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The pandemic has had a lasting effect on health and wellbeing, with research urgently needed to understand the full impact on healthcare and social care services.

Health and Care Research Wales awarded vital funding to six projects at Swansea University’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science, all of which aim to provide life-saving insights into the impact of the pandemic on healthcare services and its users in Wales.

The awards range from Social Care Research Fellowships, which provide talented individuals with support to become independent researchers while undertaking high-quality research projects benefiting social care in Wales, to Health Research Grants, that support high-quality research projects with clear relevance to health and wellbeing need,  organisation or delivery of health care services in Wales.

Findings from these vital research projects could make great improvements to the health, care and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable and impacted members of society and help to improve policies and services on healthcare provision in Wales, the UK and beyond.

  1. The impact of COVID-19 on health equality and mortality in people with epilepsy in Wales
  2. Determining best preventative social care practice in the contexts of older people receiving care and support at home and those living with Dementia
  3. The health economic impact of COVID-19 on care and support for people over 65 years old
  4. Sunproofed: A mixed methods evaluation of sun safety policies in primary schools in Wales
  5. The impact of cessation of screening for diabetic eye disease on people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic
  6. Mapping service cold spots from COVID-19 lockdowns

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