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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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STRENGTHEN - Firm Foundations for Health and Wellbeing

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

Improving health for those under community supervision, with the support of a Health Trainer. Read more

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PenCHORD - Integrating Muscular Skeletal therapy services in Cornwall

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske (RCHT) and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT) have been operating separate outpatient services for Muscular Skeletal therapy and there is now a process of integration to operate the two services together. Read more

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Using pharmacogenetics testing to identify monogenic diabetes earlier (The UNITED project)

Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

During this project, the research team evaluated the cost-effectiveness of different strategies to identify those individuals with monogenic diabetes (who are often misdiagnosed) and change their treatment to that which is more appropriate. Read more

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A systematic review of physical activity for alcohol and substance use disorders: evidence synthesis with stakeholder engagement to formulate practical recommendations

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

A systematic review examining the evidence for the efficacy of physical activity interventions for alcohol and substance use disorders with input from stakeholders. Read more

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PRO-GROUP- How can we best design and implement a group-based programme for Tier 3 obesity care?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

How can we best design, evaluate and implement a group-based programme for weight-management in Tier 3 obesity care? Read more

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Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training (IMPACT) - a realist review

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

The research team are conducting a realist review to understand how interventions to change antimicrobial prescribing behaviours of doctors in training produce their effects. Read more

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TARS – Trial of physical Activity and Reduction of Smoking

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) will lead a national study to test the effectiveness of new support to help smokers who want to reduce but not quit. Read more

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ESSEnCE: amalgamating marginal gains in ESSEntial Nursing CarE

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

PenCLAHRC researchers are supporting colleagues in the Medical School on an NIHR Programme Development Grant funded project to develop and test a new improved method of nursing care. Read more

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PenCHORD - What are the factors that most influence demand for ambulances in South West England?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

This project sought to understand the factors that contribute most to growing levels of demand for ambulance services in South West England using a simulation modelling approach. Read more

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The Patient Safety Collaborative Evaluation Study (PiSCES)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

This project aims to evaluate progress to date on the development of Patient Safety Collaboratives. 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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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