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The Modelling and Simulation in Healthcare Network (MASHNet), led by PenCHORD Director, Professor Martin Pitt, has been awarded £19,500 from The Health Foundation to set up a UK-wide initiative to promote the effective use of operational research (OR) and advanced analytic methods in health and social care services.
The PLETHORA Project (Planning for Effective Transformation of Healthcare using Operational Research and Advanced Analytics) will develop a structured plan to build the capacity and expertise needed to apply these key research techniques within the NHS.
Combining the skills and experience of clinicians, academics and technologists from across the country, PLETHORA aims to raise awareness of...Read more
A team of PenCLAHRC researchers have been awarded Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding to develop a training toolkit that helps care home staff improve residents’ access to nature.
Research has shown that older people, including those living with dementia, can derive wellbeing benefits from sensory experiences of nature. The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) grant aims to enhance quality of life in care homes by creating ‘My Nature: a training toolkit’ for staff in the residential/nursing care sector.
At present there are a number of barriers preventing care home residents from accessing nature. As well as many residents experiencing sensory...Read more
A team of researchers specialising in care for older people, including PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow Dr Vicki Goodwin, have received £2 million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme to conduct a five year national study looking at how rehabilitation can be improved for older people with frailty, following discharge from hospital after an acute illness or injury.
The study, known as HERO (Home-based Extended Rehabilitation of Older people), will involve 718 older people with frailty admitted to hospital following acute illness or injury. Participants will be recruited across ten hospitals within Yorkshire and the South West...Read more
A team of researchers, including members of PenCLAHRC, have received £240,880 of funding from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (NIHR HTA) for a new project looking to understand the efficacy, cost-effectiveness and current use of cancer diagnostic tools to aid decision-making in primary care.
For many types of cancer, survival is lower in the UK than for most European countries. Diagnostic tools that can predict the risk of cancer in patients with symptoms have been developed and are available for GPs to use in clinical practice. However, there are no summaries of the evidence on whether using these tools improves...Read more
A PenCLAHRC supported study involving a systematic review of research to see if, and how, physical activity and exercise could help those with alcohol and substance use disorders has received funding from the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme.
The research team, which includes partners from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Bristol University, Southampton University, King’s College London and Plymouth City Council, will analyse the evidence from existing research, which in turn will lead to a better understanding of if, and how, physical activity could be used as a tool for prevention, reduction...Read more
A national study supported by PenCLAHRC has received £1.8 million of funding from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (NIHR HTA). Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) will test the effectiveness of new support to help smokers who want to reduce but not quit.
According to statistics from ASH, around 10 million adults in the UK smoke. Smoking prevalence has declined, yet the habit still claims approximately 100,000 lives each year. ASH claims that around two-thirds of current smokers want to reduce smoking but apart from e-cigarettes little support is available to help them - even...Read more
PenCLAHRC’s operational research group, PenCHORD, has been awarded funding to help them build links with international research partners.
The funding will enable the team to invite overseas researchers to visit and explore the possibilities for future projects and publications. It will also be used to engage with research abroad in similar research areas. The funding is provided by the University of Exeter Medical School’s Internationalisation Fund and is available until July 2016 and will be used to support collaborative meetings.
PenCHORD Director, Professor Martin Pitt, and Associate Research Fellow Dr Sebastian Rachuba, have well-established links to a number of overseas researchers through...Read more
A PenCLAHRC project has received funding from Public Health England (PHE) to model the size of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) population in England.
PHE requires the information as it has repercussions for the effectiveness of health care provision to the LGB community, and in turn will contribute to fine tuning and improving that provision. A critical requirement for assessing health outcomes by sexual orientation is robust estimates of the size of the population in different sexual orientation groups.
This new project, led by Dr Kerryn Husk, will carry out an analysis of current work in this area. Using past expertise...Read more
A team from PenCLAHRC and the University of Exeter, in collaboration with clinicians from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health at University College London, have been awarded a grant of £285,000 to carry out a study which aims to improve the understanding of the best ways to support children and young people with long term physical health conditions. Many young people experience feelings of depression and anxiety, as a result of their physical condition, and display disruptive behaviour, which in turn can cause problems for the treatment and management of their condition.
The project, funded by the...Read more
A new research project will unite police and researchers to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving approaches within policing.
A team from the University of Exeter, including PenCLAHRC's Dr Iain Lang and Dr Mark Pearson, have secured nearly £250,000 from the Police Knowledge Fund to foster stronger collaboration between the police force and researchers, ensuring practices are rooted in the best evidence of what is effective. The team will help police find and use information to ensure the best outcomes for the police and public are achieved.
Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg said of the project:
“This is...Read more