Diabetes related arterial disease: limb and life threatening but potentially preventable

Wednesday 10th May 2017 17:30 for a 18:00hrs start.  Lecture Theatre O0.23 Cardiff School of Management Building, Llandaff Campus.

Dr Jane Lewis will take us through her collaborative programme of clinical research related to early detection of peripheral arterial disease, linking with primary care and the Diabetic Eye Screening Wales (DESW). Miss Keri Hutchinson will explore the clinical and patient perspectives of the very real issues of managing the consequences of undiagnosed peripheral arterial disease. Mr Andrew Crowder will discuss the success of the diabetic eye screening model, and how the screening service is evolving to meet the demands. Finally, there will be a discussion with Dr David Miller and Miss Hutchinson on the potential benefit to patients of early identification from a GP’s and secondary care perspective.

How to book

To book your place please complete the online  booking form or contact: Lorraine McMullan on:

Places are free of charge on a first come, first serve basis and are open to the General Public. Cardiff Metropolitan University operates a 24 hour parking system – please pay and display 50p on the evening of the lecture.

Welsh Stroke Conference

The 16th Welsh Stroke Conference will be held on Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th July 2017 at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff. 

Abstract submission has been extended to: 23.59hrs on the 12th May 2017. 

Early bird registration ends: 31st May

Check out the web link:

Aneurin Bevan UHB R&D Conference

Tuesday 20th June 2017- 09:30 – 16:00
 To be held at the Christchurch Centre, Old Malpas Road, Newport, NP20 5PP 
Confirmed Speakers:
Professor Marcus Longley, University of South Wales
Mr Chris Twine, Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Dr Tamas Szakmany, Consultant Anaesthetist & Intensivist
Louise Taylor, Consultant Midwife
Dr Nigel Brown, Clinical Director/Consultant Cardiologist
Dr Philip Campbell, Consultant Cardiologist
Closure of Conference: Cwmbran Deaf Choir
Further information is available from:
Jane Jones on 01633 238967
Alison Davey on 01633 234768  

Cwm Taf UHB Innovation Conference Tuesday 25th April 2017. 09:30-16:30.  This conference is being organised by Dr Lesley Jones who is the Head of Clinical Education.    The programme for the day is almost complete and will be shared shortly.

SEWAHSP Annual Conference.  Please ring Sue Bevan on 02920 743146 or email for further details

MediWales Innovation Awards Dinner

MediWales presented Ten awards across industry and NHS categories, the awards offer a platform to identify outstanding achievements in the life science sector in Wales. A few photos of the team from the evening.

UK Health Tech Conference, Tuesday 6th December 2016 in Cardiff’s Mercure Holland House Hotel:

Dr Corinne Squire to present on Funding Opportunities, in the parallel session: Support and funding for commercialisation and R&D.

Prof Sue Bale will be chairing another parallel session Pharmadev: Early Access to Medicine – A streamlined approach to clinical development.

Learning and Health: A prudent approach to wellbeing, Thursday 1st December 2016 in the University of South Wales Newport City Campus:

The Learning and Work Institute in partnership with the Primary and Community Care Division of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is pleased to invite you to join us at a stakeholder event.  This event will bring together the Health, Social Care and Education sectors, with the aim of using the expertise from all sectors to influence the health and wellbeing of our local population. The event will provide an opportunity for discussion on how we can better align the health, well-being and lifelong learning agendas through improved partnership workfinal-timingsprogramme-v0-2

Cwm Taf University Health Board Research and Development Conference Thursday 24th November 2016. University of South Wales.  

Wales Cancer Partnership Conference Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at All Nations Centre Cardiff.

Join us for the Wales Cancer Partnership’s conference, hosted by the Wales Cancer Research Centre. The event will play host to a wealth of both cancer care and research expertise and bring together components of cancer research through a series of talks and workshops.

The conference is aimed at anyone working in cancer care or research at all levels, and we also welcome members of the public and patients to join us. The overall theme for the conference is collaborating for research success. The day’s activity will give you an opportunity to hear examples of successful collaborations between NHS, third sector and pharma. We will have a focus on aligning research priorities to clinical need, and involving patients and the public in research.

You will hear about the progress made by the Wales Cancer Research Centre in the last year, as well as hearing from a number of other cancer organisations, all coming together to bring their ideas about research collaboration to the forefront.

Lord Digby Jones explains how South East Wales can win in the 21st century with the help of SEWAHSP