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Frequently asked questions

Please find answers to some commonly asked questions. If you have a question that isn't answered below please get in touch.

What is PenCLAHRC?

PenCLAHRC is a partnership of all the local NHS Trusts across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. Our grant is matched by an equal amount of matched funding, the majority of which is provided in kind by our University partners. We also receive some matched funding from the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), other NHS bodies and charities.

PenCLAHRC has three key objectives:

  • To increase the volume and quality of patient-focussed research in the South West
  • To improve health outcomes by more effective use of evidence to drive health services
  • 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.

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Where does PenCLAHRC operate?

PenCLAHRC covers all of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly). It is possible, however, for some research projects to include sites outside this area, particularly if a comparison site is required.

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Who are PenCLAHRC?

PenCLAHRC directly supports around 60 members of staff and 15 PhD students, primarily across sites in Exeter and Plymouth. We also support a number of NHS colleagues who work closely with us and have a wide network of affliated colleagues across the South West.

Leadership and Management
Director Professor Stuart Logan
Deputy Director (Exeter) Professor Ken Stein
Deputy Director (Plymouth) Professor Richard Byng
Operations and Finance Manager Mrs Jo Shuttleworth
Engagement, Research Information and Communications Manager Dr Lisa Cashmore
PenCLAHRC Administrator Mrs Cath Hopkins

The work of PenCLAHRC is supported by the Management Board, Strategic Executive Group (SEG) and the Project Oversight Executive Group.

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

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What can PenCLAHRC do for me?

There are several ways PenCLAHRC is trying to help more patients and members of the public, health and social care professionals, and academics in universities become involved in what we do. These opportunities include:

  • Allowing healthcare workers to inform our research programme
  • Aligning research with real world healthcare priorities
  • Helping to clarify and specify uncertainty
  • Supporting the development of research bid proposals
  • Supporting development and undertaking research
  • Promoting use of evidence in practice
  • Evaluating change and implementation within health care organisations
  • Helping to inform Trusts' research and development agenda
  • Bridging the research/practice gap
  • Improving the opportunities for your research question to be acted on when you don’t have the time or resources

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How do I get involved?

A key part of the process is based on the “Engagement by Design” model, whereby health care professionals, service users, health and social care organisations will be involved at all stages of the research. The model works to bridge the gap between research and practice by identifying effective interventions, implementing them and evaluating the implementation.

This process begins with identifying important issues. We tackle this in a number of ways, including discussions with stakeholders. If you are interested in arranging a workshop with colleagues to help develop issues and uncertainties you may have into research questions, please contact us via email. Alternatively, you can submit questions to us directly via our online tool. You can find out more about our research prioritisation process on the Submit a Question page of our website.

We also offer a range of training opportunities for healthcare professionals and the public to develop their skills in accessing and using research to inform clinical practice and decision-making.

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Does PenCLAHRC fund projects?

PenCLAHRC does not fund projects directly. We can, however, help develop research ideas in order to help them attract external funding. For example, if we prioritise a research question that requires a systematic review of the literature, our Evidence Synthesis Team may be able to help by conducting the review. Similarly, our operational modelling team PenCHORD can support research that involves simulation studies.

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Does PenCLAHRC employ staff?

Yes. Any job opportunities are advertised through our academic partner organisations, the University of Exeter and Plymouth University. You can also find information on current opportunities on our News page.

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Upcoming Events

Sep
27

Searching and Review Clinic

Room N14, ITTC Building, Plymouth

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Nov
16

Making Sense of Health Research...

Buckfast Abbey

  SAVE THE DATE Making Sense of Health Research Annual Conference 16th November 2018 You are invited to attend...
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Calendar

News

The NHS turns 70: Celebrating public involvement in health research

05 July 2018

On Thursday 5th July 2018, the NHS turned 70 years old. Since its inception, the NHS has constantly...
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Job Opportunity – PenCLAHRC Events and Training Coordinator

28 June 2018

The University of Exeter Medical School are looking to recruit an Events and Training Coordinator within...
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Clinician-led research to inform new guidance for therapists

26 June 2018

The results of a clinician-led study will inform a new evidence based guide for therapists...
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News

Research Projects

UNTEST

Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine

How can we help GPs make better use of thyroid function tests?
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Sharing Evidence Routine for a Patient Centred Plan of Action (SHERPA)

Theme: Person-Centred Care

This project aims to offer a structured approach for GP trainees to manage consultations with...
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Research Projects