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Fully Funded Dementia Research PhD Studentship Opportunity

Posted on July 18th 2019
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Fully Funded Dementia Research PhD Studentship Opportunity

The University of Exeter is fast becoming recognised for world-class dementia research. As a global top 100 university with over 100 researchers working in dementia, we have the expertise to make a real impact in this escalating world health challenge.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula at the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship: Non-pharmacological interventions for dementia behaviours: developing and evaluating a ‘living’ evidence and gap map, Institute of Health Research - PhD (Funded) Ref: 3600

For eligible students the studentship will...

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PenCLAHRC successful in application to become a designated and funded NIHR Applied Research Collaboration

Posted on July 11th 2019
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PenCLAHRC are delighted to be able to announce success in their bid to become a funded and designated NIHR Applied Research Collaboration.

In 2018 The NIHR launched a new competition to designate and fund NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs), a new approach to the NIHR CLAHRCs of previous years. PenCLAHRC submitted their application to the NIHR to secure designation and funding for five years as an NIHR ARC in autumn 2018, and are now able to confirm the success of their application.

The new funding is part of a £135 million government investment in health research aimed at tackling the biggest challenges the health and care...

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Job opportunity - Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor

Posted on July 10th 2019
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The Community and Primary Care Research Group within the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences at the University of Plymouth is looking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow or Associate Professor with expertise in qualitative methods and health services research to join the NIHR-funded dementia care programme, D-PACT (Dementia Person Aligned Care Team).

Research in this group is conducted through the involvement of practitioners, and the public, who are instrumental in helping to develop focused research questions and in designing projects.  Our research is often directed towards those individuals who are the most excluded or disempowered, have mental health problems and have...

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Professor Tamsin Ford awarded CBE for services to psychiatry

Posted on June 17th 2019
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Professor Tamsin Ford awarded CBE for services to psychiatry

Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter Medical School has been awarded a CBE for services to psychiatry in the 2019 Queen’s birthday honours list. Professor Ford has played an instrumental role in helping to improve health services and schools across the UK and advised Ofsted about mental health in relation to their new education inspection framework. Her work has been cited in recent health and education policy documents and is regularly cited in government.

Since 2010 Professor Ford has led a PenCLAHRC supported project, Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools (STARS), now in its...

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Leading Plymouth University Dementia champion awarded British Empire Medal

Posted on June 10th 2019
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Leading Plymouth University Dementia champion awarded British Empire Medal

Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the University of Plymouth and founder member of the Plymouth University Dementia Group has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. A leading figure in dementia care and research and ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, Ian’s award has been made in recognition of his services to people affected by dementia.

Ian, whose role within Alzheimer’s Society sees him travel the country to work with people to become Dementia Friends, said: “I’m completely blown away by the honour, and it’s a testament to the hard work of everyone involved...

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How to improve outcomes for children and young people with long term conditions – the evidence is in

Posted on June 5th 2019
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Children and young people suffering with long term physical conditions can find anxiety and depression impacting on their lives and on those around them. Now a systematic review, led by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula’s (PenCLAHRC) Evidence Synthesis Team has found that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) might help.

Among a range of findings the team identified evidence of the benefits of CBT for children and young people with inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain and epilepsy. The research, published in the NIHR Journals Library and funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health...

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DE-STRESS Project gains airtime on Radio 4s PM Programme

Posted on June 5th 2019
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DE-STRESS Project gains airtime on Radio 4s PM Programme

Within low-income communities, use of antidepressant medication is relatively high, but current strategies tend to frame mental distress as an individual psychological problem, rather than addressing the factors that are often the root causes of suffering.

Now a PenCLAHRC supported project, DE-STRESS, sets out to research how welfare reforms and austerity affect the treatment of mental health in low income communities. The team’s research will help to inform a stated government aim to reduce health inequalities amongst vulnerable groups by examining the connections between mental health, housing, employment and the criminal justice system.

Hear Dr Felicity Thomas and Professor Richard Byng of...

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Publication of findings from the National Survey of Local NHS Innovation and Research Needs

Posted on May 20th 2019
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The AHSN Network, NHS England and the NIHR commissioned ComRes to conduct a survey that would provide a detailed understanding of the innovation and research needs at local level across all AHSNs. The findings of this project were used to produce an initial statement of innovation and research needs in each AHSN area - one of the actions in the NHS England and NIHR joint paper on ‘12 actions to support research in the NHS’. 

These statements, alongside the regional and national report findings, will be used to facilitate further discussions at regional level, involving patients and the public and the research community, to...

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‘Robopets’ may be beneficial for care home residents

Posted on May 15th 2019
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‘Robopets’ may be beneficial for care home residents

Robotic pets that respond to human interaction can benefit the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes, a study has found, attracting national and regional media coverage and an assurance from Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage that the government “are investing £98 million to develop innovative new products – like robopets – services and treatments” for an ageing population.

Researchers found evidence that ‘robopets’ can provide pleasure and joy, reduce agitation and loneliness and increase feelings of comfort and safety in those living in care homes. Funded by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South...

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2019 PhD Studentships Announced

Posted on May 10th 2019
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2019 PhD Studentships Announced

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula at the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health is inviting applications for four fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in October 2019. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. Students will be based in South Cloisters in the College of Medicine and Health at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter.

PhD studentships are linked to project and priority areas. As...

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