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Job Opportunity – PenCLAHRC Research Fellow (Information Specialist)

Posted on June 15th 2018
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Job Opportunity –  PenCLAHRC Research Fellow (Information Specialist)

The University of Plymouth are looking to recruit a Research Fellow (Information Specialist) within PenCLAHRC.

The key purpose of the post is to contribute to PenCLAHRC's efforts to meet the research needs of the NHS in Devon and Cornwall through systematic review and evidence synthesis. The post holder will work as part of the Plymouth based CLAHRC team hosted by the Community and Primary Care Research Group within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. The group has a democratic ethos and a high level of success in attracting funding. 

The post holder will work with information specialists from PenCLAHRC based in Exeter, and also the...

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PenCHORD: Helping the NHS make informed decisions using operational research

Posted on June 4th 2018
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PenCHORD: Helping the NHS make informed decisions using operational research

Deputy Director of PenCLAHRC, Professor Ken Stein, and Director of PenCHORD, Professor Martin Pitt, have written an article for The Operational Research Society’s Impact magazine, in which they discuss the ways PenCHORD research has informed decision making within the NHS.

PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) are a team of Operational Research (OR) specialists, who aim to help healthcare professionals make informed decisions around organisational change. The initiative was established in 2008, and in the years since the team have worked with all of the trusts across the South West.

Professors Ken Stein and Martin Pitt have...

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EST workshop collaboration with CLAHRC North Thames

Posted on May 29th 2018
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EST workshop collaboration with CLAHRC North Thames

Members of the Evidence Synthesis Team (EST) have recently travelled to London to collaborate with CLAHRC North Thames on their ‘Beyond Searching’ Course.

Alison Bethel, Morwenna Rogers, and  Rebecca Abbot coordinated with Antonio Rojas–Garcia to deliver the workshop to 19 librarians from the NHS and various universities.

Beyond Searching was devised 5 years ago, and members of the EST have been running annual workshops ever since. It was designed to show health information professionals that they already have the skills to effectively contribute to systematic reviews, and to give them the confidence to get involved in the processes and to...

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CRN, McPin and MQ award for service user and carer involvement in mental health research

Posted on May 25th 2018
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 CRN, McPin and MQ award for service user and carer involvement in mental health research

The PARTNERS2 study has been awarded a CRN, McPin and MQ award for service user and carer involvement in mental health research. The Engager study has also been recognised with a highly commended runner up award.

The CRN, McPin and MQ award for service user and carer involvement in mental health research is a joint collaboration between NIHR Clinical Research Network, McPin Foundation, and MQ: Transforming Mental Health. It recognises the achievements of research teams which actively seek to involve patients and the public at each stage of the research process, and of service users and carers who are making a difference to mental health research.

This year's winners were announced at a...

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EST dementia project covered on BBC Spotlight

Posted on May 16th 2018
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EST dementia project covered on BBC Spotlight

A project led by the Evidence Synthesis Team, which aims to improve our understanding of how best to help people with dementia and their loved ones in hospital, has been covered on BBC Spotlight.

The study, entitled “Caring about Care - Improving the Experience of Care for People with Dementia in Hospital”, is a partnership between The University of Exeter, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership Trust (DPT).

“Caring about Care” aims to improve experiences of care in hospitals for people with dementia, their carers, and hospital staff. The research comes following a poll by Alzheimer’s Society, which showed that...

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Research reveals key factors to support quality of life in dementia

Posted on May 14th 2018
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Research reveals key factors to support quality of life in dementia

 

A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.

The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that good relationships, social engagement, better everyday functioning, good physical and mental health, and high-quality care were all linked to better quality of life for people with dementia.

Professor Linda Clare, at the University of Exeter, said:

“This research supports the identification of national priorities for supporting people to live as well as possible with dementia. While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments,...

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'At the top of the league table': Professor Stuart Logan on NHS priorities

Posted on May 4th 2018
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'At the top of the league table': Professor Stuart Logan on NHS priorities

PenCLAHRC Director, Professor Stuart Logan, has spoken to BBC Radio Devon about the problems behind lengthy wait times for non-urgent NHS operations.

Many NHS patients who require non-urgent surgery are finding that they are faced with longer and longer waiting lists. Over 300 people in the South West have now been waiting for treatment for over 12 months.  

In conversation with Janet Kipling on BBC Radio Devon, Stuart notes that this is because the NHS is under heavy strain as demand for resource increases.

“Fundamentally we just don’t have the kind of resources to be able to deliver the kind of health care that people...

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Which treatments work best for children and adolescents with recurrent abdominal pain?

Posted on May 2nd 2018
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Which treatments work best for children and adolescents  with recurrent abdominal pain?

Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) is common among children, with up to 25% of children with RAP experiencing pain that interferes with their daily life. It is a diagnosis which is given once all other serious conditions have been ruled out, and is classified as pain that has no other identifiable cause. RAP is also associated with other symptoms including headaches, limb pain, and vomiting, and can lead to school absences, hospital admissions, and a higher chance of appendix removal.

The cause of RAP is unclear, and parents have often tried everything they can think of before taking their child to the...

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Improving health care pathways for patients with chronic conditions

Posted on April 5th 2018
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Improving health care pathways for patients with chronic conditions

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Helen Lloyd, has spoken to the BBC about the impacts of a new health care system on GP services in south Somerset.

Rising patient numbers, and the number of patients with multiple chronic health needs, places significant pressure on existing healthcare resources.

The Taunton Deane Symphony Service aims to develop more efficient ways of providing care for people with multiple long-term conditions who frequently visit their GP. It considers what individuals would like to happen with regards to their future care, and works with patients to develop care packages to help health providers better meet those...

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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Posted on March 29th 2018
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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

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.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) provide a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs in Devon, the wider South West region, and nationally. PenCLAHRC have collaborated with the Trust on a number of projects with the aim to advance the delivery of high quality services.

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