Fresh £5m funding announced for primary and emergency care research in Wales

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Professor Carolyn Wallace,  Director of Wales School for Social Prescribing Research, which will benefit from the funding

The University of South Wales is part of a project that will see the Welsh Government invest £4.85m over the next five years on research into primary and emergency care in Wales.

The funding, through Health and Care Research Wales, will support large-scale, international quality research at Prime Centre Wales, an all-Wales Centre co-led by Cardiff, Bangor and Swansea universities and the University of South Wales.

Prime Centre Wales has adapted the focus of its research to help tackle the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19, including launching projects to:

  • Examine the impact of delayed diagnoses of cancer
  • Fast track the implementation of the CARiAD intervention for home-based palliative care, teaching lay carers to administer injections at home to a dying loved one
  • Look at the effects of coronavirus on all stages of pregnancy
  • Analyse public experiences of the pandemic through a UK-wide survey
  • Look at the effect of “shielding letters” as a public health intervention

Other Covid-related projects include advising Welsh Government on the communications strategy for the Covid-19 symptom tracker app and supporting dental services

Prime Centre Wales will also be home to the newly-funded Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR), led by Professor Carolyn Wallace at the University of South Wales.

Social prescribing is means of enabling health and social care professionals such as GPs, nurses, social care and housing workers a to refer people for physical, psycho social reasons to local non medical community groups and services such as  singing, gardening, woodland activities, chit and chat and walking groups.

"We are very proud to have secured this funding which will enable to work with our many partners across Wales and internationally to build the critical evidence base for social prescribing," said Professor Wallace.

Further information about Prime Centre Wales can be found at