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Job Opportunity - Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Posted on January 13th 2017
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Job Opportunity - Postdoctoral Research Fellow

We are looking to recruit a Research Fellow to support the work of PenCLAHRC, based at the University of Exeter Medical School. The successful applicant will work on developing existing and new research ideas into funding proposals, specifically in the area of Older People with Complex Health Needs. The post holder may also be expected to contribute to other PenCLAHRC projects in more generic fields of applied health services research.  

The post offers an exciting opportunity to become part of a successful and enthusiastic team committed to improving public health and patient outcomes through innovative health research and implementation. PenCLAHRC's...

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MBE for inspiring physiotherapist and researcher

Posted on December 30th 2016
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MBE for inspiring physiotherapist and researcher

A PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow and physiotherapist based at the University of Exeter Medical School has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year's Honours list 2017.

Dr Vicki Goodwin has been awarded the honour, presented for significant achievement or outstanding service to Physiotherapy.

Vicki is a physiotherapist specialising in the care of older people. Her main research interests are around the rehabilitation of older people, including those with dementia. She specialises in areas including rehabilitation after falls – working towards ensuring older people can have the best quality of life possible.

Dr Goodwin said:

“I am completely shocked and truly humbled that...

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Update on PenCLAHRC's research prioritisation process

Posted on December 14th 2016
in Project update

Update on PenCLAHRC's research prioritisation process

Local healthcare professionals, patients and the public have submitted 55 questions to this year’s PenCLAHRC prioritisation process. This aims to identify areas of research that reflect the real issues faced by the health service across the South West - and is one of the ways we ensure our work programme is aligned to the needs and concerns of our partners.

Questions, which could be submitted independently via a web tool or by attending designated Making Sense of Evidence workshops, were submitted by a variety of organisations and individuals, and span a wide range of topic areas - from social...

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PenCLAHRC presents at SW AHSN 'Sharing Best Practice' Conference 2016

Posted on December 12th 2016
in Events, PenCLAHRC people

PenCLAHRC presents at SW AHSN 'Sharing Best Practice' Conference 2016

Colleagues from PenCLAHRC presented projects being undertaken in partnership with the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN), at their recent ‘Sharing Best Practice’ Conference 2016.

The SW AHSN Sharing Best Practice Conference, designed for health and care professionals, attracted around 200 people from all over the UK. The event was designed to give idea-focused presentations on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and provoke conversations, along with more in-depth sessions.

Research Fellow Dr Jo Day and Dr Iain Lang, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, both from PenCLAHRC, delivered a session with Jo Gajtkowska from the SW AHSN on the...

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NIHR grant received for testing of cancer diagnostic tools

Posted on December 8th 2016
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NIHR grant received for testing of cancer diagnostic tools

A team of researchers, including members of PenCLAHRC, have received  £240,880 of funding from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (NIHR HTA) for a new project looking to understand the efficacy, cost-effectiveness and current use of cancer diagnostic tools to aid decision-making in primary care.

For many types of cancer, survival is lower in the UK than for most European countries. Diagnostic tools that can predict the risk of cancer in patients with symptoms have been developed and are available for GPs to use in clinical practice. However, there are no summaries of the evidence on whether using these tools improves...

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Study inspires support for new peer network

Posted on December 8th 2016
in Project update

Study inspires support for new peer network

Thirteen services in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset have come together to contribute to research undertaken by PenCLAHRC. This collaborative study looking at regional Rapid Intervention Services has now inspired the development of a new peer support network.

Due to increased pressures on Emergency Departments, Rapid Intervention Services have developed over recent years to provide rapid, acute support to patients so that they can be treated without the need for hospital admissions. However, there is little information available locally on their effectiveness and configuration.

The Mapping Community Rapid Intervention Services (CRIS) project arose from the PenCLAHRC research prioritisation process. As the project progressed,...

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New guidance aims to fill gaps in health service research

Posted on December 1st 2016
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New guidance aims to fill gaps in health service research

PenCLAHRC’s Mary Hickson, Professor in Dietetics at Plymouth University, has worked with the Association of UK University Hospitals’ (AUKUH) to develop new guidance for healthcare provider organisations. The guide aims to provide practical advice to develop and sustain the research clinical academic roles of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Professor Hickson said of the guidance:

“This new resource is long awaited and fills a big gap in the advice available to aspiring nursing and AHP clinical academics, as well as NHS Trusts and universities who wish to develop career pathways for these people.”

 

“The advice is practical and pragmatic and has been...

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Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

Posted on November 29th 2016
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Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

A team of PenCLAHRC researchers have been awarded a project grant from the Stroke Association to support pilot research aimed at improving the wellbeing and quality of life of people who have aphasia.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of having a stroke. People with aphasia can struggle to speak or to understand spoken language. They may also have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers. The charity Speakability estimates that there are currently 250,000 people living with aphasia in the UK.

As well as affecting speech and language, people with...

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PenCLAHRC appoints Mental Health and Dementia theme lead and deputy

Posted on November 29th 2016
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PenCLAHRC appoints Mental Health and Dementia theme lead and deputy

We are pleased to announce that Professor Chris Dickens, Chair of Psychological Medicine, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Joel Town, have been appointed as Theme Lead and Deputy Theme Lead respectively, for Mental Health and Dementia at PenCLAHRC.

Professor Dickens has, throughout his career, researched the causes, effects and treatments of emotional problems in people with chronic physical illness,.

Since joining the University of Exeter Medical School in 2011 Professor Dickens has continued to focus on the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the management of common mental disorders in people with chronic physical illness – working on a number of...

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Thousands could benefit from greater use of revolutionary stroke treatment

Posted on November 29th 2016
in Project update

Thousands could benefit from greater use of revolutionary stroke treatment

Research supported by PenCLAHRC’s Dr Martin James has the potential to benefit almost 10,000 UK stroke patients a year. The study, presented at the UK Stroke Forum Conference in Liverpool today, looks at a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke.

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 can substantially reduce disability, if carried out within six hours of the onset...

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