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New Study Underpins the Future of Person Centred Care

Posted on November 15th 2017
in Project update

New Study Underpins the Future of Person Centred Care

Health provision is moving away from disease-based models to person centred delivery. This study addresses the development of a new practical tool to support organisations and practitioners in delivering this new approach.

Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings. The NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care, while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. Such an economic challenge has been the catalyst for new and sometimes radical thinking about how care is delivered. This has resulted in a move...

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Care Under Pressure

Posted on November 10th 2017
in Project update

Care Under Pressure

The National Health Service (NHS) needs healthy, motivated doctors to provide high quality care for patients. Unfortunately, being a doctor is a challenging job in a pressurised work environment, so doctors are more likely to suffer from mental ill-health than other working adults.

A recent survey of doctors who were members of the organisation Medical Protection suggested that 85% had experienced mental health issues, including stress (75%), anxiety (49%), depression (32%) and suicidal feelings (13%). In November 2015, the Head of Thought Leadership at the King’s Fund said stress levels among NHS staff are “astonishingly high”.

When they become ill, doctors...

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Family praise for project to reduce loneliness in care homes

Posted on November 6th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Sonam Zamir with Cath Camp

A family whose mother could not speak or hear has praised a project which helped them communicate with her in her final days. The project is led by PenCLAHRC PhD student Sonam Zamir, who is researching the effectiveness of video calls at reducing loneliness and isolation in care home settings.

Jerry Camp explained how his mother Cath Camp "got a real lift" from receiving video calls from family throughout the UK while living at Valley View Rest Home in Plymouth, the flagship home owned by Ark Care Homes Ltd, before her death in August following a short illness.

Delivered as part of...

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Launch of HSMA 2018 Programme

Posted on October 25th 2017
in Events, Project update, Training

HSMA homepage

Following a hugely successful first round of the Health Service Modelling Associate (HSMA) Programme, a second round of the scheme – HSMA 2018 - has been launched, a joint initiative between PenCLAHRC and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW ASHN).

The HSMA Programme is a scheme run by PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD. Working directly with staff from NHS organisations in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, the programme aims to support the increased use of operational research within health service development and decision making. A number of NHS staff from across the region were released from their usual role for a day a week to undertake an advanced...

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Partner in Focus: Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNT)

Posted on October 20th 2017
in Project update

Derriford Hospital

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. 

We have been working in partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNT) since PenCLAHRC’s inception in 2008. Below are some examples of projects which have resulted in real change to the way the Trust works.

 

Success of SWARM's CUPPA trial

Set up five years ago, the South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) is a trainee-led audit and research...

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Partnership with Dartington Service Design Lab boosted by strategic collaboration with PenCHORD

Posted on October 18th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Dartington Lab

The Dartington Service Design Lab is entering into a strategic collaboration with PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) and the wider PenCLAHRC, building on their strong partnership over many years.

The Dartington Service Design Lab (the Lab) was formed in September 2017, before which it was known as the Dartington Social Research Unit (DSRU). Over the past five years, the Lab has collaborated with PenCLAHRC on a number of projects, including a number of randomised controlled trials of services for children and young people as part of the Realising Ambition and Birmingham Brighter Futures projects as well as a chapter in...

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Prof Adrian Taylor appointed Associate Dean for Research in PUPSMD

Posted on October 2nd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Prof Adrian Taylor

Following his recent appointment as Associate Dean for Research for Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), Professor Adrian Taylor talks about his new role and the projects with which he's involved.

"I was delighted to take on the role of Associate Dean for Research in PUPSMD in April for the next three years. I think this reflects the growing strength and interest in health services research, both within PUPSMD but also across the University of Plymouth. Within PUPSMD, working with colleagues in the newly launched Community and Primary Care Research Group, the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit and the Medical...

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Prestigious prize awarded at ORAHS 2017

Posted on September 29th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Prestigious prize awarded at ORAHS 2017

Many congratulations to Sebastian Rachuba, who was awarded the Steve Gallivan prize at the EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services (ORAHS) 2017 conference for his project with the RD&E Hospital on modelling capacity requirements for the CDU in the A&E (which was conducted alongside the HSMA scheme). The prize is awarded to early career scholars for the most promising work demonstrative collaboration between research and NHS organisations.

Sebastian says:

"The project work with Alaric and Laura was incredibly enjoyable. All of us invested a lot to make this work as useful as possible for the RD&E. Seeing our...

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Professor Rob Anderson wins prestigious book prize

Posted on September 15th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Public Health and Epidemiology

Rob Anderson, Associate Professor of Health Economics and Evaluation, was one of the authors to win first prize in the Public Health category of the 2017 BMA Medical Book Awards on Monday night.

The prize was awarded for their undergraduate medical textbook, Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance (2nd edition). 

Professor Anderson co-authored the book along with Dr Margaret Somerville and Dr K Kumaran. He said he was “totally surprised” for their book to have won amid such a high calibre of shortlisted books.

“Many of the examples we used in the book drew directly from the research-inspired teaching and real connections to...

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Stroke Association awards funding for stroke thrombectomy collaboration

Posted on August 16th 2017
in Project update, Research Funding

PenCHORD team image

A study into a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke in England, carried out by researchers from PenCLAHRC with colleagues from Newcastle University, Northumbria University and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, has been awarded funding of £22,000 from the Stroke Association.

Stroke is a serious, life-threatening and often debilitating condition, which can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people a year are admitted to hospital following a stroke, with many of those who survive left severely disabled.

Mechanical clot removal (known as thrombectomy) can substantially reduce disability, if carried out within...

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