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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...Read more
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...Read more
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)...Read more
Senior PenCLAHRC staff members have shared their experiences of patient and public involvement in research (PPI), in video interviews with health information website healthtalk.org.
The website is run by a charity and provides free, reliable information about people’s experiences of more than 85 health-related issues including cancer, pregnancy, drugs and motor-neurone disease.
It was set up in 2001 by Oxford GP Dr Ann McPherson CBE and Dr Andrew Herxheimer after Dr McPherson was diagnosed with breast cancer and couldn’t find anyone to talk to about what it was like to experience the illness.
In his interview with the website, Director of PenCLAHRC Professor...Read more
Professor Jonathan Pinkney from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and lead researcher on the PenCLAHRC funded Avoidable Acute Admissions (AAA) project, talks about the current winter crisis in hospitals.
With our hospitals on high levels of alert and seemingly insurmountable pressures on the rest of the NHS and social care networks, now more than ever before, the question is being asked: “what next for our NHS?”
In recent months, an increasing number of hospitals have been put on level five alerts as pressures from emergency admissions have serious repercussions for bed occupancy and planned (elective) treatments.
The issues faced...Read more
Research carried out by Plymouth University into the experience of dementia in farming and farming families, and its impact on their businesses and home lives, has identified four areas of concern.
The year-long study was undertaken by Dr Claire Kelly and Dr Richard Yarwood, with support from Ian Sherriff, who is supported by PenCLAHRC and is Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the University and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Rural Dementia Friendly Task and Finish Group. It is the first time that research has addressed this issue in farming.
Sixteen farmers from across Devon were interviewed, along with seven professionals from...Read more
Ian Sherriff, who is supported by PenCLAHRC, has helped develop new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines on hidden disabilities and airports.
New guidance published by the CAA will help passengers with
hidden disabilities get better support at UK airports and more
effective communication ahead of travel, to help reduce stress and
Following a wide-ranging consultation with airports and disability organisations, the CAA has set out a number of key guidelines that include providing identity badges, bracelets or lanyards and ensuring information is available in a range of formats, including clear pictograms and audio messages.
In addition, airports are...
A PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow and physiotherapist based at the University of Exeter Medical School has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year's Honours list 2017.
Dr Vicki Goodwin has been awarded the honour, presented for significant achievement or outstanding service to Physiotherapy.
Vicki is a physiotherapist specialising in the care of older people. Her main research interests are around the rehabilitation of older people, including those with dementia. She specialises in areas including rehabilitation after falls – working towards ensuring older people can have the best quality of life possible.
Dr Goodwin said:
“I am completely shocked and truly humbled that...Read more
Colleagues from PenCLAHRC presented projects being undertaken in partnership with the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN), at their recent ‘Sharing Best Practice’ Conference 2016.
The SW AHSN Sharing Best Practice Conference, designed for health and care professionals, attracted around 200 people from all over the UK. The event was designed to give idea-focused presentations on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and provoke conversations, along with more in-depth sessions.
Research Fellow Dr Jo Day and Dr Iain Lang, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, both from PenCLAHRC, delivered a session with Jo Gajtkowska from the SW AHSN on the...Read more
We are pleased to announce that Professor Chris Dickens, Chair of Psychological Medicine, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Joel Town, have been appointed as Theme Lead and Deputy Theme Lead respectively, for Mental Health and Dementia at PenCLAHRC.
Professor Dickens has, throughout his career, researched the causes, effects and treatments of emotional problems in people with chronic physical illness,.
Since joining the University of Exeter Medical School in 2011 Professor Dickens has continued to focus on the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the management of common mental disorders in people with chronic physical illness – working on a number of...Read more