Throughout the year, PenCLAHRC encourages healthcare professionals and those using the health service across the South West to contact us with research questions, which could potentially be developed further into research projects. Due to the large number of questions received, we run a research prioritisation process to decide which questions we will take on and explore further.
The 2015 round of research prioritisation concluded just before Christmas. This round considered 68 questions in total, with stakeholders from our partner organisations across the South West voting to create a shortlist of 10 questions.
Our partners then met on the 14th December to discuss and rank the shortlist in order to establish which of these 10 questions were to be taken forward for further scoping and exploration. The partners were given priority briefs which contained background information and context on each of the 10 questions. These briefs were then discussed within the context of PenCLAHRC's prioritisation criteria:
- The size of the health problem
- The potential for health improvement
- The practicality of the research question
- Whether the South West is a good place to do this research
- Alignment with regional healthcare priorities.
After a final vote it was agreed that PenCLAHRC will dedicate resources to test the feasibility of the top two ranked questions:
- How can we best design, evaluate and implement a group-based programme for weight-management in Tier 3 obesity care?
- Is mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy effective in maintaining recovery and relapse prevention among young people who have recovered from an episode of emotional disorder?
Other questions discussed at the voting meeting on the topics of care homes and intermediate care have potential links to areas existing PenCLAHRC work and, although there is not currently enough resource available to devote to taking these topics forward as independent pieces of work, we will discuss with our teams already working in these areas whether these topics can be considered within their existing work.
We are now conducting scoping work for each of the top two ranked questions, in order to test their feasibility as potential research projects. A key priority will be to identify the integral and interested stakeholders from across the collaboration in order to start developing the question further.
You can find out about the outcomes of previous prioritisation rounds on our website, where you’ll also be able to find out more information about our prioritisation process.
Dates for the 2016 prioritisation process have yet to be confirmed, but questions can be submitted at any time throughout the year via our website.