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PenCLAHRC Research Fellow meets HRH Prince Charles at event celebrating care for older people

Posted on March 13th 2017
in Events, PenCLAHRC people

PenCLAHRC Research Fellow meets HRH Prince Charles at event celebrating care for older people

Dr Vicki Goodwin, Senior Research Fellow and physiotherapy specialist at PenCLAHRC, met with His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales at the British Geriatrics Society’s 70th anniversary celebration on 6 March.

Vicki represented her specialism in physiotherapy with older people at the event, which was held at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and was attended by over 150 people. His Royal Highness met with patients and members of the Society to celebrate the vital work of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers in caring for older people with complex healthcare needs.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is a multi-disciplinary membership organisation bringing together...

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HSMA Project Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Posted on March 10th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Training

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme is a pilot scheme run by PenCLAHRC’s operational modelling group PenCHORD. It brings university academics and health organisations from across the South West together, building capacity within the NHS to generate and use evidence from modelling and operational research techniques.

Associates were selected from NHS organisations based on their previous knowledge and skills, and the research question they proposed. As well as providing access to a PenCHORD mentor, it gives them the tools and knowledge to put their research rapidly into practice.

Karl Vile was new into the role of Operational Manager and Programme Lead at Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT)...

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Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Posted on March 9th 2017
in Project update

Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, PenCLAHRC aims 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’ve brought together some of the work we've carried out with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT).

PenCLAHRC has undertaken several successful projects in collaboration with the Trust, with some now feeding into Cornwall's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Collaborative projects include integrating the...

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New estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population in England

Posted on February 13th 2017
in Project update

New estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population in England

Public Health England (PHE) has published a report, compiled by PenCLAHRC researchers based in the Health Services Research team at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), estimating the size of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) population in England.

The report estimates that 2.5 per cent of the population of England have self-identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, but this is likely to be an underestimate.

There is evidence to suggest that minority sexual orientation groups can experience high prevalence of poor mental health and low wellbeing. In order to assess health outcomes by sexual...

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PenCLAHRC staff share experiences of patient and public involvement in research

Posted on February 13th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

PenCLAHRC staff share experiences of patient and public involvement in research

Senior PenCLAHRC staff members have shared their experiences of patient and public involvement in research (PPI), in video interviews with health information website healthtalk.org.

The website is run by a charity and provides free, reliable information about people’s experiences of more than 85 health-related issues including cancer, pregnancy, drugs and motor-neurone disease.

It was set up in 2001 by Oxford GP Dr Ann McPherson CBE and Dr Andrew Herxheimer after Dr McPherson was diagnosed with breast cancer and couldn’t find anyone to talk to about what it was like to experience the illness.

In his interview with the website, Director of PenCLAHRC Professor...

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Job Opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Assistant/Fellow

Posted on February 3rd 2017
in Job opportunity

Job Opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Assistant/Fellow

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a self-motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistant or Research Fellow, to work within the Primary Care group at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. We are looking for someone with expertise in health services research.

The Primary Care research group has a democratic ethos and a high level of success in attracting funding. You will also be a part of the NIHR PenCLAHRC team, and have opportunities to build partnerships with leading health services researchers across the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter.

PenCLAHRC's novel ground-up approach to research, led by patients, clinicians and managers in collaboration with...

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Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

Posted on February 3rd 2017
in Project update

Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

A simple new questionnaire based on emoticon-style facial expressions could help teachers and others who work with children as young as four to engage them on their happiness and wellbeing levels in the classroom.

The How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS) questionnaire, designed by experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, is available to download for free. It uses emoticon-style faces with options of happy, ok or sad. The questionnaire asks children to rate how they feel in seven situations including on the way to school, in the classroom and in the playground. It is designed to...

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Pressures on the NHS - The answers are out there

Posted on January 22nd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Pressures on the NHS - The answers are out there

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...

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Rural dementia: we need to talk

Posted on January 19th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Rural dementia: we need to talk

Research carried out by Plymouth University into the experience of dementia in farming and farming families, and its impact on their businesses and home lives, has identified four areas of concern. 

The year-long study was undertaken by Dr Claire Kelly and Dr Richard Yarwood, with support from Ian Sherriff, who is supported by PenCLAHRC and is Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the University and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Rural Dementia Friendly Task and Finish Group. It is the first time that research has addressed this issue in farming.

Sixteen farmers from across Devon were interviewed, along with seven professionals from...

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Plymouth dementia expert plays role in new CAA guidelines on hidden disabilities

Posted on January 17th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Plymouth dementia expert plays role in new CAA guidelines on hidden disabilities

Ian Sherriff, who is supported by PenCLAHRC, has helped develop new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines on hidden disabilities and airports.

New guidance published by the CAA will help passengers with hidden disabilities get better support at UK airports and more effective communication ahead of travel, to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Following a wide-ranging consultation with airports and disability organisations, the CAA has set out a number of key guidelines that include providing identity badges, bracelets or lanyards and ensuring information is available in a range of formats, including clear pictograms and audio messages.

In addition, airports are...

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