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A PenCLAHRC trial team are looking for volunteers to help study the benefits of singing groups for people with a communication disorder associated with strokes.
Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain and it is thought that around one in three people who have had a stroke experience it to some degree.
People with aphasia can struggle to speak and often make mistakes with the words they use, sometimes using the wrong sounds or putting words together incorrectly. They can also experience difficulty reading and writing.
Researchers are now seeking volunteers in Devon and Cornwall to take...Read more
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 South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).
Sarah Black, Research Manager at SWASFT, shares her view of the partnership between the ambulance service and PenCLAHRC:
“We’ve always found working with PenCLAHRC a really rewarding experience. They get research...Read more
Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown. Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school.
The analysis by a team led by Professor Tamsin Ford of responses from over 5,000 school-aged children, their parents and their teachers, found that children with learning difficulties and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism spectrum conditions were more likely to be excluded from the classroom.
The study is...Read more
Social prescribing has the potential to address many of the factors that perpetuate illness, decrease quality of life and add to health care costs – such as social isolation, inactivity and smoking. It has expanded the options available to GPs who have patients requiring financial, housing and other social advice alongside their medical care.
In a piece published in BMJ Opinion, PenCLAHRC Research Fellow Dr Kerryn Husk warns that, in order for social prescribing to reach its full potential and make a true difference to patients, more needs to be done to understand what works, for whom, and in what circumstances.
A large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, presented at the international Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 on Tuesday July 18, has found that cognitive rehabilitation leads to people seeing satisfying progress in areas that enable them to maintain their functioning and independence.
The Goal-oriented Cognitive Rehabilitation in Early-stage Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias: Multi-centre Single-blind Randomised Controlled Trial (GREAT) trial involved 475 people across eight sites in England and Wales. Half of them received ten cognitive rehabilitation sessions over three months, and the other half did not. The group receiving the therapy then took part in four ‘top-up’ sessions...Read more
It is widely acknowledged that care provided by the NHS and other services should be person-centred - that is, centred on the individual and responsive to their needs. One way of achieving this is through a better understanding of the patient’s experience of care and a PenCLAHRC project has been the first to put together a guide for commissioners on this topic.
The new guide was compiled by PenCLAHRC researchers and patient-centred coordinated care experts based at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, with support from NHS England, the Coalition for Collaborative Care, and the South West Academic Health...Read more
“With the HSMA programme, we have developed an exciting new way for the NHS to engage with the power and potential of simulation modelling in a meaningful way. It means that NHS organisations across the region can build their in-house capacity to build models that inform decisions whilst seeing real impact for the organisation.
Dan Chalk, Research Fellow in the PenCHORD team and lead for the HSMA programme
To mark the end of the first year of our Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, we’ve launched a new website to showcase the impacts that this innovative scheme has had on NHS Trusts across the...Read more
A national collaboration supported by PenCLAHRC, investigating ways to support prisoners with mental health problems both before and after release, has received additional funding of almost £290,000 to continue its work for another 10 months.
Engager is a collaboration between Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), the University of Manchester, University College London and the University of Exeter. It has already received funding in the region of £2.2 million from the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR), which has also supported this latest funding.
The project aims to develop and evaluate a way of organising care and support for prisoners...Read more
A GW4-funded collaboration between researchers from PenCLAHRC and GW4 universities has revealed gaps in provision for dealing with self-harm in secondary schools.
Staff from 153 schools in Wales and South-West England took part in a survey consultation to gather information on schools’ experience of students who self-harm, including self-harm provisions and barriers to addressing self-harm. This was followed by focus groups in eight schools to explore these issues in more depth.
The survey revealed that schools do not have a common or unified approach towards dealing with self-harm, but instead employ a variety of ad-hoc strategies including applying first aid and informing their safeguarding...Read more
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...Read more