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£2.7m study to focus on dementia support workers in primary care

Posted on October 25th 2018
in Project update, Research Funding

£2.7m study to focus on dementia support workers in primary care

A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of life for dementia patients and their carers.

Led by the University of Plymouth, the £2.7m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will develop a person-centred package of care in GP surgeries, focused on the introduction of one dementia expert (support worker) to link to the rest of the patient’s clinical team. 

The research project is supported by PenCLAHRC and is being managed by Dr Val Mann, Associate Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at...

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‘Floundering without support’ – a dementia carer’s story on why new research is vital

Posted on October 25th 2018
in Project update, Research Funding

Dorothy and Bob Tudor

Dorothy Tudor has cared for her partner Bob since he was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago. Watching the smiley, fun-loving carpenter transform into someone who no longer recognises her, Dorothy has been ‘floundering’ for support with nowhere to turn.

Here, she tells her story – and explains how introducing dementia support workers into GP surgeries could help ease the burden on people in a similar position. Dementia support workers exist in some organisations, but their role is not streamlined or consistent. New research to explore how to introduce them into primary care is being led by the University of Plymouth,...

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What is the recipe for a successful relationship and how should we teach school children?

Posted on October 22nd 2018
in Project update

What is the recipe for a successful relationship and how should we teach school children?

The Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education Association recommend that school children are taught about sex and relationships during their schooling years. Despite it not being a statutory requirement, the 2002 Education Act requires that all schools should teach a curriculum that ‘meets the needs of pupils’ and ‘prepares them for responsibilities and experiences of later life’. 

Incorporating relationship education into the school curriculum provides an opportunity to equip young people with the knowledge and skills required for healthy intimate relationships. While acknowledging that some schools are already teaching relationship education well, the importance of universal coverage is a stated motive for the upcoming move of relationship and sex education...

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PenCHORDs research helps Cornwall’s health and social care plan

Posted on October 19th 2018
in Project update

PenCHORDs research helps Cornwall’s health and social care plan

There is a national plan to improve the way people recieve urgent help and care, for conditions that are serious but not life threatening, such as broken bones, burns, sprains and strains. Cornwall will the first county to experience these changes, and three sites have been highlighted as key areas for new urgent care centres. 

This plan has been shaped by research that was undertaken by PenCHORD, who provided evidence through mathematical geographical modelling to inform decisions about where to best locate care services.

The urgent care centres will be located in Bodmin, Truro and West Cornwall. Each centre will enhance and support...

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Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

Posted on September 24th 2018
in Project update

Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an average of five times more weight than those using talking therapy alone, shows new research published today by PenCLAHRC, the University of Plymouth and Queensland University of Technology.

In addition, users of FIT lost 4.3cm more around their waist circumference in six months – and continued to lose weight after the intervention had finished.

PenCLAHRC's Dr Linda Solbrig led the research involved 141 participants, who were allocated either to FIT or Motivational Interviewing (MI) – a technique that sees a counsellor support someone to develop, highlight and verbalise their need...

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PenCHORD teach at international summer school focused on economic modelling in healthcare

Posted on September 20th 2018
in Events, PenCLAHRC people, Training

PenCHORD teach at international summer school focused on economic modelling in healthcare

This August saw the first International Summer School Riga (ISSR), which was hosted and organised by Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia. The week-long school drew in students of business, economics, healthcare and social sciences, plus researchers and academics from across Europe. The event focused on the question ‘How can we solve challenges in healthcare systems by applying economic modelling?’, and was explored through presentations, interactive workshops and skills exchange sessions.

Prof Martin Pitt and Dr Sean Manzi were invited to run workshops at the summer school and give students a hands on introduction to techniques for economic modelling in healthcare. Their participation was...

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Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes large-scale study

Posted on August 31st 2018
in Project update

Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes large-scale study

People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

PenCLAHRC supported The University of Exeter Medical School’s study which analysed data on stroke and dementia risk from 3.2 million people across the world.

The study builds on previous research which had established the link between stroke and dementia, though had not quantified the degree to which stroke actually increased dementia risk. To better understand the link between the two, researchers analysed 36 studies where participants had a history of stroke, totalling data from 1.9 million people. In...

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Highlighting ten years of CLAHRC success

Posted on August 28th 2018
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Highlighting ten years of CLAHRC success

From the South West right up to the North West Coast, 13 CLAHRCs operate across the UK, leading the way in high quality innovative applied health research, and facilitating knowledge exchange between CLAHRCs and the NHS.

This year we are celebrating 10 years of success, and to commemorate this the NIHR CLAHRCS have put together an infographic detailing our growth and achievements so far. We are delighted that collaboratively we have secured over £137 million in external funding and produced over 1,700 papers from 2015 to 2017.

Here at PenCLAHRC, we have recently submitted our Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) bid for the...

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Job opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Fellow

Posted on August 2nd 2018
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Job opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Fellow

The University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry are looking to recruit a Research Fellow within PenCLAHRC. The post holder will work on a range of new and existing PenCLAHRC projects, as well as playing an active role in identifying new topic areas for development. Whilst this is envisaged as a full-time post, part-time and flexible working arrangements will be considered. 

This post offers the opportunity for a Research Fellow to become part of the successful and enthusiastic Community and Primary Care Research Group (CPCRG), who are committed to improving public health and patient outcomes through innovative health research and implementation.  CPCRG have a...

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Professor Ken Stein appointed Director of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme

Posted on July 22nd 2018
in PenCLAHRC people

Professor Ken Stein appointed Director of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme

PenCLAHRC’s Deputy Director, Professor Ken Stein, has been appointed as Programme Director for the NIHR Systematic Reviews (SR) Programme. The NIHR SR Programme manages the NIHR support for Cochrane activities in the UK and the NIHR support for the academic units on whose work all National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) appraisals are based.

Ken will take on the role from September 2018, succeeding Professor Tom Walley, who says:

“I am delighted that Ken has accepted this position. I am confident that under Ken's leadership the NIHR SR Programme will continue to fund and oversee vital high quality research that will continue to provide decision makers...

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