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About PenCLAHRC

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What is PenCLAHRC?

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.

 

What we do

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.

 

Our research

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.

Research Theme Leads

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

Professor Ken Stein

 

The PenCLAHRC model

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.

 

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Upcoming Events

Nov
16

Making Sense of Health Research...

Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, TQ11 0EG

Please note that the conference is now fully booked. If you would like to be...
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Nov
22

Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth (Cafe area: please go to Reception on arrival where a member of the team will meet you)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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News

£2.7m study to focus on dementia support workers in primary care

25 October 2018

A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with...
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‘Floundering without support’ – a dementia carer’s story on why new research is vital

25 October 2018

Dorothy Tudor has cared for her partner Bob since he was diagnosed with dementia seven...
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What is the recipe for a successful relationship and how should we teach school children?

22 October 2018

The Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education Association recommend that school children are taught about sex and relationships during their schooling years. Despite...
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Research Projects

D-PACT: Dementia - Person Aligned Care Team

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

The Dementia – PACT (D-PACT) programme is a five-year project, funded by a National Institute...
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PenCHORD - Optimising the location of urgent care sites in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD

This project aimed to assess the optimal number and location of sites for patients to...
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Research Projects