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Raised blood platelet levels 'strong predictor' of cancer

Posted on May 23rd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Raised blood platelet levels 'strong predictor' of cancer

Having a high blood platelet count is a strong predictor of cancer and should be urgently investigated to save lives, according to a large-scale study led by the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC.

Around two per cent of people over 40 – up to half a million people in the UK – have a raised blood platelet count, known as thrombocytosis.

Now, a study of 40,000 patient records has found that more than 11% of men and 6% of women over the age of 40 with thrombocytosis, went on to be diagnosed with cancer within a year. This rose...

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Professor Ken Stein showcases PenCLAHRC's stroke care projects

Posted on May 18th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Professor Ken Stein showcases PenCLAHRC's stroke care projects

In support of National Stroke Awareness Month, PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Ken Stein has shared his perspective on the collaboration’s work to improve stroke care in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, in an article for South West regional newspaper Western Morning News.

Ken writes: 

"There are more than 100,000 strokes a year in the UK. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the country and almost two-thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability – at a cost to the NHS and social care of £1.7 billion a year in England alone.

The figures show that stroke is a vast...

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Partner in Focus - The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Posted on May 5th 2017
in Project update

Partner in Focus - The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, we aim to work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns of the health service in the South West. 

Highlighting how this works in practice, we’ve brought together some of the work carried out with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).

The RD&E has been our host organisation since 2014 but since our inception in 2008, we have worked together on projects that have resulted in real...

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Film supports young children with parents with Parkinson's disease

Posted on May 4th 2017
in Project update

Film supports young children with parents with Parkinson's disease

The Peninsula Parkinson’s Excellence Network (PenPEN), supported by PenCLAHRC, have worked with Parkinson’s UK, Parkinson’s experts and researchers at Plymouth University to produce the first information resource for teachers and professionals who interact with young children whose parents are affected by Parkinson’s disease.

The resource, consisting of a film and accompanying text with links for useful information, aims to explain how teachers and other professionals can help children in this situation and can be accessed for free online.

Leading the project from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry is Dr Camille Carroll, an academic neurologist who specialises in Parkinson’s and is supported...

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Skype on Wheels: Reducing loneliness in care homes

Posted on March 28th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Skype on Wheels: Reducing loneliness in care homes

Video-calls using new technological devices are being used with older people in care environments across Devon and Cornwall to reduce loneliness and isolation, thanks to a PenCLAHRC-funded PhD project.

Sonam Zamir, a PhD student at PenCLAHRC, and Professor Ray Jones from Plymouth University have been working with care homes and hospitals since April 2015 to help older people get set up with Skype.

The Skype on Wheels project means older people can now stay better connected with distant relatives without getting out of bed, or needing to learn a new technology.

A Skype on Wheels device, developed by Professor Ray Jones and Plymouth...

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Policing research partnership brings lasting impact

Posted on March 17th 2017
in Project update

Policing research partnership brings lasting impact

A collaborative study between the University of Exeter and Devon and Cornwall Police has fostered a long-term partnership to bring evidence and research into policing.

The Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation study (ExPERT) was set up to take the lessons learned from evidence-based practice in medicine and apply them to policing.

Funded by the College of Policing as part of a national drive to boost the decision-making process in law enforcement, ExPERT is led by the Policing and Evidence Group – an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Exeter, with expertise in criminology, law, public health, psychology and sociology...

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Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Posted on March 9th 2017
in Project update

Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, PenCLAHRC aims to work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns of the health service in the South West. Highlighting how this works in practice, we’ve brought together some of the work we've carried out with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT).

PenCLAHRC has undertaken several successful projects in collaboration with the Trust, with some now feeding into Cornwall's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Collaborative projects include integrating the...

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New estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population in England

Posted on February 13th 2017
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New estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population in England

Public Health England (PHE) has published a report, compiled by PenCLAHRC researchers based in the Health Services Research team at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), estimating the size of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) population in England.

The report estimates that 2.5 per cent of the population of England have self-identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, but this is likely to be an underestimate.

There is evidence to suggest that minority sexual orientation groups can experience high prevalence of poor mental health and low wellbeing. In order to assess health outcomes by sexual...

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Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

Posted on February 3rd 2017
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Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

A simple new questionnaire based on emoticon-style facial expressions could help teachers and others who work with children as young as four to engage them on their happiness and wellbeing levels in the classroom.

The How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS) questionnaire, designed by experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, is available to download for free. It uses emoticon-style faces with options of happy, ok or sad. The questionnaire asks children to rate how they feel in seven situations including on the way to school, in the classroom and in the playground. It is designed to...

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Pressures on the NHS - The answers are out there

Posted on January 22nd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Pressures on the NHS - The answers are out there

Professor Jonathan Pinkney from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and lead researcher on the PenCLAHRC funded Avoidable Acute Admissions (AAA) project, talks about the current winter crisis in hospitals.

With our hospitals on high levels of alert and seemingly insurmountable pressures on the rest of the NHS and social care networks, now more than ever before, the question is being asked: “what next for our NHS?”

In recent months, an increasing number of hospitals have been put on level five alerts as pressures from emergency admissions have serious repercussions for bed occupancy and planned (elective) treatments.

The issues faced...

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