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Partner in Focus: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Posted on November 29th 2018
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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 have brought together some of the work we have carried out with the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT).

Researchers in residence

With pressure increasing on the NHS due to factors such as an ageing population and those living with multiple complex health and social care...

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Highlighting ten years of CLAHRC success

Posted on August 28th 2018
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Highlighting ten years of CLAHRC success

From the South West right up to the North West Coast, 13 CLAHRCs operate across the UK, leading the way in high quality innovative applied health research, and facilitating knowledge exchange between CLAHRCs and the NHS.

This year we are celebrating 10 years of success, and to commemorate this the NIHR CLAHRCS have put together an infographic detailing our growth and achievements so far. We are delighted that collaboratively we have secured over £137 million in external funding and produced over 1,700 papers from 2015 to 2017.

Here at PenCLAHRC, we have recently submitted our Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) bid for the...

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Starting school young can put child wellbeing at risk

Posted on June 22nd 2017
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Starting school young can put child wellbeing at risk

New research, supported by PenCLAHRC, has shown that the youngest pupils in each school year group could be at risk of worse mental health than their older classmates. 

Starting school young is an exciting but sometimes challenging milestone for children and their families. Some children will be nearing their fifth birthday as they enter foundation classes, whilst others will only just be four.

Now, a study led by University of Exeter Medical School, which investigated more than 2,000 children across 80 primary schools in Devon, has found that children who are younger than their peers when they start school are more likely...

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Older adults under-referred for mental health therapies

Posted on June 6th 2017
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Older adults under-referred for mental health therapies

A large research study from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, supported by PenCLAHRC, has revealed that older people are not being referred for mental health support as frequently as their younger counterparts, despite achieving better outcomes when they are referred.

The study is published today (Tuesday 6th June 2017) in the British Journal of General Practice.

The research was conducted as part of the South West of England Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Evaluation Project commissioned by the former South West Strategic Health Authority.

The researchers analysed over 80,000 mental health treatments in South West England as part of the IAPT...

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Outcome of research prioritisation round 2016/17

Posted on March 20th 2017
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Outcome of research prioritisation round 2016/17

The research prioritisation process has been running since PenCLAHRC first formed in 2008 and is just one of the ways we aim to align our research programme with the needs and concerns of stakeholders and patients across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

For the latest round of prioritisation, local healthcare professionals, patients and the public submitted almost 60 questions for consideration. These were received via our web tool, by attendees at our Making Sense of Evidence workshops, from PenCLAHRC theme leads through their links with stakeholders, as well as via focused exploration of issues and settings over the past year.

During...

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NIHR reaches its tenth anniversary

Posted on July 6th 2016
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NIHR reaches its tenth anniversary

This year has seen the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) reach its tenth anniversary. A report by the Policy Research in Science and Medicine (PRiSM) unit was commissioned by the Department of Health to consider the question: “What are the ways in which NIHR has benefited the health research landscape of the past ten years?”

The report identifies 100 examples of positive change and impact resulting from the ten years of NIHR support and we are delighted that three PenCLAHRC projects have been included.

This is the first time examples of the breadth of the NIHR’s impact has been reported in...

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The NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship

Posted on July 1st 2016
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The NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship

The NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KRM Fellowships) will be launching a new round of programme funding, with applications available for submission between 20th July and 15th September.

Now in its fifth year, the programme is designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice, KMR Fellows will advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

KMR Fellowships are personal awards designed to buy out an individual's salary costs, fund a training and development programme and fund the activities needed to...

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Nominations now open for the Devon Venus Awards

Posted on June 10th 2016
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Nominations now open for the Devon Venus Awards

Now in its third year, the Devon Venus Awards recognises, celebrates and rewards local inspirational women throughout the county. Having begun in Dorset in 2009, the awards are now held in many counties across the country and continue to celebrate women for their contributions across a wide range of sectors.

This year, the awards will include a category on Inspirational Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine for the first time. PenCLAHRC are encouraging people to nominate an outstanding colleague who they feel would be worthy of recognition – whether it be their manager, mentor or even themselves.

Nominating someone for...

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Patient-led system shortlisted for Health Service Journal Award

Posted on April 18th 2016
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PenCLAHRC's work with the Rheumatology Team at Derriford Hospital, on an innovative patient-led appointment system, has been shortlisted for another prestigious national award.

The Direct Access service, which enables patients with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, to have more control of their treatment, has been shortlisted in the General Medicine category at this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

Introduced in 2011, the Patient Initiated Appointment System (PIAS), currently allows 800 patients to contact a specialist nurse when they are worried about an aspect of their disease. An appointment can then be made quickly, if required, rather than the...

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Outcome of PenCLAHRC Research Prioritisation 2015

Posted on February 18th 2016
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Throughout the year, PenCLAHRC encourages healthcare professionals and those using the health service across the South West to contact us with research questions, which could potentially be developed further into research projects. Due to the large number of questions received, we run a research prioritisation process to decide which questions we will take on and explore further.

The 2015 round of research prioritisation concluded just before Christmas. This round considered 68 questions in total, with stakeholders from our partner organisations across the South West voting to create a shortlist of 10 questions.

Our partners then met on the 14th December to discuss...

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