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Study reveals that exclusion from school can trigger long-term psychiatric illness

Posted on July 21st 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

School exclusion study

Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown. Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school.

The analysis by a team led by Professor Tamsin Ford of responses from over 5,000 school-aged children, their parents and their teachers, found that children with learning difficulties and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism spectrum conditions were more likely to be excluded from the classroom.  

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PenCLAHRC's take on social prescribing in BMJ Opinion

Posted on July 19th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Dr Kerryn Husk

Social prescribing has the potential to address many of the factors that perpetuate illness, decrease quality of life and add to health care costs – such as social isolation, inactivity and smoking. It has expanded the options available to GPs who have patients requiring financial, housing and other social advice alongside their medical care.

In a piece published in BMJ Opinion, PenCLAHRC Research Fellow Dr Kerryn Husk warns that, in order for social prescribing to reach its full potential and make a true difference to patients, more needs to be done to understand what works, for whom, and in what circumstances.

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Results of GREAT trial released at Alzheimers Association International Conference 2017

Posted on July 19th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Professor Linda Clare

A large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, presented at the international Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 on Tuesday July 18, has found that cognitive rehabilitation leads to people seeing satisfying progress in areas that enable them to maintain their functioning and independence.

The Goal-oriented Cognitive Rehabilitation in Early-stage Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias: Multi-centre Single-blind Randomised Controlled Trial (GREAT) trial involved 475 people across eight sites in England and Wales. Half of them received ten cognitive rehabilitation sessions over three months, and the other half did not. The group receiving the therapy then took part in four ‘top-up’ sessions...

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New guide launched to measure and improve patient care

Posted on July 12th 2017
in Project update

p3c.org.uk

 

It is widely acknowledged that care provided by the NHS and other services should be person-centred - that is, centred on the individual and responsive to their needs. One way of achieving this is through a better understanding of the patient’s experience of care and a PenCLAHRC project has been the first to put together a guide for commissioners on this topic.

The new guide was compiled by PenCLAHRC researchers and patient-centred coordinated care experts based at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, with support from NHS England, the Coalition for Collaborative Care, and the South West Academic Health...

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Launch of new website to mark one year of Health Service Modelling Associates Programme

Posted on July 4th 2017
in Project update

HSMA homepage

“With the HSMA programme, we have developed an exciting new way for the NHS to engage with the power and potential of simulation modelling in a meaningful way.  It means that NHS organisations across the region can build their in-house capacity to build models that inform decisions whilst seeing real impact for the organisation. 

Dan Chalk, Research Fellow in the PenCHORD team and lead for the HSMA programme

To mark the end of the first year of our Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, we’ve launched a new website to showcase the impacts that this innovative scheme has had on NHS Trusts across the...

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PenCHORD strengthens links to overseas research partners

Posted on June 28th 2017
in Research Funding

Participants of the special interest group’s workshop at University of Hohenheim

Following a successful bid in 2016, PenCHORD  (PenCLAHRC’s operational research group), has been awarded additional funding to strengthen their existing links with German research partners.

PenCHORD have been awarded £14,000 to strengthen international collaboration in the field of healthcare operational research. This year’s funding has enabled the team to continue their engagement with overseas research, particularly in Germany.

Earlier this year, Dr Sebastian Rachuba attended the annual meeting of the special interest group Health Care Management at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. Over two days, more than 30 researchers and practitioners from across Germany met to discuss ways to improve collaboration between the participants.

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Prisoner mental health collaboration receives extension and funding boost

Posted on June 23rd 2017
in Project update

: Professor Richard Byng and Dr Tim Kirkpatrick, centre, with the Engager team

A national collaboration supported by PenCLAHRC, investigating ways to support prisoners with mental health problems both before and after release, has received additional funding of almost £290,000 to continue its work for another 10 months.

Engager is a collaboration between Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), the University of Manchester, University College London and the University of Exeter. It has already received funding in the region of £2.2 million from the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR), which has also supported this latest funding.

The project aims to develop and evaluate a way of organising care and support for prisoners...

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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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Carers speak about helping to shape research and education

Posted on June 16th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Carers speak about helping to shape research and education

Carers have spoken about the value of sharing their experiences with students and researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, to increase awareness and help support other carers in the community.

Volunteer Heather Boult, from Countess Wear in Exeter, said:

“As part of Carers week, it's about saying you are not alone in how you feel. Speak up and get involved in research, as it's the most rewarding, challenging and best way to change and improve the future for all patients. Don't be your illness or your NHS number or' just a patient', you are a person with a voice and...

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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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