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Implementation Science Group

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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, such as; 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:

  • Supporting implementation research in existing and future PenCLAHRC projects

  • Working collaboratively with external partners with related goals (e.g. SWAHSN, other institutions and across-CLAHRC)

  • Expanding capacity-building, e.g. postgraduate education, Continuing Professional Development, ‘Learning, Knowing, Doing’ seminar series

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 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

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Current Projects

A full list of Implementation Science projects, or projects that include an element of implementation can be viewed by searching the PenCLAHRC project database. However, a selection of projects we are currently working on are shown below:

PenCLAHRC-resourced Care Homes Implementation & Knowledge Mobilisation Project (CHIK-P)
Health Services Modelling Associates programme evaluation
Collaborative Patient-Centred Coordinated Care (P3C) programme of work - with SWAHSN, South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commisioning Group and others
Analysing Implementation in Acute Stroke and Patient-Initiated Clinics project (ASPIC) - with SWAHSN
Externally-resourced Exeter Policing, Evidence, and Research Translation (ExPERT) project (College of Policing)
Dissemination and implementation in dementia care (Alzheimer’s Society)
Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: a realist review (NIHR HSDR)

APPEAL (Antenatal Preventative Pelvic floor Exercises and Localisation) - Delivery of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Education for Women During Pregnancy (NIHR programme grant led from University of Birmingham)

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.

Upcoming Events


PPI Advice Clinic

Plymouth, ITTC Building (PL6 8BX)

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

Comprehensive Mouth Care and Post-operative Pneumonia (CUPPA)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

A pilot study to see if comprehensive mouth-care reduces the incidence of post-operative pneumonia in...
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Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Epilepsy - A long term condition of children (CASTLE)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

PenCRU and the Evidence Synthesis Team are working with families, charities and health professionals specialising...
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Research Projects