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Leadership and Management | Partners | Governance 

PenCLAHRC directly funds about 60 members of staff and 15 PhD students, primarily across sites in Exeter and Plymouth. Some of our staff are grouped into teams specialising in specific areas of research:

  • PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) focus on quantitative modelling techniques

  • The Evidence Synthesis Team (EST) are health services researchers with expertise in evidence synthesis methods

  • Our Implementation Science Group specialise in putting effective health care into practice

  • The Patient and Public Involvement team (PPI) are experts in involving the public in health care research and support PenCLAHRC to embed PPI within our own research

We also support a a number of NHS colleagues who work closely with us and have a wide network of affiliated partners across the South West. You can find out more about our team via our staff database.

 

Leadership and Management

Director

Professor Stuart Logan

(PA: Stella Taylor)

Deputy Director (Exeter) Professor Ken Stein
Deputy Director (Plymouth) Professor Richard Byng
Operations and Finance Manager Mrs Jo Shuttleworth
Engagement, Research Information and Communications Manager Dr Lisa Cashmore
PenCLAHRC Administrator Mrs Cath Hopkins

The work of PenCLAHRC is supported by a Governance structure that includes the Management Board, Strategic Executive Group (SEG) and the Project Oversight Executive Group (POEG).

 

Partners

All NHS trusts across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset are members of the collaboration, in addition to both regional universities and the local Academic Health Science Network:

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Devon Partnership NHS Trust Livewell Southwest
Northern, Eastern and Western (NEW) Devon Clinical Commissioning Group NHS England South: Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scily area team  and Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire area team (Somerset locality only) NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Plymouth University
Public Health England South West Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (host organisation)
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
University of Exeter Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

We also collaborate with the South West Academic Health Science Network, (SW AHSN), who are dedicated to improving health and care, and spreading innovation across the region. They're part of a national network of 15 AHSNs set up by NHS England to identify, adopt and disseminate innovative healthcare. 

We have been working with the SW AHSN since its inception in 2014. Since then we have worked together on projects that have resulted in the successful implementation of research, including the Emergency Treatment of Acute Ischaemic Stroke project, the Patient-Initiated Clinics project, and the Health Service Modelling Associates progamme. We are continuing to develop new collaborative studies.

 

Governance

PenCLAHRC is governed by a Management Board, which includes representatives from all partners in the collaboration, and is Chaired by Professor Mary Watkins, Non-Executive Director at the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT). The Management Board meets twice a year, normally in April and November. Each meeting is held using video-conferencing between three sites in Exeter, Plymouth and Truro. Terms of Reference and minutes from all Management Board meetings are available to view on the Management Board and Executive Groups webpage.

PenCLAHRC is managed by a Director, Professor Stuart Logan, who is accountable to the Management Board. The Director oversees two Executive Groups within PenCLAHRC - the Strategic Executive Group (SEG) and the Project Oversight Executive Group (POEG). These are made up of the research theme leads, NHS liaison leads and various management roles including deputy directors and leads for communications, implementation and patient and public involvement. The SEG meets quarterly, while the POEG meets every four to six weeks, depending on project activity.

Each PenCLAHRC project has a separate project team which reports to the Project Oversight Executive Group. Each team is led by an academic lead, supported by a Research Manager. One member of the Executive Group is nominated to take overall responsibility for the delivery of each project.

We also have a patient, carer and public led advisory group, the Peninsula Public Involvement Group (PenPIG), which is involved in all aspects of PenCLAHRC's work. As well as reporting to the Executive Groups, it also has representation on the Management Board and on the Stakeholder Prioritisation Panel, which determines priority projects from the question generation process.

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Upcoming Events

Apr
23

LKD Seminar: The art of...

Room 3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter and video-conferenced to F083 KSpa, Truro and MR10 JBB, Plymouth

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker:  Dr Roman Kislov, Senior Research Fellow in the University of...
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Apr
24

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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