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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
in PenCLAHRC people, Research Funding

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
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

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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The Fit for Work Scheme - What it Means for Patients and GPs

Posted on June 29th 2015
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GP consultation with Patient

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...

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More than £500,000 to fund dementia research at Exeter

Posted on May 28th 2015
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More than £500,000 to fund dementia research at Exeter

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...

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Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse

Posted on May 7th 2015
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Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse

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...

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Dr Kath Maguire recognised as an inspirational woman

Posted on March 17th 2015
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Dr Kath Maguire recognised as an inspirational woman

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...

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Testing the 'incredible' route to children's and parents' wellbeing

Posted on March 16th 2015
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Parent and child

A pioneering research project led by the University of York and involving researchers from PenCLAHRC, will evaluate newly-developed programmes that aim to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of children under two and their parents.

The four-year project led by the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at York, with colleagues from the University’s Departments of Health Sciences, Social Work and Social Policy and Centre for Health Economics, is backed by a £1.85 million grant from the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research).

The study also includes co-investigators from the universities of Central Lancashire, Sheffield, and Maynooth, with initial partners including Action for Children,...

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Professor Richard Byng discusses offender mental health with Western Morning News

Posted on July 28th 2014
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Professor Richard Byng discusses offender mental health with Western Morning News

PenCLAHRC Deputy Director, Professor Richard Byng, was the subject of this week's Sunday Essay in the Western Morning News.

In the piece, featured in the Sunday 27th July edition of the paper, Professor Byng discusses his research into the mental health of offenders and former offenders, in particular the Care for Offenders (COCOA) project, which reviewed the healthcare received by offenders across the prison system. He also discussed his recent work on the Engager project, seeks to develop an integrated approach to organising care for those preparing to leave prison. This innovative project includes ex-offenders as peer researchers in the research...

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