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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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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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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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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 memory clinic. 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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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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PenCHORD - Review of Operational Research in scheduled and unscheduled care

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

Review and evaluation of simulation modelling work relating to Accident and Emergency departments worldwide, to create a modelling resource and guidance for clinicians. Read more

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PenCHORD - A pilot of an out of hours telephony service for mental health enquiries

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Devon Partnership Trust is currently piloting an out of hours telephony system for mental health enquiries. This project is modelling the system to ensure it can support the expected increases in demand over time. Read more

News

Stroke Association awards funding for stroke thrombectomy collaboration

16 August 2017

A study into a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke in England, carried...
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Job opportunity - Graduate Research Assistant

14 August 2017

We are looking to recruit a part-time Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of Dr Vicki...
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Volunteers required for Singing with Aphasia study

02 August 2017

A PenCLAHRC trial team are looking for volunteers to help study the benefits of singing...
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News

Research Projects

PenCHORD - Optimising plastic surgery clinic scheduling at Derriford Hospital

Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine

This project would seek to assess how changing the length of clinic slots and /...
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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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Research Projects