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Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland

Posted on April 8th 2019
in Project update

Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland

Pioneering work by Professor Martin James, a senior NHS clinician for stroke services in Exeter and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, including PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, has been incorporated in proposals to improve stroke care for patients in Northern Ireland.

Every year, there are almost 3,000 stroke-related hospital admissions in Northern Ireland and more than 1,000 people die from stroke. Stroke services in Northern Ireland, as with other parts of the UK, struggle to meet national standards in a number of areas.

NHS Guidelines in England recommend that when reconfiguring stroke services, patients should ideally...

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Successful home-based heart rehabilitation programme rolled out

Posted on April 8th 2019
in Project update

Successful home-based heart rehabilitation programme rolled out

A new rehabilitation programme, which helps heart failure patients achieve better quality of life from the comfort of their own homes will now be rolled out at four NHS centres across the UK.

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsular
(PenCLAHRC) supported Research has found that the Rehabilitation Enablement in CHronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF) programme, developed by a collaboration led by the University of Exeter and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS trust, significantly improved quality of life. Rehabilitation is also linked to better health outcomes for patients. Last month, a new study concluded that the Reach-HF programme is...

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National Lottery Community Fund boost to Exeter health research

Posted on March 25th 2019
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Healthy Parent Craers logo in green and blue

The health and wellbeing of parent carers is often overlooked. But now, with a funding boost of nearly £40,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund, a peer-led support programme for parents of disabled children in communities across the southwest is set to be further extended.

The Healthy Parent Carers programme for parent carers of disabled children (aged up to 25 years) provides information about small steps that can be taken every day to improve health and wellbeing using the acronym CLANGERS (Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give, Eat well, Relax and Sleep). Parents are invited to take part in NHS-funded research, led by...

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Home-based cardiac rehabilitation for heart failure improves quality of life

Posted on February 11th 2019
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Home-based cardiac rehabilitation for heart failure improves quality of life

Despite the proven effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation programmes in reducing readmissions and risk of death from heart disease, attendance varies widely across the UK and is generally poor. An NIHR-funded trial involving researchers from PenCLAHRC has found that home-based rehabilitation for people with heart failure improves quality of life at 12 months compared with usual care.

216 people with heart failure, predominantly men with an average age of 70, were recruited from primary and secondary care in the UK, for a home-based programme. The programme, facilitated by a trained cardiac nurse or physiotherapist and developed from health behaviour change theory, was co-developed...

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Professor Ken Stein appointed Director of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme

Posted on July 22nd 2018
in PenCLAHRC people

Professor Ken Stein appointed Director of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme

PenCLAHRC’s Deputy Director, Professor Ken Stein, has been appointed as Programme Director for the NIHR Systematic Reviews (SR) Programme. The NIHR SR Programme manages the NIHR support for Cochrane activities in the UK and the NIHR support for the academic units on whose work all National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) appraisals are based.

Ken will take on the role from September 2018, succeeding Professor Tom Walley, who says:

“I am delighted that Ken has accepted this position. I am confident that under Ken's leadership the NIHR SR Programme will continue to fund and oversee vital high quality research that will continue to provide decision makers...

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New research will evaluate ways to improve continence for disabled children

Posted on June 21st 2018
in Research Funding

Toilet signs

Learning to manage going to the toilet independently is an important milestone in child development. Being continent involves recognising that you need to go to the toilet, controlling until an appropriate place can be found, urinating and/or defecating, and cleaning up afterwards.

Children with special educational needs and disability may be slower to learn to manage going to the toilet, or need extra help, but many can become continent with the right support.  Clinicians often recommend ways to improve continence, including toilet training programmes, nappies and other products, aids and equipment, medicines and surgery. Children should be assessed carefully by clinicians...

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Research reveals key factors to support quality of life in dementia

Posted on May 14th 2018
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Research reveals key factors to support quality of life in dementia

 

A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.

The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that good relationships, social engagement, better everyday functioning, good physical and mental health, and high-quality care were all linked to better quality of life for people with dementia.

Professor Linda Clare, at the University of Exeter, said:

“This research supports the identification of national priorities for supporting people to live as well as possible with dementia. While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments,...

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Plymouth researchers are recruiting local smokers to major national study looking at reducing cigarette consumption

Posted on March 5th 2018
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Plymouth researchers are recruiting local smokers to major national study looking at reducing cigarette consumption

A £1.8m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is looking for hundreds of Plymouth smokers who don’t want to quit, but do want to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke. Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) will lead the study to test whether personal support can help.

Professor Adrian Taylor, Associate Dean for Research in PUPSMD, is leading the study across four cities – Plymouth, Nottingham, Oxford and London - which will hopefully provide a definitive answer to whether future services should be adapted to support those not ready to quit.

“We...

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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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NIHR type 2 diabetes care review features PenCLAHRC systematic review paper

Posted on October 17th 2016
in Project update

NIHR type 2 diabetes care review features PenCLAHRC systematic review paper

A systematic review, co-authored by Professor Nicky Britten, has been included in a NIHR themed review, which brings together research on type 2 diabetes care.

The review aims to give a short account of completed and ongoing NIHR-funded studies on type 2 diabetes and how they have informed practice.

Over the last ten years, the NIHR has funded a number of programmes, projects, research centres, work streams and researchers working in diabetes prevention, management and care. Yet, evidence from these different studies has not been brought together before.

The systematic review - a qualitative synthesis of diabetes self-management strategies for long term medical...

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