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In support of National Stroke Awareness Month, PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Ken Stein has shared his perspective on the collaboration’s work to improve stroke care in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, in an article for South West regional newspaper Western Morning News.
"There are more than 100,000 strokes a year in the UK. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the country and almost two-thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability – at a cost to the NHS and social care of £1.7 billion a year in England alone.
The figures show that stroke is a vast...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.
Highlighting how this works in practice, we’ve brought together some of the work carried out with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).
The RD&E has been our host organisation since 2014 but since our inception in 2008, we have worked together on projects that have resulted in real...
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...Read more
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...Read more
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 –...Read more
A team of health researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and the National Institute for Health Research are working with local music charity Plymouth Music Zone to bring together people who have communication problems caused by aphasia.
Aphasia is a speech and language disorder, which is 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, but also can have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers.
Of the over 150,000 people who have a stroke each year, around a third (33%) will also...Read more
People who have had a stroke in Devon are receiving faster and more effective treatment thanks to research that has used the latest advances in computer simulation.
The ground-breaking project has led to a dramatic increase in the number of patients receiving vital clot-busting treatment, and significantly reduced treatment times.
Researchers from PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, teamed up with the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) to implement the study, which has highlighted the importance of speed when treating people with stroke.
For some patients whose stroke is due to a blood clot...Read more
A new research study is investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have suffered a stroke. The training programme is called ReTrain, and the researchers are looking for volunteers in Devon to take part in the study.
Volunteers need to have suffered a stroke and been discharged for longer than one month following NHS stroke rehabilitation. They also need to have experienced difficulty managing stairs, slopes and uneven surfaces. The study is taking place at sites in Exeter and Newton Abbot.
The research study is supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association. ReTrain came about following an...Read more
A number of PenCLAHRC-supported projects are currently celebrating funding success.ReTrain
REhabilitation TRAINing (ReTrain) is a stroke rehabilitation project looking to improve the quality of life of long-term stroke survivors. It is an exercise rehabilitation programme that has been developed based on expert guidelines and an approach called ARNI (Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury), involving techniques and strategies to help patients readjust to the consequences of their stroke and regain participation in the community. The idea for the research originally came from a stroke survivor and stroke survivors have been heavily involved in the development of the project.
Led by Dr Sarah...Read more
PenCLAHRC is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), the launch of three collaborative research projects.
These projects, funded by the AHSN and undertaken jointly with PenCLAHRC, will focus on the areas of stroke, diagnosing heart attacks and the management of long-term conditions.
Following on from PenCLAHRC’s award-winning research on stroke treatment pathways, the Emergency Treatment of Ischaemic Stroke project will build on these successes to investigate how to achieve a step-change in the emergency stroke treatment pathway across the South West Peninsula. Led by PenCLAHRC’s operational research group, PenCHORD, this project aims to create...Read more