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Partnership with Dartington Service Design Lab boosted by strategic collaboration with PenCHORD

Posted on October 18th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Dartington Lab

The Dartington Service Design Lab is entering into a strategic collaboration with PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) and the wider PenCLAHRC, building on their strong partnership over many years.

The Dartington Service Design Lab (the Lab) was formed in September 2017, before which it was known as the Dartington Social Research Unit (DSRU). Over the past five years, the Lab has collaborated with PenCLAHRC on a number of projects, including a number of randomised controlled trials of services for children and young people as part of the Realising Ambition and Birmingham Brighter Futures projects as well as a chapter in...

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Prof Adrian Taylor appointed Associate Dean for Research in PUPSMD

Posted on October 2nd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Prof Adrian Taylor

Following his recent appointment as Associate Dean for Research for Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), Professor Adrian Taylor talks about his new role and the projects with which he's involved.

"I was delighted to take on the role of Associate Dean for Research in PUPSMD in April for the next three years. I think this reflects the growing strength and interest in health services research, both within PUPSMD but also across the University of Plymouth. Within PUPSMD, working with colleagues in the newly launched Community and Primary Care Research Group, the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit and the Medical...

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Prestigious prize awarded at ORAHS 2017

Posted on September 29th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Prestigious prize awarded at ORAHS 2017

Many congratulations to Sebastian Rachuba, who was awarded the Steve Gallivan prize at the EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services (ORAHS) 2017 conference for his project with the RD&E Hospital on modelling capacity requirements for the CDU in the A&E (which was conducted alongside the HSMA scheme). The prize is awarded to early career scholars for the most promising work demonstrative collaboration between research and NHS organisations.

Sebastian says:

"The project work with Alaric and Laura was incredibly enjoyable. All of us invested a lot to make this work as useful as possible for the RD&E. Seeing our...

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Professor Rob Anderson wins prestigious book prize

Posted on September 15th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people

Public Health and Epidemiology

Rob Anderson, Associate Professor of Health Economics and Evaluation, was one of the authors to win first prize in the Public Health category of the 2017 BMA Medical Book Awards on Monday night.

The prize was awarded for their undergraduate medical textbook, Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance (2nd edition). 

Professor Anderson co-authored the book along with Dr Margaret Somerville and Dr K Kumaran. He said he was “totally surprised” for their book to have won amid such a high calibre of shortlisted books.

“Many of the examples we used in the book drew directly from the research-inspired teaching and real connections to...

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Stroke Association awards funding for stroke thrombectomy collaboration

Posted on August 16th 2017
in Project update, Research Funding

PenCHORD team image

A study into a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke in England, carried out by researchers from PenCLAHRC with colleagues from Newcastle University, Northumbria University and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, has been awarded funding of £22,000 from the Stroke Association.

Stroke is a serious, life-threatening and often debilitating condition, which can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people a year are admitted to hospital following a stroke, with many of those who survive left severely disabled.

Mechanical clot removal (known as thrombectomy) can substantially reduce disability, if carried out within...

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Volunteers required for Singing with Aphasia study

Posted on August 2nd 2017
in Project update

Singing with Aphasia logo

A PenCLAHRC trial team are looking for volunteers to help study the benefits of singing groups for people with a communication disorder associated with strokes.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain and it is thought that around one in three people who have had a stroke experience it to some degree.

People with aphasia can struggle to speak and often make mistakes with the words they use, sometimes using the wrong sounds or putting words together incorrectly. They can also experience difficulty reading and writing.

Researchers are now seeking volunteers in Devon and Cornwall to take...

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Partner in Focus - South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Posted on July 24th 2017
in Project update

SWAFST team

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’ve brought together some of the work carried out with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).

Sarah Black, Research Manager at SWASFT, shares her view of the partnership between the ambulance service and PenCLAHRC:

“We’ve always found working with PenCLAHRC a really rewarding experience. They get research...

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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.  

The study is...

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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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