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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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Event title

'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

Event title

(DiScOVer) - Dynamic Splinting of Vertebral fractures

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

Can dynamic orthotics/bracing reduce pain, and improve function, confidence and wellbeing in people with osteoporotic vertebral fractures? Read more

Event title

A new model of prescribing for multi-morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

In multi morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications, can a new model of prescribing reduce treatment burden and optimise individually appropriate medicine? Read more

Event title

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

Event title

A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence Read more

Event title

AHSN/PenCHORD project - Achieving step change in the emergency stroke pathway across the South West peninsula

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

A project looking to reduce stroke-related disability in the South West by accelerating the real-world implementation of clinical evidence for thrombolysis treatment after acute ischaemic stroke. Read more

Event title

AHSN/PenCHORD project - Cardiac Troponin: Diagnosing heart attacks in A&E

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

High sensitivity troponin (hs-cTn) for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction in A&E – modelling the impact of implementing hs-cTn in the South West. Read more

Event title

AHSN/PenCLAHRC Project - Analysing implementation in Acute Stroke and Patient Initiated Clinics (ASPIC)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

Understanding the implementation and improvement process, including barriers and facilitators, to achieving the spread of desired changes in healthcare practice. Read more

Event title

AHSN/PenCLAHRC project - Patient-initiated clinics (PIC) for people with long-term conditions

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

Programme of work looking at the implementation and evaluation of patient-initiated clinics (PIC). Read more

Event title

Antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

A systematic review of antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes Read more

Upcoming Events

Jun
29

Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 2.35)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Jul
13

Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth Science Park (Room N14)

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

News

Prisoner mental health collaboration receives extension and funding boost

23 June 2017

A national collaboration supported by PenCLAHRC, investigating ways to support prisoners with mental health problems both...
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Starting school young can put child wellbeing at risk

22 June 2017

New research, supported by PenCLAHRC, has shown that the youngest pupils in each school year...
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Carers speak about helping to shape research and education

16 June 2017

Carers have spoken about the value of sharing their experiences with students and researchers at...
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News

Research Projects

Public involvement in suicide prevention

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A research programme examining a public health intervention designed to help members of the public...
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PenCHORD: Modelling the optimal size of Derriford Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Providing modelling evidence of the optimal size for an expanded Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) at...
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Research Projects