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PenPIG member contributes to study looking at effectiveness of treatments for depression

Posted on September 27th 2016
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PenPIG member contributes to study looking at effectiveness of treatments for depression

A recent study showing a simple and inexpensive therapy to be equally effective at treating depression as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was supported by PenCLAHRC Patient Involvement Group (PenPIG) member Nigel Reed.

Nigel formed part of the COBRA team – one of the largest studies in the world to assess treatments of depression through a randomised controlled clinical trial of two psychological interventions; Behavioural Activation (BA) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

The study led by researchers from the University of Exeter, included colleagues from the Universities of York, Kings College London, and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, as well as...

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Job opportunity - PenCTU Trial Manager (TARS)

Posted on September 26th 2016
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Job opportunity - PenCTU Trial Manager (TARS)

The Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) have a vacancy for an experienced Trial Manager/Researcher to join their growing trial management team to predominantly support the TARS (a multi-centred Trial of physical Activity assisted Reduction of Smoking) study.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with clinical trials experience to join a CTU which has retained full registration status from the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) since 2007. PenCTU has a growing portfolio of studies, funded by the NIHR and other major non-commercial research funding bodies and is also seeking to explore opportunities to support commercial trials.

The Trial Manager will primarily focus on...

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Job opportunity - Research Fellow

Posted on September 26th 2016
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Job opportunity - Research Fellow

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry wishes to recruit an experienced qualitative researcher to play a key role in the work of a team of researchers on a cutting edge study. 

This post is key to ensuring the successful delivery of a prestigious NIHR Programme Grant, Engager 2, awarded to develop and evaluate a complex intervention for prison leavers with common mental health problems. The Research Fellow will lead the conducting of the qualitative components of a parallel process evaluation, to explore how the intervention is working and will also contribute to mixed methods analyses and the ongoing development...

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Study looking at the impact of physical activity on alcohol and substance use disorders receives NIHR grant

Posted on September 23rd 2016
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Study looking at the impact of physical activity on alcohol and substance use disorders receives NIHR grant

A PenCLAHRC supported study involving a systematic review of research to see if, and how, physical activity and exercise could help those with alcohol and substance use disorders has received funding from the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme.

The research team, which includes partners from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Bristol University, Southampton University, King’s College London and Plymouth City Council, will analyse the evidence from existing research, which in turn will lead to a better understanding of if, and how, physical activity could be used as a tool for prevention, reduction...

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Job opportunity - PenCTU Trial Manager

Posted on September 22nd 2016
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Job opportunity - PenCTU Trial Manager

The Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) has a vacancy for a Trial Manager to join their growing trial management team.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone with clinical trials experience to join a CTU which has retained full registration status from the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) since 2007.  PenCTU has a growing portfolio of studies, funded by the NIHR and other major non-commercial research funding bodies and is also seeking to explore opportunities to support commercial trials.

We are looking for a suitably experienced person, with energy and enthusiasm to grasp new opportunities and help shape the future of...

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Job opportunity - Quality Assurance Manager

Posted on September 22nd 2016
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Job opportunity - Quality Assurance Manager

The Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) is seeking to appoint a Quality Assurance Manager to implement, manage and monitor quality assurance systems to ensure that all studies are consistently conducted to the highest standards in accordance with current legislative and regulatory frameworks.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a detailed knowledge of research governance processes and a sound understanding of quality assurance as applied throughout the entire life cycle of clinical trials. The PenCTU has retained full UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registration status since 2007 and has a growing portfolio of studies, funded by the NIHR and other...

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Reduce smoking study receives NIHR funding

Posted on September 21st 2016
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Reduce smoking study receives NIHR funding

A national study supported by PenCLAHRC has received £1.8 million of funding from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (NIHR HTA). Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) will test the effectiveness of new support to help smokers who want to reduce but not quit.

According to statistics from ASH, around 10 million adults in the UK smoke. Smoking prevalence has declined, yet the habit still claims approximately 100,000 lives each year. ASH claims that around two-thirds of current smokers want to reduce smoking but apart from e-cigarettes little support is available to help them - even...

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Job opportunity - Clinical Trials Facilitator

Posted on September 16th 2016
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Job opportunity - Clinical Trials Facilitator

The Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) is seeking to appoint a Clinical Trials Facilitator to contribute to the delivery of an effective clinical trial management service.

The Clinical Trials Facilitator will work with a multi-disciplinary team of trial managers, data managers, programmers and clinicians to ensure the successful development and delivery of a wide portfolio of clinical studies.

The applicant must have experience of working in health services research, clinical research or a clinical environment in an NHS, academic or commercial setting and must be conversant with current research governance requirements for clinical trials.

The ideal candidate should be experienced in the advanced...

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Job opportunity - Graduate Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Fellow

Posted on September 16th 2016
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Job opportunity - Graduate Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Fellow

The University of Exeter Medical School are looking to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Postdoctoral Research Fellow (depending upon experience) to support the work of Professor Christabel Owens.

The successful applicant will join a large, multi-disciplinary research team, co-ordinated by Professor Richard Byng at the University of Plymouth, on the NIHR-funded programme grant: 'ENGAGER II: Developing and evaluating a collaborative care intervention for offenders with common mental health problems, near to and after release.'

The post will involve analysing data from a number of focus groups carried out with male offenders who have recently been released from prison. The post...

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Job opportunity - Research Assistant

Posted on September 15th 2016
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Job opportunity - Research Assistant

We are looking to recruit a Research Assistant to join the thriving and expanding Primary Care Group within Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The ideal candidate will have experience or sufficient knowledge of psychometrics/questionnaire development and database management skills. The primary function of the role will be to work on several research projects, which will initially involve supporting the development of a patient experience measure and maintaining a database of person centred coordinated care measures. The Research Assistant will also support research projects adopted by PenCLAHRC, in addition to assisting senior researchers to develop research funding proposals,...

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