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Family praise for project to reduce loneliness in care homes

Posted on November 6th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Sonam Zamir with Cath Camp

A family whose mother could not speak or hear has praised a project which helped them communicate with her in her final days. The project is led by PenCLAHRC PhD student Sonam Zamir, who is researching the effectiveness of video calls at reducing loneliness and isolation in care home settings.

Jerry Camp explained how his mother Cath Camp "got a real lift" from receiving video calls from family throughout the UK while living at Valley View Rest Home in Plymouth, the flagship home owned by Ark Care Homes Ltd, before her death in August following a short illness.

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Partnership with Dartington Service Design Lab boosted by strategic collaboration with PenCHORD

Posted on October 18th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Dartington Lab

The Dartington Service Design Lab is entering into a strategic collaboration with PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) and the wider PenCLAHRC, building on their strong partnership over many years.

The Dartington Service Design Lab (the Lab) was formed in September 2017, before which it was known as the Dartington Social Research Unit (DSRU). Over the past five years, the Lab has collaborated with PenCLAHRC on a number of projects, including a number of randomised controlled trials of services for children and young people as part of the Realising Ambition and Birmingham Brighter Futures projects as well as a chapter in...

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Prof Adrian Taylor appointed Associate Dean for Research in PUPSMD

Posted on October 2nd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Prof Adrian Taylor

Following his recent appointment as Associate Dean for Research for Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), Professor Adrian Taylor talks about his new role and the projects with which he's involved.

"I was delighted to take on the role of Associate Dean for Research in PUPSMD in April for the next three years. I think this reflects the growing strength and interest in health services research, both within PUPSMD but also across the University of Plymouth. Within PUPSMD, working with colleagues in the newly launched Community and Primary Care Research Group, the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit and the Medical...

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Prestigious prize awarded at ORAHS 2017

Posted on September 29th 2017
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Prestigious prize awarded at ORAHS 2017

Many congratulations to Sebastian Rachuba, who was awarded the Steve Gallivan prize at the EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services (ORAHS) 2017 conference for his project with the RD&E Hospital on modelling capacity requirements for the CDU in the A&E (which was conducted alongside the HSMA scheme). The prize is awarded to early career scholars for the most promising work demonstrative collaboration between research and NHS organisations.

Sebastian says:

"The project work with Alaric and Laura was incredibly enjoyable. All of us invested a lot to make this work as useful as possible for the RD&E. Seeing our...

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Professor Rob Anderson wins prestigious book prize

Posted on September 15th 2017
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Public Health and Epidemiology

Rob Anderson, Associate Professor of Health Economics and Evaluation, was one of the authors to win first prize in the Public Health category of the 2017 BMA Medical Book Awards on Monday night.

The prize was awarded for their undergraduate medical textbook, Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance (2nd edition). 

Professor Anderson co-authored the book along with Dr Margaret Somerville and Dr K Kumaran. He said he was “totally surprised” for their book to have won amid such a high calibre of shortlisted books.

“Many of the examples we used in the book drew directly from the research-inspired teaching and real connections to...

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Study reveals that exclusion from school can trigger long-term psychiatric illness

Posted on July 21st 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

School exclusion study

Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown. Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school.

The analysis by a team led by Professor Tamsin Ford of responses from over 5,000 school-aged children, their parents and their teachers, found that children with learning difficulties and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism spectrum conditions were more likely to be excluded from the classroom.  

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PenCLAHRC's take on social prescribing in BMJ Opinion

Posted on July 19th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Dr Kerryn Husk

Social prescribing has the potential to address many of the factors that perpetuate illness, decrease quality of life and add to health care costs – such as social isolation, inactivity and smoking. It has expanded the options available to GPs who have patients requiring financial, housing and other social advice alongside their medical care.

In a piece published in BMJ Opinion, PenCLAHRC Research Fellow Dr Kerryn Husk warns that, in order for social prescribing to reach its full potential and make a true difference to patients, more needs to be done to understand what works, for whom, and in what circumstances.

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Results of GREAT trial released at Alzheimers Association International Conference 2017

Posted on July 19th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Professor Linda Clare

A large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, presented at the international Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 on Tuesday July 18, has found that cognitive rehabilitation leads to people seeing satisfying progress in areas that enable them to maintain their functioning and independence.

The Goal-oriented Cognitive Rehabilitation in Early-stage Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias: Multi-centre Single-blind Randomised Controlled Trial (GREAT) trial involved 475 people across eight sites in England and Wales. Half of them received ten cognitive rehabilitation sessions over three months, and the other half did not. The group receiving the therapy then took part in four ‘top-up’ sessions...

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Carers speak about helping to shape research and education

Posted on June 16th 2017
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Carers speak about helping to shape research and education

Carers have spoken about the value of sharing their experiences with students and researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, to increase awareness and help support other carers in the community.

Volunteer Heather Boult, from Countess Wear in Exeter, said:

“As part of Carers week, it's about saying you are not alone in how you feel. Speak up and get involved in research, as it's the most rewarding, challenging and best way to change and improve the future for all patients. Don't be your illness or your NHS number or' just a patient', you are a person with a voice and...

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PenCHORD awarded funding to forge links with India

Posted on June 2nd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Training

PenCHORD awarded funding to forge links with India

An internationalisation grant has been awarded to PenCHORD – PenCLAHRC’s operational research group – to establish a research collaboration between the University of Exeter Medical School and Charusat University in India.

Charusat University is situated in the Gujarat state of India and specialises in science, technology and management courses. The university works closely with the newly-established Charusat Hospital, situated next to the university campus, to develop staff skills and resources.

This collaboration aims to combine both universities’ specialisms in healthcare and operational research, by using modelling to support service delivery at Charusat Hospital.

Martin Pitt, Director of PenCHORD, established links with Charusat University when he visited senior...

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