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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
in Uncategorised

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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PenCHORD awarded funding to forge links with India

Posted on June 2nd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Training

PenCHORD awarded funding to forge links with India

An internationalisation grant has been awarded to PenCHORD – PenCLAHRC’s operational research group – to establish a research collaboration between the University of Exeter Medical School and Charusat University in India.

Charusat University is situated in the Gujarat state of India and specialises in science, technology and management courses. The university works closely with the newly-established Charusat Hospital, situated next to the university campus, to develop staff skills and resources.

This collaboration aims to combine both universities’ specialisms in healthcare and operational research, by using modelling to support service delivery at Charusat Hospital.

Martin Pitt, Director of PenCHORD, established links with Charusat University when he visited senior...

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PenCLAHRC joins EU network for cost containment and improved quality of healthcare

Posted on May 25th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Training

PenCLAHRC joins EU network for cost containment and improved quality of healthcare

The escalating cost of healthcare is a problem common to all EU countries and national governments are looking at different ways to tackle this. There is often anxiety that managing costs will mean healthcare becomes more dangerous or risky - however this does not have to be the case.

A network of healthcare stakeholders from 24 EU countries has been set up to develop ways of containing costs whilst maintaining, or even improving, the quality of healthcare. PenCLAHRC’s Professor Nicky Britten is one of just two UK representatives on the Action’s Management Committee, whilst Dr Helen Lloyd and Dr Mark Pearson are...

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Self-harm in schools collaboration reveals need for new training and interventions

Posted on May 24th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Self-harm in schools collaboration reveals need for new training and interventions

A GW4-funded collaboration between researchers from PenCLAHRC and GW4 universities has revealed gaps in provision for dealing with self-harm in secondary schools.

Staff from 153 schools in Wales and South-West England took part in a survey consultation to gather information on schools’ experience of students who self-harm, including self-harm provisions and barriers to addressing self-harm. This was followed by focus groups in eight schools to explore these issues in more depth.

The survey revealed that schools do not have a common or unified approach towards dealing with self-harm, but instead employ a variety of ad-hoc strategies including applying first aid and informing their safeguarding...

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PenCLAHRC dementia research makes the news

Posted on May 23rd 2017
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PenCLAHRC dementia research makes the news

A PenCLAHRC project showing that eating a Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of dementia has been reported in the Western Morning News as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

The systematic review, conducted by Dr Ilianna Lourida and Professor Jo Thompson-Coon of PenCLAHRC's Evidence Synthesis Team, brought together evidence to conclude that a Mediterranean diet could help to protect the ageing brain.

A Mediterranean diet typically consists of high consumption of plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil, moderate consumption of fish and dairy products, and reduced intake of red meat and processed foods. Moderate alcohol intake, usually wine, during meals is another...

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Raised blood platelet levels 'strong predictor' of cancer

Posted on May 23rd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Raised blood platelet levels 'strong predictor' of cancer

Having a high blood platelet count is a strong predictor of cancer and should be urgently investigated to save lives, according to a large-scale study led by the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC.

Around two per cent of people over 40 – up to half a million people in the UK – have a raised blood platelet count, known as thrombocytosis.

Now, a study of 40,000 patient records has found that more than 11% of men and 6% of women over the age of 40 with thrombocytosis, went on to be diagnosed with cancer within a year. This rose...

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