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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 - 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: Live

This project is exploring 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

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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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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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PenCHORD - HepB: Optimising the management of chronic hepatitis B in children and young people

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

PenCHORD will conduct the cost-effectiveness component of an NIHR RfPB funded project, led by Queen Marys University London, which looks at the use of new diagnostic procedures for Hepatitis B in children and young adults. Read more

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PenCHORD - Pathway mapping of STEP 2-4 psychological therapies in the NEW Devon area

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

Working with a wide range of NHS mental health organisations based in the NEW Devon area (both providers and commissioners), this project aims to develop a pathway map of services to assist the policy making process. Read more

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PenCHORD - Streamlining the bladder cancer pathway at RCHT

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

We will build a simulation model of the muscle-invasive bladder cancer pathway at Royal Cornwall Hospital in order to identify bottlenecks, and test potential changes to the pathway to reduce the time from a patient’s referral to definitive treatment. Read more

News

Dr Nick Axford appointed as Associate Professor

21 April 2017

Dr Nick Axford joins PenCLAHRC this week as Associate Professor in Health Services and will...
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Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

20 April 2017

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education...
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Job Opportunity - Trial Manager

10 April 2017

The University of Exeter Medical School is seeking a Trial Manager to take a lead...
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News

Research Projects

Comprehensive Mouth Care and Post-operative Pneumonia (CUPPA)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

A pilot study to see if comprehensive mouth-care reduces the incidence of post-operative pneumonia in...
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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

PenCRU and the Evidence Synthesis Team are working with families, charities and health professionals specialising...
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Research Projects