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A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.
The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that good relationships, social engagement, better everyday functioning, good physical and mental health, and high-quality care were all linked to better quality of life for people with dementia.
Professor Linda Clare, at the University of Exeter, said:
“This research supports the identification of national priorities for supporting people to live as well as possible with dementia. While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments,...Read more
PenCLAHRC Director, Professor Stuart Logan, has spoken to BBC Radio Devon about the problems behind lengthy wait times for non-urgent NHS operations.
Many NHS patients who require non-urgent surgery are finding that they are faced with longer and longer waiting lists. Over 300 people in the South West have now been waiting for treatment for over 12 months.
In conversation with Janet Kipling on BBC Radio Devon, Stuart notes that this is because the NHS is under heavy strain as demand for resource increases.
“Fundamentally we just don’t have the kind of resources to be able to deliver the kind of health care that people...Read more
As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, we aim 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.
Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) provide a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs in Devon, the wider South West region, and nationally. PenCLAHRC have collaborated with the Trust on a number of projects with the aim to advance the delivery of high quality services.
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PenCLAHRC researcher, Dr Iain Lang, has commented on a new study published in The Lancet Public Health, which provides evidence to suggest that people who drink excessively are putting themselves at serious risk of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Lead by Michaël Schwarzinger, MD, the study used the French National Hospital Discharge database to examine over a million people diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. More than a third – 38% of the 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia – were found to be directly alcohol-related and 18% had an additional diagnosis of alcohol use disorders. Alcohol use disorders were concluded...Read more
Members of PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, have been working towards transferring their work to Free Open Source Software (FOSS). Dr Mike Allen, Senior Modeller with PenCHORD, and Operational Researcher Kerry Pearn, have successfully made the switch to FOSS, which means everything they are doing is now free of any license or intellectual property (IP) considerations, and they can share their work freely for others to use.
With FOSS, anyone is freely licensed to use, copy, study and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software. This is in contrast to proprietary software, where the software is under restrictive copyright and the source code...Read more
Inspired by her own experience as a mum to child with autism, a dental hygienist has published new research hoping to make dental examinations less stressful for autistic children.
Nicole Thomas, from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, suggests that giving children the power of choice could make a world of difference to a child with autism. Something as simple as allowing a child to select the colour of mouthwash they use after a dental examination can improve their experience. With support from PenCLAHRC, Nicole worked alongside researchers at the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit (PenCRU) at the University of Exeter...Read more
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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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...Read more
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...Read more
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.
"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...Read more