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PenCLAHRC presents at SW AHSN 'Sharing Best Practice' Conference 2016

Posted on December 12th 2016
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PenCLAHRC presents at SW AHSN 'Sharing Best Practice' Conference 2016

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...

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PenCLAHRC appoints Mental Health and Dementia theme lead and deputy

Posted on November 29th 2016
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PenCLAHRC appoints Mental Health and Dementia theme lead and deputy

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...

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Plymouth University academic appointed as Alzheimer's Society ambassador

Posted on October 14th 2016
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Plymouth University academic appointed as Alzheimer's Society ambassador

Plymouth University academic Ian Sherriff, who is supported by PenCLAHRC, has been appointed by the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, Alzheimer’s Society, as an Ambassador. 

As an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Ian will support the charity in a variety of ways from speaking at events, raising awareness of dementia and using his expertise and professional contacts to support the work of the charity.
 
As Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Ian has been involved in numerous projects designed to improve the lives of people with dementia. His work includes an ambition to...

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PenPIG member contributes to study looking at effectiveness of treatments for depression

Posted on September 27th 2016
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PenPIG member contributes to study looking at effectiveness of treatments for depression

A recent study showing a simple and inexpensive therapy to be equally effective at treating depression as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was supported by PenCLAHRC Patient Involvement Group (PenPIG) member Nigel Reed.

Nigel formed part of the COBRA team – one of the largest studies in the world to assess treatments of depression through a randomised controlled clinical trial of two psychological interventions; Behavioural Activation (BA) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

The study led by researchers from the University of Exeter, included colleagues from the Universities of York, Kings College London, and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, as well as...

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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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