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Researchers and NHS staff celebrate working together to tackle pressing health service issues

Posted on March 31st 2017
in Events, PenCLAHRC people, Training

Researchers and NHS staff celebrate working together to tackle pressing health service issues

Staff from NHS Trusts across the South West came together with PenCLAHRC researchers to celebrate the success of an innovative programme aimed at tackling problems faced by the health service.

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, run by our operational research team PenCHORD, is designed to embed the skills and knowledge needed to develop and use computer models to support decision making within the NHS.

The pilot programme culminated in a showcase event, held at the University of Exeter Medical School yesterday. Participants presented their project findings and shared how both they and their organisations have benefited from the scheme.

Over the past year,...

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Skype on Wheels: Reducing loneliness in care homes

Posted on March 28th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Skype on Wheels: Reducing loneliness in care homes

Video-calls using new technological devices are being used with older people in care environments across Devon and Cornwall to reduce loneliness and isolation, thanks to a PenCLAHRC-funded PhD project.

Sonam Zamir, a PhD student at PenCLAHRC, and Professor Ray Jones from Plymouth University have been working with care homes and hospitals since April 2015 to help older people get set up with Skype.

The Skype on Wheels project means older people can now stay better connected with distant relatives without getting out of bed, or needing to learn a new technology.

A Skype on Wheels device, developed by Professor Ray Jones and Plymouth...

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£2 million grant to improve rehabilitation of older people after discharge from hospital

Posted on March 24th 2017
in Research Funding

£2 million grant to improve rehabilitation of older people after discharge from hospital

A team of researchers specialising in care for older people, including PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow Dr Vicki Goodwin, have received £2 million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme to conduct a five year national study looking at how rehabilitation can be improved for older people with frailty, following discharge from hospital after an acute illness or injury.

The study, known as HERO (Home-based Extended Rehabilitation of Older people), will involve 718 older people with frailty admitted to hospital following acute illness or injury. Participants will be recruited across ten hospitals within Yorkshire and the South West...

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Impact of wobbly bridges and sky-scrapers on human health to be tested in new government-funded research centre

Posted on March 21st 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Impact of wobbly bridges and sky-scrapers on human health to be tested in new government-funded research centre

The impact of vibrations from very tall buildings, wobbly bridges and floors on people’s health and wellbeing is to be researched in a new £7.2 million government-funded national research facility at the universities of Exeter and Bath.

By recreating the vibrations using virtual-reality simulators, a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, physiologists, psychologists and medics, including PenCLAHRC’s Dr Vicki Goodwin, will explore how people can experience different symptoms of motion sickness such as tiredness, low mood, difficulty concentrating and lack of motivation if they are working in a building that sways slightly in the wind.

Despite looking rigid in appearance, tall buildings flex in...

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Outcome of research prioritisation round 2016/17

Posted on March 20th 2017
in Uncategorised

Outcome of research prioritisation round 2016/17

The research prioritisation process has been running since PenCLAHRC first formed in 2008 and is just one of the ways we aim to align our research programme with the needs and concerns of stakeholders and patients across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

For the latest round of prioritisation, local healthcare professionals, patients and the public submitted almost 60 questions for consideration. These were received via our web tool, by attendees at our Making Sense of Evidence workshops, from PenCLAHRC theme leads through their links with stakeholders, as well as via focused exploration of issues and settings over the past year.

During...

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Policing research partnership brings lasting impact

Posted on March 17th 2017
in Project update

Policing research partnership brings lasting impact

A collaborative study between the University of Exeter and Devon and Cornwall Police has fostered a long-term partnership to bring evidence and research into policing.

The Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation study (ExPERT) was set up to take the lessons learned from evidence-based practice in medicine and apply them to policing.

Funded by the College of Policing as part of a national drive to boost the decision-making process in law enforcement, ExPERT is led by the Policing and Evidence Group – an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Exeter, with expertise in criminology, law, public health, psychology and sociology...

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PenCLAHRC Research Fellow meets HRH Prince Charles at event celebrating care for older people

Posted on March 13th 2017
in Events, PenCLAHRC people

PenCLAHRC Research Fellow meets HRH Prince Charles at event celebrating care for older people

Dr Vicki Goodwin, Senior Research Fellow and physiotherapy specialist at PenCLAHRC, met with His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales at the British Geriatrics Society’s 70th anniversary celebration on 6 March.

Vicki represented her specialism in physiotherapy with older people at the event, which was held at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and was attended by over 150 people. His Royal Highness met with patients and members of the Society to celebrate the vital work of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers in caring for older people with complex healthcare needs.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is a multi-disciplinary membership organisation bringing together...

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HSMA Project Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Posted on March 10th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Training

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme is a pilot scheme run by PenCLAHRC’s operational modelling group PenCHORD. It brings university academics and health organisations from across the South West together, building capacity within the NHS to generate and use evidence from modelling and operational research techniques.

Associates were selected from NHS organisations based on their previous knowledge and skills, and the research question they proposed. As well as providing access to a PenCHORD mentor, it gives them the tools and knowledge to put their research rapidly into practice.

Karl Vile was new into the role of Operational Manager and Programme Lead at Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT)...

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Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Posted on March 9th 2017
in Project update

Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, PenCLAHRC aims 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. Highlighting how this works in practice, we’ve brought together some of the work we've carried out with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT).

PenCLAHRC has undertaken several successful projects in collaboration with the Trust, with some now feeding into Cornwall's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Collaborative projects include integrating the...

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