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Study finds that probiotics can help improve pain experienced by children with recurrent abdominal pain

Posted on January 10th 2019
in Project update

Study finds that probiotics can help improve pain experienced by children with recurrent abdominal pain

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...

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Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

Posted on January 9th 2019
in Project update, Uncategorised

Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

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...

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PenCHORD mentored Health Service Modelling Analyst instrumental in securing 8m funding for new adult mental health ward at Torbay Hospital

Posted on December 19th 2018
in Project update

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...

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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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