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Despite the proven effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation programmes in reducing readmissions and risk of death from heart disease, attendance varies widely across the UK and is generally poor. An NIHR-funded trial involving researchers from PenCLAHRC has found that home-based rehabilitation for people with heart failure improves quality of life at 12 months compared with usual care.
216 people with heart failure, predominantly men with an average age of 70, were recruited from primary and secondary care in the UK, for a home-based programme. The programme, facilitated by a trained cardiac nurse or physiotherapist and developed from health behaviour change theory, was co-developed...Read more
Stroke is a very serious medical emergency and expert care needs to be rapidly accessed in order to guarantee the best outcome for the patient. To ensure this, specialist health centres are necessary to manage patient flow 24/7, and research conducted by PenCLAHRC’s Health Services Modelling team has identified the optimal number and locations for stroke services such as thrombolysis and thrombectomy, across England.
As a direct result of operational research carried out by PenCLAHRC's PenCHORD team, the NHS Long Term Plan published in January 2019 has proposed that stroke services may be restructured over the next five years, with sustainability and transformation programmes and integrated care systems reconfiguring stroke services...Read more
Researchers who specialise in optimising health services worked with health trusts to produce evidence that secured £8 million in funding for a new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.
The new ward, which will be operated by Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT), will reduce the number of placements that have to be made away from Devon, keeping people closer to home for their care and treatment.
The research, which involved University of Exeter academics, was supported by PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), PenCLAHRC's operational research team.
PenCHORD is a group of specialists that help healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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
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...Read more
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...Read more