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Members of PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, have been working towards transferring their work to Free Open Source Software (FOSS). Dr Mike Allen, Senior Modeller with PenCHORD, and Operational Researcher Kerry Pearn, have successfully made the switch to FOSS, which means everything they are doing is now free of any license or intellectual property (IP) considerations, and they can share their work freely for others to use.
With FOSS, anyone is freely licensed to use, copy, study and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software. This is in contrast to proprietary software, where the software is under restrictive copyright and the source code...Read more
Understanding how to put effective health care into practice is an important part of the effort to improve the population’s health. Implementation science aims to address this, and draws on a range of research methods to help us understand how health organisations can effect change and, importantly, the barriers to making changes.
Members of PenCLAHRC's Implementation Science team have been working with the South West Academic Health Science Network (SWAHSN) to study how two projects - the emergency treatment of acute ischaemic stroke and patient-initiated clinics (PIC) – have sought to spread innovation. In both projects, work was initially conducted in one setting and shown to...Read more
A paper published in the journal Health Research Policy and Systems, reports on a tactic to improve health service delivery using a collaborative approach between researchers, health care organisations, commissioners, patients and the public. This aims to introduce and evaluate innovative approaches to person-centred coordinated care (P3C). The programme of work is being led by researchers from the Community and Primary Care Research Group at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, with support from PenCLAHRC and the South West Academic Health Science Network.
Multi-faceted challenges within the care/health environment are the catalyst for new and sometimes radical thinking...Read more
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