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Job Opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Assistant/Fellow

Posted on February 3rd 2017
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Job Opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Assistant/Fellow

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a self-motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistant or Research Fellow, to work within the Primary Care group at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. We are looking for someone with expertise in health services research.

The Primary Care research group has a democratic ethos and a high level of success in attracting funding. You will also be a part of the NIHR PenCLAHRC team, and have opportunities to build partnerships with leading health services researchers across the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter.

PenCLAHRC's novel ground-up approach to research, led by patients, clinicians and managers in collaboration with...

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Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

Posted on February 3rd 2017
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Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

A simple new questionnaire based on emoticon-style facial expressions could help teachers and others who work with children as young as four to engage them on their happiness and wellbeing levels in the classroom.

The How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS) questionnaire, designed by experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, is available to download for free. It uses emoticon-style faces with options of happy, ok or sad. The questionnaire asks children to rate how they feel in seven situations including on the way to school, in the classroom and in the playground. It is designed to...

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Pressures on the NHS - The answers are out there

Posted on January 22nd 2017
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Pressures on the NHS - The answers are out there

Professor Jonathan Pinkney from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and lead researcher on the PenCLAHRC funded Avoidable Acute Admissions (AAA) project, talks about the current winter crisis in hospitals.

With our hospitals on high levels of alert and seemingly insurmountable pressures on the rest of the NHS and social care networks, now more than ever before, the question is being asked: “what next for our NHS?”

In recent months, an increasing number of hospitals have been put on level five alerts as pressures from emergency admissions have serious repercussions for bed occupancy and planned (elective) treatments.

The issues faced...

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Rural dementia: we need to talk

Posted on January 19th 2017
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Rural dementia: we need to talk

Research carried out by Plymouth University into the experience of dementia in farming and farming families, and its impact on their businesses and home lives, has identified four areas of concern. 

The year-long study was undertaken by Dr Claire Kelly and Dr Richard Yarwood, with support from Ian Sherriff, who is supported by PenCLAHRC and is Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the University and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Rural Dementia Friendly Task and Finish Group. It is the first time that research has addressed this issue in farming.

Sixteen farmers from across Devon were interviewed, along with seven professionals from...

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Plymouth dementia expert plays role in new CAA guidelines on hidden disabilities

Posted on January 17th 2017
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Plymouth dementia expert plays role in new CAA guidelines on hidden disabilities

Ian Sherriff, who is supported by PenCLAHRC, has helped develop new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines on hidden disabilities and airports.

New guidance published by the CAA will help passengers with hidden disabilities get better support at UK airports and more effective communication ahead of travel, to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Following a wide-ranging consultation with airports and disability organisations, the CAA has set out a number of key guidelines that include providing identity badges, bracelets or lanyards and ensuring information is available in a range of formats, including clear pictograms and audio messages.

In addition, airports are...

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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
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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
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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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