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Study inspires support for new peer network

Posted on December 8th 2016
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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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Child Health study receives funding boost

Posted on November 21st 2016
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Child Health study receives funding boost

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow Dr Vashti Berry, based at the University of Exeter Medical School, has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Project Co-Creation Fund. The new study, called Family Vision, aims to support children exposed to domestic violence through a parent leadership coaching programme.

The Family Vision parent leadership programme, developed by project partner Nina Farr (Get Up and Grow Coaching Ltd) is a parent coaching intervention designed specifically for lone and single parents who are the main carer for children following an experience of domestic abuse and/or family breakdown. Parents will...

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Job opportunity - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Posted on November 8th 2016
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Job opportunity - Postdoctoral Research Associate

We are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Psychology Applied to Health group in University of Exeter Medical School.

The successful applicant will support the trial manager in the day-to-day management and administration of a pilot randomised controlled trial of a new group-based singing intervention for people with Aphasia.

The post will include; contribution to the development of the group intervention, preparation of study materials, data collection (including qualitative interviewing), data entry and analysis, and report writing. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information orally, in writing and...

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Job opportunity - PenCLAHRC Associate Professor (Reader) in Health Services Research

Posted on October 27th 2016
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Job opportunity - PenCLAHRC Associate Professor (Reader) in Health Services Research

Based at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, we are looking to appoint an Associate Professor (Reader). The post holder will develop and support research projects adopted by PenCLAHRC, as well as identify research and implementation ideas in their own field and develop these into funding proposals and a programme of research.

Working as part of the Plymouth based Primary Care Group within Clinical Trials and Populations Studies, the post holder will also work closely with the PenCLAHRC team based at the University of Exeter. There will be opportunities to build partnerships with leading health services researchers across both...

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ReTrain project celebrating triple success

Posted on October 20th 2016
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ReTrain project celebrating triple success

The ReTrain project, supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association, has been investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have had a stroke.  With the pilot trial nearing completion, the team are celebrating three key successes.

The team, led by Professor Sarah Dean, have had their protocol paper published in BMJ Open. The paper, outlining the trial processes, represents the first key output from this important pilot feasibility trial and is a significant step towards answering the original research question.

This question was raised by a stroke survivor taking part in the PenCLAHRC question generation process –...

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Job opportunity - Communications Assistant

Posted on October 19th 2016
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Job opportunity - Communications Assistant

We are looking to appoint a Communications Assistant who will make a significant contribution to the delivery of communication activities for PenCLAHRC.

This is an interesting opportunity for a highly organised individual with excellent written and verbal communication skills, who has the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people in a professional manner. The post holder is required to have excellent IT skills, strong attention to detail, and be able to plan and prioritise a busy and varied workload in the face of conflicting demands. They will have previous experience of working in a communications or marketing role,...

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