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Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

Posted on November 29th 2016
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Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

A team of PenCLAHRC researchers have been awarded a project grant from the Stroke Association to support pilot research aimed at improving the wellbeing and quality of life of people who have aphasia.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of having a stroke. People with aphasia can struggle to speak or to understand spoken language. They may also have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers. The charity Speakability estimates that there are currently 250,000 people living with aphasia in the UK.

As well as affecting speech and language, people with...

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Thousands could benefit from greater use of revolutionary stroke treatment

Posted on November 29th 2016
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Thousands could benefit from greater use of revolutionary stroke treatment

Research supported by PenCLAHRC’s Dr Martin James has the potential to benefit almost 10,000 UK stroke patients a year. The study, presented at the UK Stroke Forum Conference in Liverpool today, looks at a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke.

Stroke is a serious, life-threatening and often debilitating condition, which can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people a year are admitted to hospital following a stroke, with many of those who survive left severely disabled.

Mechanical clot removal can substantially reduce disability, if carried out within six hours of the onset...

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Child Health study receives funding boost

Posted on November 21st 2016
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Child Health study receives funding boost

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow Dr Vashti Berry, based at the University of Exeter Medical School, has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Project Co-Creation Fund. The new study, called Family Vision, aims to support children exposed to domestic violence through a parent leadership coaching programme.

The Family Vision parent leadership programme, developed by project partner Nina Farr (Get Up and Grow Coaching Ltd) is a parent coaching intervention designed specifically for lone and single parents who are the main carer for children following an experience of domestic abuse and/or family breakdown. Parents will...

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ReTrain project celebrating triple success

Posted on October 20th 2016
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ReTrain project celebrating triple success

The ReTrain project, supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association, has been investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have had a stroke.  With the pilot trial nearing completion, the team are celebrating three key successes.

The team, led by Professor Sarah Dean, have had their protocol paper published in BMJ Open. The paper, outlining the trial processes, represents the first key output from this important pilot feasibility trial and is a significant step towards answering the original research question.

This question was raised by a stroke survivor taking part in the PenCLAHRC question generation process –...

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NIHR type 2 diabetes care review features PenCLAHRC systematic review paper

Posted on October 17th 2016
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NIHR type 2 diabetes care review features PenCLAHRC systematic review paper

A systematic review, co-authored by Professor Nicky Britten, has been included in a NIHR themed review, which brings together research on type 2 diabetes care.

The review aims to give a short account of completed and ongoing NIHR-funded studies on type 2 diabetes and how they have informed practice.

Over the last ten years, the NIHR has funded a number of programmes, projects, research centres, work streams and researchers working in diabetes prevention, management and care. Yet, evidence from these different studies has not been brought together before.

The systematic review - a qualitative synthesis of diabetes self-management strategies for long term medical...

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High praise for PenCHORD project

Posted on August 10th 2016
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 High praise for PenCHORD project

PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, have recently completed a project, which looks at the mapping and reconfiguration of hyperacute stroke services in Wales.

The team were tasked by the Stroke Implementation Group (SIG) of the Welsh Government to coordinate the development of service maps and profiles for hyperacute and acute stroke services across Wales. The aim of the project was to provide evidence to support discussions regarding the reconfiguration of services across the country.

The modelling was evidence based, with the results interpreted and supported by an expert panel drawn up by the Royal College of Physicians Stroke Programme. Their objective was...

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Ambulance call-out research leads to positive changes for ambulance service trust

Posted on August 3rd 2016
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Ambulance call-out research leads to positive changes for ambulance service trust

Recently published research investigating the reasons behind a rise in ambulance call-outs in the South West is already being used by the local ambulance service trust to work with commissioners to introduce positive changes, and to reinforce its track record for using research to develop its services.

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) asked researchers from PenCHORD (PenCLAHRC's operational modelling team) to investigate the annual growth in activities relating to 999 incidences, which has seen a rise of 24 per cent over the past four years.

The research team developed a computer simulation to investigate the factors that most...

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Launch of first free and comprehensive web based data resource of measures for person centred care

Posted on July 31st 2016
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Launch of first free and comprehensive web based data resource of measures for person centred care

The first free and openly-available comprehensive data resource for international measures relating to patient experience and person centred care has been launched, providing a ‘one-stop’ website for commissioners, health managers, researchers and others.

Measures for Person Centred Coordinated Care has been compiled by PenCLAHRC researchers and is being supported by NHS England, the South West Academic Health Science Network, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

The aim of the project is to deliver a portfolio of intelligence about measures for Person Centred Coordinated Care (“P3C”) for people with Long-Term Conditions (LTCs),...

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New review investigates the health benefit of contact with the natural environment

Posted on June 9th 2016
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New review investigates the health benefit of contact with the natural environment

A team of Cochrane authors based in the UK and led by Dr Kerryn Husk from PenCLAHRC, have carried out a review investigating the health benefits of contact with the natural environment.

The team found that, whilst the majority of quantitative studies reported no effect on health and well-being, there was limited evidence to suggest positive effects on self-reported health, quality of life and physical activity levels. Small numbers of participants reported increased mental fatigue and greater feelings of anxiety.

The review comes at a time when there is growing research and policy interest in the potential for using the natural environment...

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PenCLAHRC research looks to reduce paediatric admissions in A&E

Posted on June 6th 2016
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Young boy in hospital setting

The number of people arriving at Accident and Emergency departments throughout the UK is rising at an unsustainable rate, and the number of children arriving at A&E has grown every year since 2003, causing a large amount of strain on these departments.

It is thought that a lack of experience among parents and junior doctors could be contributing to the large rises in paediatric hospital admissions, as well as changes in the way primary care is delivered. Previous approaches to reduce paediatric admissions have mainly focused on the prevention of arrivals at A&E and reducing the chances of them returning,...

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