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Helping ‘underperforming’ doctors get back up to scratch – review to explore medical remediation

Posted on January 15th 2019
in Research Funding

Helping ‘underperforming’ doctors get back up to scratch – review to explore medical remediation

Estimates suggest that 6% of doctors in the hospital workforce may be performing below the standard that is expected of them at any time. While serious cases will see doctors struck off, there are others where a doctor could benefit from help via a process called remediation.

Dr Nicola Brennan from the University of Plymouth is leading a review to explore if and how remediation programmes work for practising doctors and – as training a doctor costs around £500,000 to the UK taxpayer – how these processes might be improved in order to retain talent, save money for the NHS and...

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Study finds that probiotics can help improve pain experienced by children with recurrent abdominal pain

Posted on January 10th 2019
in Project update

Study finds that probiotics can help improve pain experienced by children with recurrent abdominal pain

PenCLAHRC researchers have published further findings from their review of the use of probiotics for the management of recurrent abdominal pain in children.

Recurrent abdominal pain is the second commonest reason for seeing a paediatrician after asthma. Affected children can be deeply distressed, and can often miss out on school and social activities.  

PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team member, Dr Rebecca Abbott and University of Exeter researchers, Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado and Dr Alice Martin, brought together the research from recent updated Cochrane reviews in a clinical evidence review for JAMA Pediatrics.

They found that after three months of taking probiotics, in particular Lactobacillus...

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Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

Posted on January 9th 2019
in Project update, Uncategorised

Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

Researchers who specialise in optimising health services worked with health trusts to produce evidence that secured £8 million in funding for a new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.

The new ward, which will be operated by Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT), will reduce the number of placements that have to be made away from Devon, keeping people closer to home for their care and treatment.

The research, which involved University of Exeter academics, was supported by PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), PenCLAHRC's operational research team. 

PenCHORD is a group of specialists that help healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients...

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