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Staff from NHS Trusts across the South West came together with PenCLAHRC researchers to celebrate the success of an innovative programme aimed at tackling problems faced by the health service.
The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, run by our operational research team PenCHORD, is designed to embed the skills and knowledge needed to develop and use computer models to support decision making within the NHS.
The pilot programme culminated in a showcase event, held at the University of Exeter Medical School yesterday. Participants presented their project findings and shared how both they and their organisations have benefited from the scheme.
Over the past year,...Read more
Video-calls using new technological devices are being used with older people in care environments across Devon and Cornwall to reduce loneliness and isolation, thanks to a PenCLAHRC-funded PhD project.
Sonam Zamir, a PhD student at PenCLAHRC, and Professor Ray Jones from Plymouth University have been working with care homes and hospitals since April 2015 to help older people get set up with Skype.
The Skype on Wheels project means older people can now stay better connected with distant relatives without getting out of bed, or needing to learn a new technology.
A Skype on Wheels device, developed by Professor Ray Jones and Plymouth...Read more
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