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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 - 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

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Home-based Extended Rehabilitation of Older people (HERO)

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

NIHR-funded project to investigate whether an extended rehabilitation programme using a home-based exercise intervention developed for older people with frailty improves health-related quality of life. Read more

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PenCHORD - Optimising GP Appointment Policies at Ivybridge Health Centre

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

This project explored the potential impact of three different GP appointment scheduling policies on waiting times and continuity of care at Ivybridge Health Centre. Read more

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Effects of animals on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

A review that aims to synthesise the available evidence on the impact of animals on those living in residential care and on care home life. Read more

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PenCHORD - Streamlining Pre-operative Assessments at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

Developing a simulation model of the potential impact of new NICE guidelines on pre-operative assessment (POA) at the RCHT, and assessing whether advance knowledge of patients' ASA scores could make the POA process more efficient. Read more

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'My Nature' - Supporting healthcare professionals to improve older people’s sensory experiences of the natural world

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Enhancing quality of life for older people living in residential/nursing care by developing a toolkit for staff to help residents engage with nature, in collaboration with the Sensory Trust. Read more

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Self-harm and Suicide in Schools

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

This six-month study includes a survey consultation with all secondary schools in South-West England and Cardiff on self-harm prevention and intervention activities, followed by a series of focus groups. Read more

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Searching and Review Clinic

Room 2.17, 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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Searching and Review Clinic

Room N14, ITTC Building, Plymouth

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Job opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Fellow

02 August 2018

The University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry are looking to recruit a Research Fellow within...
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Professor Ken Stein appointed Director of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme

22 July 2018

PenCLAHRC’s Deputy Director, Professor Ken Stein, has been appointed as Programme Director for the NIHR Systematic Reviews (SR)...
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Celebrating positives in the classroom may improve child behaviour and mental health

18 July 2018

Training teachers to focus their attention on positive conduct, and to avoid jumping to correct...
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Research Projects

Improving Continence

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

What is the available evidence for interventions relating to improving continence for children and young...
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UNTEST

Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine

How can we help GPs make better use of thyroid function tests?
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Research Projects