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A team from PenCLAHRC investigating how hospitals try to avoid unnecessary emergency admissions has identified a series of innovations that can help to address this pressing problem.
Emergency admissions to UK hospitals are on the rise, and in recent months, an increasing number of hospitals have been put on black alert as a result of these added pressures. There is evidence that a significant proportion of acute hospital admissions are avoidable, and hospitals across the country have introduced a range of innovative initiatives to try to avoid these unnecessary admissions. Until now, there has been no research to investigate how well...Read more
New research from PenCLAHRC has explored the influence that the primary school environment has on the weight of young children.
The research, led by Dr Andrew Williams at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, and conducted with colleagues at PenCLAHRC, used data from the National Child Measurement Programme, to look at whether the school environment has an effect on the weight of pupils.
Previous research on childhood obesity has considered schools to be an important environment for children, with the potential to influence their exercise and eating habits and, therefore, a large number of interventions to tackle childhood obesity...Read more
Following on from its recent media coverage, the PenCLAHRC Patient-Initiated Clinics (PIC) project has been shortlisted by the British Society for Rheumatology in its Best Practice Awards. The project team is working with clinicians and nurses in the Rheumatology team at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth to develop a system which allows people to contact a specialist nurse whenever their condition deteriorates, meaning that they can be offered a face-to-face appointment within two weeks, rather than having to have scheduled appointments every six months, regardless of need. This innovative and patient-led approach has led to the project being recognised in the 'Patient...Read more
An inventive research programme is hoping to improve children’s experiences at school by equipping teachers with fresh approaches to classroom management. Led by researchers at PenCLAHRC and involving over 80 schools across Devon, the STARS project is analysing how teaching methods can impact youngsters’ behaviour and help to create a positive learning environment.
Poor social and emotional skills can affect a child‘s academic attainment and mental health, as well as influencing the life chances of all children in a classroom.
Focusing strongly on reinforcing positive behaviour, the STARS (Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools) project is assessing the impact of a teacher...Read more
Rheumatoid arthritis patients in Plymouth are getting to see health experts when they need to, as a result of new research from PenCLAHRC.
Under the existing model of care, patients with conditions such as arthritis are given routine appointments that often take place when their symptoms are mild. Yet when their condition deteriorates it can be difficult to secure an urgent appointment.
Now, a new approach known as Patient-Initiated Clinics (PIC) is hoping to transform the delivery of care across the South West by putting patients in control. Instead of appointments booked months in advance, the scheme allows people to contact their...Read more
Suicide among prison offenders is common and the risk of suicide for male offenders leaving prison is eight times the national average, with over a quarter of fatal suicide attempts happening within the first four weeks of release. While the risk of suicide by offenders in prison has been identified as a priority for action, understanding and preventing suicides among offenders after their release has received far less attention.
However, a new study conducted by Plymouth Medical School and supported by the NIHR and PenCLAHRC, has addressed this issue, identifying the need for a support system to help prevent suicide...Read more
A new research study is investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have suffered a stroke. The training programme is called ReTrain, and the researchers are looking for volunteers in Devon to take part in the study.
Volunteers need to have suffered a stroke and been discharged for longer than one month following NHS stroke rehabilitation. They also need to have experienced difficulty managing stairs, slopes and uneven surfaces. The study is taking place at sites in Exeter and Newton Abbot.
The research study is supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association. ReTrain came about following an...Read more
A set of standards and criteria for dementia education, developed by a team at PenCLAHRC, are being rolled out to all educational courses for health professionals across England.
The National Dementia Strategy, ‘Living Well With Dementia', was launched by the Government in 2009 with the aim of developing better services for people with dementia and their carers, particularly across three key areas of awareness, diagnosis and intervention, and high quality care.
One strand of this strategy aims to create an informed and effective workforce for people with dementia to ensure that all health and social care staff involved in the care of...Read more
Patients with common physical and mental health conditions are being sought by researchers to participate in a trial, which will investigate whether adding a web-based coaching system to the GP exercise referral scheme would lead to an increased uptake of the programme and improve long-term health.
The exercise referral scheme is an established method used by GPs to prescribe exercise to patients with existing medical conditions such as obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis or a history of depression. Evidence suggests that exercise is both physically and mentally beneficial for a patient, but that rates of uptake and ongoing engagement may...Read more
New research indicates that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be successfully supported in classrooms through strategies that do not involve drugs. A systematic review of research, led by the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, has found that non-drug interventions in schools may be effective in improving outcomes, such as performance in standard tests, for children with ADHD.
Children with ADHD are typically restless, act without thinking and struggle to concentrate, which causes particular problems for them and for others in school. There are many different ways of supporting these children, including training to increase...Read more