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Within low-income communities, use of antidepressant medication is relatively high, but current strategies tend to frame mental distress as an individual psychological problem, rather than addressing the factors that are often the root causes of suffering.
Now a PenCLAHRC supported project, DE-STRESS, sets out to research how welfare reforms and austerity affect the treatment of mental health in low income communities. The team’s research will help to inform a stated government aim to reduce health inequalities amongst vulnerable groups by examining the connections between mental health, housing, employment and the criminal justice system.
Hear Dr Felicity Thomas and Professor Richard Byng of...Read more
Pioneering work by Professor Martin James, a senior NHS clinician for stroke services in Exeter and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, including PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, has been incorporated in proposals to improve stroke care for patients in Northern Ireland.
Every year, there are almost 3,000 stroke-related hospital admissions in Northern Ireland and more than 1,000 people die from stroke. Stroke services in Northern Ireland, as with other parts of the UK, struggle to meet national standards in a number of areas.
NHS Guidelines in England recommend that when reconfiguring stroke services, patients should ideally...Read more
A new rehabilitation programme, which helps heart failure patients achieve better quality of life from the comfort of their own homes will now be rolled out at four NHS centres across the UK.
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(PenCLAHRC) supported Research has found that the Rehabilitation Enablement in CHronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF) programme, developed by a collaboration led by the University of Exeter and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS trust, significantly improved quality of life. Rehabilitation is also linked to better health outcomes for patients. Last month, a new study concluded that the Reach-HF programme is...
The first phase of The Supporting Teachers And childRen in Schools (STARS) programme, a randomised trial to look at the effectiveness of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (IY - TCM) project, has come to a close with the publication of the final report. Now researchers at PenCLAHRC are looking for 140 schools across Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton to take part in the second phase.
Begun in 2012 and involving over 80 schools across Devon, the STARS project looked at how teaching methods can impact youngsters’ behaviour and help to create a positive learning environment through the implementation of the IY...Read more
A trial to uncover which epilepsy treatment approach works best for children and their families has been launched to coincide with Purple Day, an international family-focused epilepsy awareness day.
The nationwide Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Childhood Epilepsy (CASTLE) trial is led by Professor Deb Pal from King’s College London and Professor Paul Gringras from the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, with a key preparation study led by Professor Chris Morris of the University of Exeter Medical School’s Peninsula Childhood Disability Unit in collaboration with PenCLAHRC’s Evidence Synthesis Team.
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NHIR), CASTLE is...Read more
PenCLAHRC researchers have published further findings from their review of the use of probiotics for the management of recurrent abdominal pain in children.
Recurrent abdominal pain is the second commonest reason for seeing a paediatrician after asthma. Affected children can be deeply distressed, and can often miss out on school and social activities.
PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team member, Dr Rebecca Abbott and University of Exeter researchers, Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado and Dr Alice Martin, brought together the research from recent updated Cochrane reviews in a clinical evidence review for JAMA Pediatrics.
They found that after three months of taking probiotics, in particular Lactobacillus...Read more
Researchers who specialise in optimising health services worked with health trusts to produce evidence that secured £8 million in funding for a new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.
The new ward, which will be operated by Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT), will reduce the number of placements that have to be made away from Devon, keeping people closer to home for their care and treatment.
The research, which involved University of Exeter academics, was supported by PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), PenCLAHRC's operational research team.
PenCHORD is a group of specialists that help healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients...Read more
PenCLAHRC’s Operational Research team, PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), are a group of specialists that assist healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients make informed decisions about change in the NHS using Operational Research (OR). The team run an annual Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme where they provide a number of health service employees from across the South West with training, a mentor and day release, one day a week, to tackle a work based research project that can be used by the NHS Trust to solve a specific issue or question.
Karl Vile, Programme Manager for...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more