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Helping ‘underperforming’ doctors get back up to scratch – review to explore medical remediation

Posted on January 15th 2019
in Research Funding

Helping ‘underperforming’ doctors get back up to scratch – review to explore medical remediation

Estimates suggest that 6% of doctors in the hospital workforce may be performing below the standard that is expected of them at any time. While serious cases will see doctors struck off, there are others where a doctor could benefit from help via a process called remediation.

Dr Nicola Brennan from the University of Plymouth is leading a review to explore if and how remediation programmes work for practising doctors and – as training a doctor costs around £500,000 to the UK taxpayer – how these processes might be improved in order to retain talent, save money for the NHS and...

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Study finds that probiotics can help improve pain experienced by children with recurrent abdominal pain

Posted on January 10th 2019
in Project update

Study finds that probiotics can help improve pain experienced by children with recurrent abdominal pain

PenCLAHRC researchers have published further findings from their review of the use of probiotics for the management of recurrent abdominal pain in children.

Recurrent abdominal pain is the second commonest reason for seeing a paediatrician after asthma. Affected children can be deeply distressed, and can often miss out on school and social activities.  

PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team member, Dr Rebecca Abbott and University of Exeter researchers, Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado and Dr Alice Martin, brought together the research from recent updated Cochrane reviews in a clinical evidence review for JAMA Pediatrics.

They found that after three months of taking probiotics, in particular Lactobacillus...

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Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

Posted on January 9th 2019
in Project update, Uncategorised

Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

Researchers who specialise in optimising health services worked with health trusts to produce evidence that secured £8 million in funding for a new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.

The new ward, which will be operated by Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT), will reduce the number of placements that have to be made away from Devon, keeping people closer to home for their care and treatment.

The research, which involved University of Exeter academics, was supported by PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), PenCLAHRC's operational research team. 

PenCHORD is a group of specialists that help healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients...

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PenCHORD mentored Health Service Modelling Analyst instrumental in securing 8m funding for new adult mental health ward at Torbay Hospital

Posted on December 19th 2018
in Project update

PenCLAHRC’s Operational Research team, PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), are a group of specialists that assist healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients make informed decisions about change in the NHS using Operational Research (OR). The team run an annual Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme where they provide a number of health service employees from across the South West with training, a mentor and day release, one day a week, to tackle a work based research project that can be used by the NHS Trust to solve a specific issue or question.

Karl Vile, Programme Manager for...

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PenCHORD’s HSMA 2018 Programme presentations showcase the impact of Operational Research in the health sector

Posted on December 18th 2018
in Events

PenCHORD’s HSMA 2018 Programme presentations showcase the impact of Operational Research in the health sector

On 5th December 2018 a broad range of delegates from the NHS, HE and related public sector organisations attended the Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Presentation Seminar, the closing event of PenCHORD’s 2018 HSMA Programme. The HSMA Programme is a joint initiative between PenCHORD (PenCLAHRC’s Operational Research team) and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) that aims to support the increased use of Operational Research for development and decision making within the health service.

Each year a number of health service employees (Associates) are given training, a mentor and day release, one day a week, to tackle a...

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Scheme to improve wellbeing of parent carers to start trials

Posted on December 4th 2018
in Project update

Scheme to improve wellbeing of parent carers to start trials

A support programme to help parents of disabled children stay healthy in mind and body will begin its first trial in the coming months, and is looking for participants.

Healthy Parent Carers is a programme which aims to help parents cope with the strain of being carers by encouraging them to take a bit of time to focus on their own wellbeing.

The study, run by the Peninsula Childhood Disability Research Unit (PenCRU) at the University of Exeter, will investigate the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing the scheme in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. It is funded by the National Institute for Health...

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Partner in Focus: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Posted on November 29th 2018
in Uncategorised

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, we aim to work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns of the health service in the South West. 

Highlighting how this works in practice, we have brought together some of the work we have carried out with the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT).

Researchers in residence

With pressure increasing on the NHS due to factors such as an ageing population and those living with multiple complex health and social care...

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The Patient Public Involvement team receive a visit from Norway

Posted on November 23rd 2018
in Events

The Patient Public Involvement team receive a visit from Norway

PenCLAHRCs Patient Public Involvement (PPI) team got a visit from Norway, who were interested in learning how the team collaborate with patients, carers and members of the public in research. 

The visitors, who are leaders at the regional health authority of Northern Norway and health researchers at Tromso University and Tromso hospital, engaged with members of the Public Involvement Group (PenPIG) and the PPI team over the course of two days. 

Dr Kristin Liabo said: "As always we learn something when we share our work with others, and our visitors said they were now inspired to initiate more patient and public involvement in their area."

As well as...

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Dementia screening app wins national award

Posted on November 22nd 2018
in Project update

Dementia screening app wins national award

A Plymouth-designed app that helps to carry out dementia screening tests has been named a winner at the world's largest healthcare awards programme, the HSJ Awards.

In a record pool of 1,500 applications, ACEmobile, developed by Dr Craig Newman from the University of Plymouth and Dr Rupert Noad from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, was named the winner of the ‘Using Technology to Improve Efficiency’ category at the ceremony at the Intercontinental at London’s O2 on 21 November. 

ACEmobile is the first tool of its kind, supporting doctors and nurses through the whole process of a common dementia screening assessment known as...

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Online ADHD service map aims to stop young people slipping through net

Posted on November 22nd 2018
in Project update

Online ADHD service map aims to stop young people slipping through net

Researchers at the University of Exeter have released a map put together from the results of a national survey. The new map aims to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD).

More than 2,500 young people, parents, health workers and UK commissioners provided information on services for adults with ADHD in their area, early in 2018. The survey responses have been used to create a map of existing adult ADHD services in the UK, which is now live.

Once considered to be a condition restricted to childhood, there is clear evidence that ADHD persists...

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