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Health app designer shortlisted for Health Service Journal Rising Star award

Posted on September 4th 2016
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Health app designer shortlisted for Health Service Journal Rising Star award

Dr Craig Newman, Mobile Health Tech Innovation Lead at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, has been shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the prestigious Health Services Journal (HSJ) Awards 2016. The HSJ awards recognise, celebrate and promote the finest achievements in the NHS across 23 categories.

Craig’s nomination recognises his impressive achievements in the development of health apps, which are of positive benefit to clinicians and patients worldwide.

As part of the PenCLAHRC supported NeuroCoRe project, Craig was instrumental in the development of ACEmobile - a free-to-use mobile technology-based...

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PenCLAHRC Research Fellow wins Images of Research competition

Posted on June 20th 2016
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PenCLAHRC Research Fellow wins Images of Research competition

PenCLAHRC Research Fellow, Kate Boddy from the Public and Patient Involvement team, has won this year’s Images of Research competition under the theme of Collaboration, with her image called 'Public Participation'.

The competition is open to all research staff and aims to engage the public in academic research, showing the breadth and creativity of what is taking place at the University. It also provides an excellent opportunity for Early Career Researchers to communicate their research to non-specialists and gain valuable skills in public engagement and impact.

Kate said of her win:

This competition allowed us to showcase our work to a wide audience...

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PenCLAHRC Director recognised as NIHR Senior Investigator

Posted on May 17th 2016
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PenCLAHRC Director recognised as NIHR Senior Investigator

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has recognised another researcher at the University of Exeter Medical School as being one of the most outstanding health researchers in the UK.

Professor Stuart Logan, Director of PenCLAHRC and Cerebra Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, has been made NIHR Senior Investigator for his commitment to the field. It means the Medical School now has four professors recognised with the NIHR’s prestigious title.

In all his roles, Professor Logan is committed to generating research with direct relevance to policy and practice, and helping to make research more accessible and useful to practitioners, the public and health...

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PenCLAHRC anaesthetist fellow part of winning BMJ Awards team

Posted on May 13th 2016
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PenCLAHRC anaesthetist fellow part of winning BMJ Awards team

Our partners at the South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) are celebrating after being announced as the Anaesthesia Team of the Year at this year’s British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards.

Set up four years ago, SWARM is a trainee-led audit and research collaboration between six NHS organisations in the region, including Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

It is also supported by Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) and PenCLAHRC,...

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Involving patients and the public in PenCLAHRC research

Posted on May 9th 2016
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PenPIG group meeting

Conducting research that is relevant to the concerns and needs of patients and the public is a key part of what PenCLAHRC does. Our renowned Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Team use innovative methods to ensure meaningful patient and public involvement and engagement is embedded in everything we do.

Key to our PPI success is the Peninsula Patient and Public Involvement Group (PenPIG) who have been working alongside PenCLAHRC since 2009 to maximise the benefits of health research and ensure it maintains relevance to the patient. The group is made up of a diverse selection of volunteers, with many having personal...

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Systematic reviewing support at PenCLAHRC

Posted on December 8th 2015
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Open book on desk

Our Evidence Synthesis Team (EST) support work across all of PenCLAHRC’s objectives. This includes providing methodological advice and support to the PenCLAHRC community through their fortnightly Search and Review clinics. Established in May 2012, these clinics provide an opportunity for academics, health care professionals and patients to meet with a systematic reviewer or an information specialist.

Since their introduction, the team have helped over 300 individuals from across the South West peninsula. Advice is available within this half hour slot without the need for an evidence synthesis expert to be formally involved in a piece of work. This means that the...

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Championing Public Engagement at TEDx Totnes

Posted on November 6th 2015
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Dr Kath Maguire

PenCLAHRC researcher, Dr Kath Maguire, has given a talk at the recent TEDx event in Totnes.

TEDx are a series of independently organised, community-focused events which bring speakers from across the local area to talk about topics that provoke and inspire. This event was part of the global TEDx series, based on the popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference series in the USA.

This year’s theme for TEDx Totnes was “In Our Hands?” and explored the topic of whether the future is really in our hands and what we can do to create and sculpt our future.  Kath, who is a member...

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Professor Mary Watkins becomes a member of the House of Lords

Posted on October 21st 2015
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Photo of Mary Watkins

We are very pleased to be able to congratulate Professor Mary Watkins, Chair of the PenCLAHRC Management Board, who has recently been made a peer in the House of Lords.

Professor Watkins, who has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University and Non-Executive Director at the South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST), has been made a Baroness and will be a cross-bench peer.

Professor Watkins has had a long career as a nurse and her peerage is in recognition of her many years of service in the nursing, education, social enterprise and housing sectors.

Speaking of the peerage, Professor Watkins said:

“I am honoured...

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Police and University join forces to harness research potential

Posted on August 20th 2015
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Police and University join forces to harness research potential

A new research project will unite police and researchers to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving approaches within policing.

A team from the University of Exeter, including PenCLAHRC's Dr Iain Lang and Dr Mark Pearson, have secured nearly £250,000 from the Police Knowledge Fund to foster stronger collaboration between the police force and researchers, ensuring practices are rooted in the best evidence of what is effective. The team will help police find and use information to ensure the best outcomes for the police and public are achieved.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg said of the project:

“This is...

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Simple classroom measures may reduce the impact of ADHD on children

Posted on July 1st 2015
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Children working together

New research indicates that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be successfully supported in classrooms through strategies that do not involve drugs. A systematic review of research, led by the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, has found that non-drug interventions in schools may be effective in improving outcomes, such as performance in standard tests, for children with ADHD.

Children with ADHD are typically restless, act without thinking and struggle to concentrate, which causes particular problems for them and for others in school. There are many different  ways of supporting these children, including training to increase...

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