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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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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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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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HSMA Project Focus - Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Posted on September 13th 2016
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HSMA Project Focus - Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme is a pilot scheme run by PenCLAHRC. It aims to bring academics from Exeter and Plymouth universities together with health organisations to carry out operational research to a high standard, with the best tools and knowledge available and at a pace the NHS needs to put such research rapidly into practice.

Recognising that the more informed their decisions are, the better the outcomes for patients will be, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the organisations supporting the scheme. They have released Nic Harrison, Senior Business Analyst in the Contracting and Business...

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Health app designer shortlisted for Health Service Journal Rising Star award

Posted on September 4th 2016
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Health app designer shortlisted for Health Service Journal Rising Star award

Dr Craig Newman, Mobile Health Tech Innovation Lead at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, has been shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the prestigious Health Services Journal (HSJ) Awards 2016. The HSJ awards recognise, celebrate and promote the finest achievements in the NHS across 23 categories.

Craig’s nomination recognises his impressive achievements in the development of health apps, which are of positive benefit to clinicians and patients worldwide.

As part of the PenCLAHRC supported NeuroCoRe project, Craig was instrumental in the development of ACEmobile - a free-to-use mobile technology-based...

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