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Impact of wobbly bridges and sky-scrapers on human health to be tested in new government-funded research centre

Posted on March 21st 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Impact of wobbly bridges and sky-scrapers on human health to be tested in new government-funded research centre

The impact of vibrations from very tall buildings, wobbly bridges and floors on people’s health and wellbeing is to be researched in a new £7.2 million government-funded national research facility at the universities of Exeter and Bath.

By recreating the vibrations using virtual-reality simulators, a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, physiologists, psychologists and medics, including PenCLAHRC’s Dr Vicki Goodwin, will explore how people can experience different symptoms of motion sickness such as tiredness, low mood, difficulty concentrating and lack of motivation if they are working in a building that sways slightly in the wind.

Despite looking rigid in appearance, tall buildings flex in...

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Outcome of research prioritisation round 2016/17

Posted on March 20th 2017
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Outcome of research prioritisation round 2016/17

The research prioritisation process has been running since PenCLAHRC first formed in 2008 and is just one of the ways we aim to align our research programme with the needs and concerns of stakeholders and patients across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

For the latest round of prioritisation, local healthcare professionals, patients and the public submitted almost 60 questions for consideration. These were received via our web tool, by attendees at our Making Sense of Evidence workshops, from PenCLAHRC theme leads through their links with stakeholders, as well as via focused exploration of issues and settings over the past year.

During...

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Policing research partnership brings lasting impact

Posted on March 17th 2017
in Project update

Policing research partnership brings lasting impact

A collaborative study between the University of Exeter and Devon and Cornwall Police has fostered a long-term partnership to bring evidence and research into policing.

The Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation study (ExPERT) was set up to take the lessons learned from evidence-based practice in medicine and apply them to policing.

Funded by the College of Policing as part of a national drive to boost the decision-making process in law enforcement, ExPERT is led by the Policing and Evidence Group – an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Exeter, with expertise in criminology, law, public health, psychology and sociology...

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PenCLAHRC Research Fellow meets HRH Prince Charles at event celebrating care for older people

Posted on March 13th 2017
in Events, PenCLAHRC people

PenCLAHRC Research Fellow meets HRH Prince Charles at event celebrating care for older people

Dr Vicki Goodwin, Senior Research Fellow and physiotherapy specialist at PenCLAHRC, met with His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales at the British Geriatrics Society’s 70th anniversary celebration on 6 March.

Vicki represented her specialism in physiotherapy with older people at the event, which was held at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and was attended by over 150 people. His Royal Highness met with patients and members of the Society to celebrate the vital work of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers in caring for older people with complex healthcare needs.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is a multi-disciplinary membership organisation bringing together...

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HSMA Project Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Posted on March 10th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Training

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme is a pilot scheme run by PenCLAHRC’s operational modelling group PenCHORD. It brings university academics and health organisations from across the South West together, building capacity within the NHS to generate and use evidence from modelling and operational research techniques.

Associates were selected from NHS organisations based on their previous knowledge and skills, and the research question they proposed. As well as providing access to a PenCHORD mentor, it gives them the tools and knowledge to put their research rapidly into practice.

Karl Vile was new into the role of Operational Manager and Programme Lead at Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT)...

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Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Posted on March 9th 2017
in Project update

Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, PenCLAHRC aims 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’ve brought together some of the work we've carried out with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT).

PenCLAHRC has undertaken several successful projects in collaboration with the Trust, with some now feeding into Cornwall's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Collaborative projects include integrating the...

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New estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population in England

Posted on February 13th 2017
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New estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population in England

Public Health England (PHE) has published a report, compiled by PenCLAHRC researchers based in the Health Services Research team at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), estimating the size of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) population in England.

The report estimates that 2.5 per cent of the population of England have self-identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, but this is likely to be an underestimate.

There is evidence to suggest that minority sexual orientation groups can experience high prevalence of poor mental health and low wellbeing. In order to assess health outcomes by sexual...

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PenCLAHRC staff share experiences of patient and public involvement in research

Posted on February 13th 2017
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PenCLAHRC staff share experiences of patient and public involvement in research

Senior PenCLAHRC staff members have shared their experiences of patient and public involvement in research (PPI), in video interviews with health information website healthtalk.org.

The website is run by a charity and provides free, reliable information about people’s experiences of more than 85 health-related issues including cancer, pregnancy, drugs and motor-neurone disease.

It was set up in 2001 by Oxford GP Dr Ann McPherson CBE and Dr Andrew Herxheimer after Dr McPherson was diagnosed with breast cancer and couldn’t find anyone to talk to about what it was like to experience the illness.

In his interview with the website, Director of PenCLAHRC Professor...

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Job Opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Assistant/Fellow

Posted on February 3rd 2017
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Job Opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Assistant/Fellow

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a self-motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistant or Research Fellow, to work within the Primary Care group at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. We are looking for someone with expertise in health services research.

The Primary Care research group has a democratic ethos and a high level of success in attracting funding. You will also be a part of the NIHR PenCLAHRC team, and have opportunities to build partnerships with leading health services researchers across the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter.

PenCLAHRC's novel ground-up approach to research, led by patients, clinicians and managers in collaboration with...

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Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

Posted on February 3rd 2017
in Project update

Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

A simple new questionnaire based on emoticon-style facial expressions could help teachers and others who work with children as young as four to engage them on their happiness and wellbeing levels in the classroom.

The How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS) questionnaire, designed by experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, is available to download for free. It uses emoticon-style faces with options of happy, ok or sad. The questionnaire asks children to rate how they feel in seven situations including on the way to school, in the classroom and in the playground. It is designed to...

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