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Scheme to improve wellbeing of parent carers to start trials

Posted on December 4th 2018
in Project update

Scheme to improve wellbeing of parent carers to start trials

A support programme to help parents of disabled children stay healthy in mind and body will begin its first trial in the coming months, and is looking for participants.

Healthy Parent Carers is a programme which aims to help parents cope with the strain of being carers by encouraging them to take a bit of time to focus on their own wellbeing.

The study, run by the Peninsula Childhood Disability Research Unit (PenCRU) at the University of Exeter, will investigate the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing the scheme in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. It is funded by the National Institute for Health...

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Dementia screening app wins national award

Posted on November 22nd 2018
in Project update

Dementia screening app wins national award

A Plymouth-designed app that helps to carry out dementia screening tests has been named a winner at the world's largest healthcare awards programme, the HSJ Awards.

In a record pool of 1,500 applications, ACEmobile, developed by Dr Craig Newman from the University of Plymouth and Dr Rupert Noad from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, was named the winner of the ‘Using Technology to Improve Efficiency’ category at the ceremony at the Intercontinental at London’s O2 on 21 November. 

ACEmobile is the first tool of its kind, supporting doctors and nurses through the whole process of a common dementia screening assessment known as...

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Online ADHD service map aims to stop young people slipping through net

Posted on November 22nd 2018
in Project update

Online ADHD service map aims to stop young people slipping through net

Researchers at the University of Exeter have released a map put together from the results of a national survey. The new map aims to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD).

More than 2,500 young people, parents, health workers and UK commissioners provided information on services for adults with ADHD in their area, early in 2018. The survey responses have been used to create a map of existing adult ADHD services in the UK, which is now live.

Once considered to be a condition restricted to childhood, there is clear evidence that ADHD persists...

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What do young people with ADHD experience when transitioning from child to adult mental health services?

Posted on November 21st 2018
in Project update

What do young people with ADHD experience when transitioning from child to adult mental health services?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects 5.9% – 7.1 % of children (Willcutt, 2012), and up to two thirds of these children will carry symptoms into adulthood (Agnew‐Blais et al., 2016; Faraone, Biederman, & Mick, 2006).

Whilst this is a significant proportion of individuals, there is little research about how the transition phase is experienced. Professor Tamsin Ford and her team, based at the University of Exeter (Dr Astrid Janssens Anna Price, Helen Eke, Abigail Woodley and Matt Allwood) completed a systematic review of qualitative research, in order to increase understanding about the experience of transitioning, as a young person with ADHD, into adult healthcare...

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Primary teachers have “higher psychological distress’ than other professional groups

Posted on November 20th 2018
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Primary teachers have “higher psychological distress’ than other professional groups

Primary school teachers experience higher levels of clinically significant distress than people in comparable professions, according to the first study to make the comparison over a sustained time period

The study, published online in the journal Public Health, was led by a team of researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School with support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The research team analysed data from up to 90 primary school teachers in the South West of England who had taken part in the Supporting Teachers And childRen in Schools (STARS) trial. STARS is an ongoing evaluation of the Incredible...

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£2.7m study to focus on dementia support workers in primary care

Posted on October 25th 2018
in Project update, Research Funding

£2.7m study to focus on dementia support workers in primary care

A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of life for dementia patients and their carers.

Led by the University of Plymouth, the £2.7m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will develop a person-centred package of care in GP surgeries, focused on the introduction of one dementia expert (support worker) to link to the rest of the patient’s clinical team. 

The research project is supported by PenCLAHRC and is being managed by Dr Val Mann, Associate Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at...

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‘Floundering without support’ – a dementia carer’s story on why new research is vital

Posted on October 25th 2018
in Project update, Research Funding

Dorothy and Bob Tudor

Dorothy Tudor has cared for her partner Bob since he was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago. Watching the smiley, fun-loving carpenter transform into someone who no longer recognises her, Dorothy has been ‘floundering’ for support with nowhere to turn.

Here, she tells her story – and explains how introducing dementia support workers into GP surgeries could help ease the burden on people in a similar position. Dementia support workers exist in some organisations, but their role is not streamlined or consistent. New research to explore how to introduce them into primary care is being led by the University of Plymouth,...

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What is the recipe for a successful relationship and how should we teach school children?

Posted on October 22nd 2018
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What is the recipe for a successful relationship and how should we teach school children?

The Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education Association recommend that school children are taught about sex and relationships during their schooling years. Despite it not being a statutory requirement, the 2002 Education Act requires that all schools should teach a curriculum that ‘meets the needs of pupils’ and ‘prepares them for responsibilities and experiences of later life’. 

Incorporating relationship education into the school curriculum provides an opportunity to equip young people with the knowledge and skills required for healthy intimate relationships. While acknowledging that some schools are already teaching relationship education well, the importance of universal coverage is a stated motive for the upcoming move of relationship and sex education...

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PenCHORDs research helps Cornwall’s health and social care plan

Posted on October 19th 2018
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PenCHORDs research helps Cornwall’s health and social care plan

There is a national plan to improve the way people recieve urgent help and care, for conditions that are serious but not life threatening, such as broken bones, burns, sprains and strains. Cornwall will the first county to experience these changes, and three sites have been highlighted as key areas for new urgent care centres. 

This plan has been shaped by research that was undertaken by PenCHORD, who provided evidence through mathematical geographical modelling to inform decisions about where to best locate care services.

The urgent care centres will be located in Bodmin, Truro and West Cornwall. Each centre will enhance and support...

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Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

Posted on September 24th 2018
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Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an average of five times more weight than those using talking therapy alone, shows new research published today by PenCLAHRC, the University of Plymouth and Queensland University of Technology.

In addition, users of FIT lost 4.3cm more around their waist circumference in six months – and continued to lose weight after the intervention had finished.

PenCLAHRC's Dr Linda Solbrig led the research involved 141 participants, who were allocated either to FIT or Motivational Interviewing (MI) – a technique that sees a counsellor support someone to develop, highlight and verbalise their need...

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