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Research and Projects

This page provides more detail about the portfolio of PenCLAHRC projects. There are a variety of routes through which research questions become projects, but our adoption processes have the same three key aims:   

  • Conduct patient-focused research reflecting the needs of the public and the NHS
  • Support evidence-based service change for the benefit of patients and the public
  • Build capacity within the local health economy to generate and effectively use the results of research

In the pages below you can find out more information about many of our current and completed projects. You can filter content by PenCLAHRC's research themes, status, or by keywords.

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PenCHORD - Optimising plastic surgery clinic scheduling at Derriford Hospital

Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

This project would seek to assess how changing the length of clinic slots and / or carving out slots for more complex patients could help to reduce waiting times for a plastic surgery clinic at Derriford Hospital. Read more

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Public involvement in suicide prevention

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

A research programme examining a public health intervention designed to help members of the public recognise and respond to possible suicidal intent in a public setting. Read more

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PenCHORD: Modelling the optimal size of Derriford Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

Providing modelling evidence of the optimal size for an expanded Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) at Derriford Hospital. Read more

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PenCHORD - Torbay and South Devon stroke care

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

PenCHORD worked with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust to understand the resources needed to streamline the flow of patients through the stroke care pathway. Read more

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PenCHORD - STEMI: Appropriate treatment for ST-elevation heart attacks

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

Could thrombolysis treatment from paramedics before being taken to hospital lead to better outcomes for some patients who have a STEMI heart attack? Read more

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Family Vision

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

Supporting children exposed to domestic conflict and violence through parent leadership coaching. Read more

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PenCHORD - Determining the required size of a Clinical Decision Unit at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

A simulation modelling project to determine the optimum size and opening hours of a Clinical Decision Unit in Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital’s A&E department, taking into account distinct admission policies and opening hours. Read more

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Comprehensive Mouth Care and Post-operative Pneumonia (CUPPA)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

A pilot study to see if comprehensive mouth-care reduces the incidence of post-operative pneumonia in high risk ward patients. Read more

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Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Epilepsy - A long term condition of children (CASTLE)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

PenCRU and the Evidence Synthesis Team are working with families, charities and health professionals specialising in epilepsy, to devise a set of outcome measures for this national NIHR-funded project. Read more

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PenCHORD - DECODE: Modelling the impact of a dementia triage system on Exeter memory clinic waiting times

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

Investigating the impact of the DECODE dementia triage system on patient waiting times for assessment at the Exeter, North Devon and South Devon memory clinics. Read more

Upcoming Events

May
01

PPI Advice Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters

Patient and Public Involvement Clinic What? These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC PPI Team manage and respond...
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May
15

Searching and Review Clinic

Room 2.35, South Cloisters, St Lukes Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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News

Improving health care pathways for patients with chronic conditions

05 April 2018

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Helen Lloyd, has spoken to the BBC about the impacts...
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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

29 March 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Does brain function really decline after hip and knee surgery?

28 March 2018

A new study due to launch in the South West aims to explore if brain...
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News

Research Projects

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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Research Projects