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About PenARC

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What is PenARC?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.

The NIHR ARC South West Peninsula (also known as PenARC) is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public. We are a partnership of NHS Trusts and Local Authorities across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.

 

What we do

PenARC has three key objectives:

1. To increase the volume and quality of patient-focused research in the South West

2. To improve health outcomes by more effective use of evidence to drive health services

3. To increase capacity within the health economy to use and generate evidence

Our model of partnership working across the whole research and practice continuum aims to address both the much discussed research-into-practice gap and the equally important practice-into-research gap.

 

Our research

PenARC research falls under five main themes, each with its own academic lead. Details of current and completed projects can be found on the Research and Projects pages.

Research Themes and Leads

Complex Care Professor Richard Byng
Dementia Professor Linda Clare
Mental Health Professor Chris Dickens
Public Health Professor Ken Stein
Methods for Research and Improvement

Professor Stuart Logan

 

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Upcoming Events

Jan
21

PPI Advice Clinic

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Patient and Public Involvement Advice Clinics Whatever your query, from finding out more about Patient and...
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Jan
26

Searching and Review Clinic

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COVID-19 update: As a result of the pandemic, all PenARC staff are currently working remotely. While...
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News

Could physical activity help minimise drug and alcohol use?

17 December 2020

Figures and surveys have shown that high-risk alcohol consumption increased during lockdown periods, while exercise...
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£300,000 from NIHR to investigate the views of older adults on strategies to improve recovery from planned surgery

10 December 2020

A team of researchers from across the University of Exeter Medical School, Royal Devon &...
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'Why physical activity matters more than ever'

01 December 2020

Professor of Health Service Research, Adrian Taylor, discusses motivation, exercise schemes, and the future impact on...
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Research Projects

Police Service Modelling Associates (PSMA) Programme

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

The PSMA Programme is a pilot programme which supports analytical staff working in policing to...
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Remote-by-Default Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Theme: ARC - Public Health

A research project to investigate how to ensure the delivery of effective care accessed remotely...
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Research Projects