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PenCLAHRC is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula. We are a partnership of NHS Trusts across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.
Our five year grant from the NIHR is matched by an equal amount of match funding, the majority of which is provided in kind by our University partners. We also receive some match funding from the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), other NHS bodies and charities.
PenCLAHRC has three key objectives:
1. To increase the volume and quality of patient-focused research in the South West
2. To improve health outcomes by more effective use of evidence to drive health services
3. To increase capacity within the health economy to use and generate evidence
Our model of partnership working across the whole research and practice continuum aims to address both the much discussed research-into-practice gap and the equally important practice-into-research gap.
Download our flyer (pdf) for a summary of what we do.
PenCLAHRC research falls under five main themes, each with its own academic lead. Summaries of the key aims of each theme and examples of associated projects are shown on our Research Themes page. Details of current and completed projects can be found on the Research and Projects pages.
|Person-Centred Care||Professor Nicky Britten and Professor Richard Byng|
|Mental Health and Dementia||Professor Chris Dickens and Dr Joel Town|
|Diagnostics and Stratified Medicine||Professor Chris Hyde|
|Healthy People, Healthy Environments||Professor Charles Abraham|
|Evidence for Policy and Practice|
In order to maximise the impact of our current NIHR grant, which runs from 2014 - 2018, the PenCLAHRC model is based on spending the core grant on infrastructure (namely staff, but also essential functions such as patient and public involvement) and to use this resource to support the development of external grant applications in order to fund larger research projects.
During the first five years of PenCLAHRC (2008 – 2013) this approach secured £17.5m in external grant funding. An internal evaluation (pdf) of this five year pilot phase was carried out to learn from our experiences and to inform the direction of the current NIHR grant.
15 November 2017
Health provision is moving away from disease-based models to person
centred delivery. This study addresses...
10 November 2017
The National Health Service (NHS) needs healthy, motivated doctors
to provide high quality care for...
06 November 2017
A family whose mother could not speak or hear has praised a project
Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Realist review of interventions to tackle healthcare professionals’
mental ill health and its impacts on...
Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
This evaluation (EmMA) provides an independent and qualitative
review of the first iteration of the...