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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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
A new editorial in the British Journal of General Practice, led by PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Richard Byng, analyses the GP role in the sickness certification process and the new Fit for Work Scheme and suggests that GPs are key to supporting individuals to maintain the hope and belief that they can work, “rather than adding to the numbers of individuals off work on long term sickness who may have been able to work.”
The Fit for Work Scheme will be introduced in most regions in England and Wales at the end of June 2015. Its aim is to provide additional...Read more
More than half a million pounds of new cutting-edge research which aims to advance us towards a dementia cure and improve dementia care has been awarded to the University of Exeter Medical School by Alzheimer’s Society.
In the UK alone, more than 850,000 people live with dementia, and the figure is expected to rise to more than 1 million by 2021 if no action is taken. Currently, dementia costs the UK economy £26.3 billion each year, on top of the emotional burden on families and carers.
Now, a series of awards from Alzheimer’s Society to health researchers will help us to better...Read more
Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (supported by PenCLAHRC) are part of a team led by the University of Oxford, who have carried out new research that suggests mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could provide an alternative non-drug treatment for people who do not wish to continue long-term antidepressant treatment.
The results come from the first ever large study to compare MBCT – structured training for the mind and body which aims to change the way people think and feel about their experiences – with maintenance antidepressant medication for reducing the risk of relapse in depression.
The study aimed...Read more
PenCLAHRC researcher Dr Kath Maguire has been recognised as an inspirational woman as part of the University of Exeter International Women's Day (IWD) 2015 celebrations. Kath is an Associate Research Fellow in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) for PenCLAHRC's PPI team and has been involved in health research for a number of years, joining PenCLAHRC as a member of PenPIG (PenCLAHRC's user involvement group).
As a Public Engagement Champion Kath works with community researchers on development projects, assisting them in accessing research information and showcasing their work. Kath completed her PhD in Public and Patient Involvement in Theory and in Practice and is skilled in encouraging people to engage with research...Read more