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Job opportunity - Research Assistant

Posted on June 21st 2016
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Job opportunity - Research Assistant

This is a new post within the Clinical Trials and Populations Studies research group within the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. It is part of an NIHR funded systematic review of physical activity and alcohol and substance use disorders with stakeholder engagement. The project is part of a wider scheme of work within the research group involving disadvantaged groups and those with complex needs.

The Research Assistant will support the completion of a systematic review of physical activity interventions for alcohol and substance use disorders with stakeholder engagement.  They will be integral to the completion of the review,...

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PenCLAHRC Research Fellow wins Images of Research competition

Posted on June 20th 2016
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PenCLAHRC Research Fellow wins Images of Research competition

PenCLAHRC Research Fellow, Kate Boddy from the Public and Patient Involvement team, has won this year’s Images of Research competition under the theme of Collaboration, with her image called 'Public Participation'.

The competition is open to all research staff and aims to engage the public in academic research, showing the breadth and creativity of what is taking place at the University. It also provides an excellent opportunity for Early Career Researchers to communicate their research to non-specialists and gain valuable skills in public engagement and impact.

Kate said of her win:

This competition allowed us to showcase our work to a wide audience...

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Nominations now open for the Devon Venus Awards

Posted on June 10th 2016
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Nominations now open for the Devon Venus Awards

Now in its third year, the Devon Venus Awards recognises, celebrates and rewards local inspirational women throughout the county. Having begun in Dorset in 2009, the awards are now held in many counties across the country and continue to celebrate women for their contributions across a wide range of sectors.

This year, the awards will include a category on Inspirational Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine for the first time. PenCLAHRC are encouraging people to nominate an outstanding colleague who they feel would be worthy of recognition – whether it be their manager, mentor or even themselves.

Nominating someone for...

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New review investigates the health benefit of contact with the natural environment

Posted on June 9th 2016
in Project update

New review investigates the health benefit of contact with the natural environment

A team of Cochrane authors based in the UK and led by Dr Kerryn Husk from PenCLAHRC, have carried out a review investigating the health benefits of contact with the natural environment.

The team found that, whilst the majority of quantitative studies reported no effect on health and well-being, there was limited evidence to suggest positive effects on self-reported health, quality of life and physical activity levels. Small numbers of participants reported increased mental fatigue and greater feelings of anxiety.

The review comes at a time when there is growing research and policy interest in the potential for using the natural environment...

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Job opportunity - Associate Research Fellow

Posted on June 8th 2016
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Job opportunity - Associate Research Fellow

We are looking to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to work on a range of existing and new PenCLAHRC projects. The successful candidate will work initially on a mixed methods study seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to reduce acute paediatric admissions, as well as a project exploring the use of mindfulness based cognitive therapy for young people at risk of depressive relapse.

In addition, the post-holder will be expected to play an active role in identifying further research prospects relevant to PenCLAHRC’s research interests and developing them into research proposals and projects. The post holder will be expected to...

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PenCLAHRC research looks to reduce paediatric admissions in A&E

Posted on June 6th 2016
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Young boy in hospital setting

The number of people arriving at Accident and Emergency departments throughout the UK is rising at an unsustainable rate, and the number of children arriving at A&E has grown every year since 2003, causing a large amount of strain on these departments.

It is thought that a lack of experience among parents and junior doctors could be contributing to the large rises in paediatric hospital admissions, as well as changes in the way primary care is delivered. Previous approaches to reduce paediatric admissions have mainly focused on the prevention of arrivals at A&E and reducing the chances of them returning,...

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