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Implementation Science Group

Who we are | Current projects | Learning, Knowing, Doing seminars

What we do

Understanding how to put effective health care into practice is a crucial link in the chain to improve the population’s health. Implementation Science provides this understanding and draws on a range of research methods, including: mixed-methods, behaviour change, operational research, qualitative research and quality improvement.

Within PenCLAHRC, our implementation scientists work across all of our research themes and within three key areas:

  1. Research – developing new projects, supporting emerging projects and obtaining grant funding

  2. Improvement – working collaboratively with partner organisations to support the implementation of evidence-informed change

  3. Capacity-building – increasing the awareness and understanding of implementation science across the South West.

To further improve the contribution implementation science makes toward achieving PenCLAHRC's strategic goals, we are focused on:

 Who we are

Dr Iain Lang 
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
and Lead for Communications

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Dr Jo Day
Research Fellow

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Dr Mark Pearson
Senior Research Fellow

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Rebecca Hardwick 
Associate Research Fellow

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Charlene Ronquillo 
Associate Research Fellow

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Dr Laura Pickup 
Research Fellow

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Dr Sanne Van Kampen 
Research Assistant

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Charlotte Hewlett
Research Manager

Email Charlotte

Learning, Knowing, Doing (LKD) seminar series

To find out more about the LKD seminar series and access past seminar presentations please visit the seminar page.

Current projects

A full list of PenCLAHRC projects involving implementation science can be viewed by searching the PenCLAHRC project database. A selection of projects we are currently working on are shown below:

PenCLAHRC-resourced projects Care Homes Implementation & Knowledge Mobilisation (CHIK-P)
Health Services Modelling Associates programme evaluation
Collaborative projects

Patient-Centred Coordinated Care (P3C) programme of work.  

We are working with SWAHSN, South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commisioning Group, and other partners on this programme. 

Analysing Implementation in Acute Stroke and Patient-Initiated Clinics (ASPIC)

We are working with SWAHSN on the ASPIC project.

Externally-resourced projects

Exeter Policing, Evidence, and Research Translation (ExPERT)

ExPERT is funded by the College of Policing. 

Dissemination and implementation in dementia care 

Funded by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: a realist review

This review is funded by the NIHR's Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) programme.

APPEAL (Antenatal Preventative Pelvic floor Exercises and Localisation) - Delivery of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Education for Women During Pregnancy

Appeal is funded by an NIHR programme grant and led by the University of Birmingham.

Upcoming Events


PPI Advice Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters

Whatever your query, from finding out more about Patient and Public Involvement to creating a PPI...
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Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 2.35)

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

Care Under Pressure

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

Realist review of interventions to tackle healthcare professionals’ mental ill health and its impacts on...
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PenCHORD: Evaluation of the PenCHORD Health Service Modelling Associates programme (EmMA)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This evaluation (EmMA) provides an independent and qualitative review of the first iteration of the...
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Research Projects