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Welsh marine energy sector recognised

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Heavy lift: The turbine under construction

Heavy lift: The turbine under construction

THE OFFICIAL short-list for the 2014 Tidal Today Energy Awards has been announced, recognising excellence and outstanding achievements in the tidal sector over the past year. Welsh based projects have been nominated for an impressive total of three awards; Best example of Industry Collaboration (Marine Energy Pembrokeshire), Best Small Company (Tidal Energy Limited) and Most Supportive Supply Chain Company (Pembroke Port).

Elizabeth Demestiha, Project Director at Tidal Today, said: “We are delighted to see that Marine Energy Pembrokeshire, Tidal Energy Ltd and Pembroke Port are finalists for an International Tidal Energy Award, this really demonstrates the momentum that is building for the Welsh marine energy sector, and we hope that this will encourage further collaboration between key players.”

Wales’ profile as an ideal location for marine renewables has increased in recent years, due to the excellent collaborative work by Marine Energy Pembrokeshire and its members. The working group comprised of technology developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector provides a platform to collaborate on operational solutions such as research, contacts and knowledge exchange.

The success of this collaboration is highlighted by the number of developers and supply chain companies who are now members. Project Director of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire, David Jones, said: “Wales is entering a critical phase in the growth of marine renewable energy. There is increasing developer interest, new structural funds prioritising marine energy and Demonstration Zones for wave (Pembrokeshire) and tidal (Anglesey).

Our last meeting saw new developers join us from America, Australia, Singapore and Sweden. We are delighted to be short-listed, particularly alongside Tidal Energy Limited and Pembroke Port who are both members of MEP, highlighting that collaboration is key and that momentum in Wales is increasing.” Nominated for best small company, Tidal Energy Limited uses the DeltaStream technology, conceived by Pembrokeshire Marine Engineer Richard Ayre.

Deployment of the technology, which was fabricated on site by marine engineering experts Mustang Marine, is imminent with all commissioning work complete and the heavy lift barge stationed at Pembroke Port. The project is being used to prove the capability of DeltaStream as a tidal stream generator and will provide evidence on how the device interacts with the environment around it.

During its deployment, the device will be connected to the local distribution network, allowing the electricity generated by it to contribute to the renewable energy targets of the Welsh Government. The importance of collaboration has been further highlighted in the Awards by lgiving recognition to the most supportive supply chain company.

It’s a vital element which helps drive time and cost efficiencies for developers. Pembroke Port plays an important role in the region’s supply chain. The deep water port is within easy steaming distance of the area’s superb marine energy resource and has the onsite flexibility to accommodate renewables projects.

It has been instrumental in encouraging and demonstrating collaborative working with developers and other members of the supply chain. Kevin Hobbs, Short Sea Director at the Port of Milford Haven, has overseen the Tidal Energy Limited project based at the Pembroke Port facility. He said: “This is an exciting time for us all. We know the importance of building strong relationships and are delighted to receive this nomination from our clients, Tidal Energy Limited.”

Claire Palmer, Business Development and Project Manager, explained “Pembrokeshire has a superb marine energy resource and, importantly, has the supply chain services and infrastructure needed by developers in order to fabricate and deploy innovative devices. By working closely together we can fully understand their business and project requirements which means that we can offer them a crucial level of flexibility and, ultimately, time and cost efficiency.”

Alec Don, Chief Executive at the Port, added “Our long term strategy, supported by significant investment, has enabled Pembroke Port to become a key delivery centre for this growing industry and we are already beginning to take enquiries from key industry players. To receive recognition for this from within the industry is a proud moment not just for us, but for the whole of Pembrokeshire and Wales.”

The continuing development of marine energy has huge potential to create sustainable jobs for the region with a recent study by Welsh Government highlighting the impact this new sector could bring. A 30MW wave installation and a 30MW tidal stream installation has the potential to support over £70m of GVA across Wales, based on total investment of £150m. It could also provide 2,000 person-years of employment associated with development and installation, with a further £2m in GVA and 50 FTE jobs per annum throughout the period of generation.

Cllr Jamie Adams, Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council, added: “Pembrokeshire County Council recognises the critical role that the energy sector plays in the local, regional and national economy and proactively supports developments that help to diversify and sustain the sector and the county’s position as the UK energy capital. Marine renewables offer exciting opportunities for quality local jobs to be created and we’re delighted to be working with partners to help unlock this potential.”

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Public engagement exercise over new hospital between St Clears and Narberth

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HYWEL DDA is asking the people of Pembrokeshire to help it further shape and deliver future services by taking part in a six-week engagement exercise.

Since the publication of its strategy, A Healthier Mid and West Wales: Our Future Generations Living Well in 2018, the health board has worked with partners to provide care and develop services. However, the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on health and care services. As a result, the health board now wants to learn from the public about how the pandemic has affected their health and care, and access to it.

This week, Hywel Dda UHB has been distributing a discussion document for the public to consider, along with a questionnaire for completion.

Hywel Dda UHB is also asking for the public’s feedback in relation to its long-term strategy to develop and build a new hospital in the south of the Hywel Dda area, somewhere between and including St Clears, in Carmarthenshire, and Narberth, in Pembrokeshire.

This location is the most central for most of the population in the south of the Hywel Dda area, and it was determined through the public consultation held in 2018.

The public is also being asked to nominate sites for a new hospital based four criteria:

The nominated site must be within the zone between and including St Clears in Carmarthenshire and Narberth in Pembrokeshire. This location is the most central to most of the population in the south of the Hywel Dda area.

The nominated site should be a minimum of 35 acres of reasonably developable land.

The nominated site should have realistic prospects of obtaining planning permission for a new hospital.

There should be appropriate transport infrastructure for a major hospital site.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “The global pandemic has had a major impact on all areas of our lives so it’s crucial that the health board considers, reflects and learns from this extraordinary period. This engagement exercise will allow the public to tell us in their own words how COVID-19 has affected their health and care, and access to it.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to participate because the feedback we receive will play a major role in helping shape future services. This in turn will allow us to deliver on our long-term commitment for a healthier mid and west Wales.

“I would also stress that this engagement exercise is part of an ongoing process. Over the coming months and years, we plan to engage with the public, stakeholders and partners on a wide variety of issues, such as service models. Everyone will have their chance to give their views and opinions because we are committed to continuous engagement with the public to ensure we provide the best possible care.”

The engagement exercise will run until Monday June 21.

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Paul Sartori taking action to support climate with National Lottery grant of nearly £14,000

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LOCAL hospice at home charity, Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, is taking action to support the climate with the installation of solar panels at its main head office in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

The charity which delivers end of life care services across Pembrokeshire, has been awarded a grant to fund the purchase and installation of solar panels at Paul Sartori House, Winch Lane. This investment is part of an ongoing commitment to address the climate emergency and the charity joins many others who are taking action. Paul Sartori was one of 35 community groups, who were selected to take part in the Climate Action Boost scheme, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Working alongside Renew Wales, a partner in the initiative, the group explored methods to help tackle the causes and consequences of climate change, and to operate more sustainably. A number of options were discussed to reduce their impact on the environment and Renew Wales helped the charity to develop an environmental action plan, which is to be implemented over the coming months. The scheme available to cover a variety of environmental reduction activities, including renewable energy, reducing consumption, local food and reduced or less impactful travel.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home wouldn’t normally be associated with environmental activity. Through regular consultation over many months, the charity has been really encouraged by what they have learnt.

“We have invested a lot of time in developing the plan; discussed a number of alternatives along the way, but feel that the solar panel installation will have the biggest impact for the charity in the long term”, said Sandra Dade, Charity Manager. “The National Lottery Climate Action Boost has really inspired our charity to minimise our impacton the environment and we will continue this journey,” added Sandra.

Jemma Nurse, Funding Manager at The National Lottery Community Fund said, “The climate emergency is everyone’s business, which is why The National Lottery Community Fund is acting to support and inspire communities to minimise their own impact on the environment. We are proud to be a significant funder of environmental projects and Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, along with the other groups participating in Climate Action Boost, will play a valuable part in building our knowledge so we can share our learning with other funders across Wales and the UK.”

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.

All of the services are free of charge, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community. Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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New nursing service to support carers of people living with dementia

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HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD, in partnership with Dementia UK, is launching a new nursing service to support carers of people living with dementia.

The Admiral Nurse service will be a significant addition to the current support available to people living with dementia and their carers. The initiative is in line with the Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-2022, a Welsh Government strategy that aims to recognise the rights of people with dementia, make them feel valued, and help them live as independently as possible in their communities.

The team will cover Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire with a focus on delivering person–centred and relationship-centred dementia care. The Admiral Nurses will work collaboratively in a family-centric manner, across health and social care pathways, to provide support, expert guidance & practical solutions to enable families/carers, including the person living with dementia, to maximise their wellbeing and improve the experience of those affected by dementia.

Dementia UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting families affected by dementia through dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.  When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them, giving the compassionate one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions that can be difficult to find elsewhere. They are a lifeline, helping families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.  

The service launched on 29th March 2021 and is now accepting referrals.

Charlotte Duhig, Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead, said: “I am honoured to be leading this new service to support carers and families of people living with dementia across the counties served by Hywel Dda University Health Board. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an incredibly challenging time for people living with dementia and their carers but I’m confident that this much-needed service will make a difference to the lives of those affected by dementia.

“Having previously set up an Admiral Nurse Service, I know the benefit of working as an Admiral Nurse as families can get the emotional and practical support to allow them to plan for the future. Health and social care professionals can also take advantage of our in-depth knowledge of dementia.”

Dr Hilda Hayo, CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK, says: “We are delighted to announce this new Admiral Nurse service in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board. The fact that this service extends to a large rural area within West Wales, with the support of two Welsh-speaking Admiral Nurses, means that we are improving access to dementia specialist support for families.”            

To be able to access this service, the following referral criteria applies:

  • The person being supported/cared for by the carer has a diagnosis (or likely diagnosis) of dementia.
  • The person with dementia and/or carer lives in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire (or is registered with a GP in those areas).
  • The carer agrees to their referral to the Admiral Nurse
  • The carer should have identified need(s) that impact upon their caring role or as a consequence of their caring role*

If you are a health or social care professional or 3rd sector working with someone you believe this service could benefit, or you are a carer of someone living with dementia and would like to be referred to the service, please contact a health or social care professional who can refer you. 

For further information, contact the nursing team direct:

Clinical Lead: Charlotte.Duhig@wales.nhs.uk

Admiral NurseContact detailsLocality covered
Bethan BulmanBethan.Bulman@wales.nhs.ukCeredigion North
Donna Phillips Ceredigion South
Emma VenablesEmma.Venables@wales.nhs.ukPembrokeshire North
Rosie BellRosie.Bell@wales.nhs.ukPembrokeshire South
Siriol DyerSiriol.Dyer2@wales.nhs.ukCarmarthenshire (3Ts)
Liz WrightElizabeth.Wright@wales.nhs.ukCarmarthenshire (Amman Gwendraeth)
Donna OwensDonna.Owens2@wales.nhs.ukCarmarthenshire (Llanelli)
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