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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...Read more
Local healthcare professionals, patients and the public have
submitted 55 questions to this year’s PenCLAHRC prioritisation
process. This aims to identify areas of research that reflect the
real issues faced by the health service across the South West - and
is one of the ways we ensure our work programme is aligned to the
needs and concerns of our partners.
Questions, which could be submitted independently via a web tool or by attending designated Making Sense of Evidence workshops, were submitted by a variety of organisations and individuals, and span a wide range of topic areas - from social...
Thirteen services in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset have come together to contribute to research undertaken by PenCLAHRC. This collaborative study looking at regional Rapid Intervention Services has now inspired the development of a new peer support network.
Due to increased pressures on Emergency Departments, Rapid Intervention Services have developed over recent years to provide rapid, acute support to patients so that they can be treated without the need for hospital admissions. However, there is little information available locally on their effectiveness and configuration.
The Mapping Community Rapid Intervention Services (CRIS) project arose from the PenCLAHRC research prioritisation process. As the project progressed,...Read more
PenCLAHRC’s Mary Hickson, Professor in Dietetics at Plymouth University, has worked with the Association of UK University Hospitals’ (AUKUH) to develop new guidance for healthcare provider organisations. The guide aims to provide practical advice to develop and sustain the research clinical academic roles of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
Professor Hickson said of the guidance:
“This new resource is long awaited and fills a big gap in the advice available to aspiring nursing and AHP clinical academics, as well as NHS Trusts and universities who wish to develop career pathways for these people.”
“The advice is practical and pragmatic and has been...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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 –...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more