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Inspired by her own experience as a mum to child with autism, a dental hygienist has published new research hoping to make dental examinations less stressful for autistic children.
Nicole Thomas, from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, suggests that giving children the power of choice could make a world of difference to a child with autism. Something as simple as allowing a child to select the colour of mouthwash they use after a dental examination can improve their experience. With support from PenCLAHRC, Nicole worked alongside researchers at the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit (PenCRU) at the University of Exeter...Read more
Health provision is moving away from disease-based models to person centred delivery. This study addresses the development of a new practical tool to support organisations and practitioners in delivering this new approach.
Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings. The NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care, while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. Such an economic challenge has been the catalyst for new and sometimes radical thinking about how care is delivered. This has resulted in a move away...Read more
The National Health Service (NHS) needs healthy, motivated doctors to provide high quality care for patients. Unfortunately, being a doctor is a challenging job in a pressurised work environment, so doctors are more likely to suffer from mental ill-health than other working adults.
A recent survey of doctors who were members of the organisation Medical Protection suggested that 85% had experienced mental health issues, including stress (75%), anxiety (49%), depression (32%) and suicidal feelings (13%). In November 2015, the Head of Thought Leadership at the King’s Fund said stress levels among NHS staff are “astonishingly high”.
When they become ill, doctors...Read more
A family whose mother could not speak or hear has praised a project which helped them communicate with her in her final days. The project is led by PenCLAHRC PhD student Sonam Zamir, who is researching the effectiveness of video calls at reducing loneliness and isolation in care home settings.
Jerry Camp explained how his mother Cath Camp "got a real lift" from receiving video calls from family throughout the UK while living at Valley View Rest Home in Plymouth, the flagship home owned by Ark Care Homes Ltd, before her death in August following a short illness.
Delivered as part of...Read more
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Following a hugely successful first round of the Health Service Modelling Associate (HSMA) Programme, a second round of the scheme – HSMA 2018 - has been launched, a joint initiative between PenCLAHRC and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW ASHN).
The HSMA Programme is a scheme run by PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD. Working directly with staff from NHS organisations in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, the programme aims to support the increased use of operational research within health service development and decision making. A number of NHS staff from...Read more
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.
We have been working in partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNT) since PenCLAHRC’s inception in 2008. Below are some examples of projects which have resulted in real change to the way the Trust works.
Success of SWARM's CUPPA trial
Set up five years ago, the South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) is a trainee-led audit and research...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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.
"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...Read more
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...Read more