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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.
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.
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.
|Complex Care||Professor Richard Byng|
|Dementia||Professor Linda Clare|
|Mental Health||Professor Chris Dickens|
|Public Health||Professor Ken Stein|
|Methods for Research and Improvement|
13 October 2020
A PenARC colleague has met the Prime Minister to ask for his
backing to help...
08 October 2020
Our latest newsletter, with news of our continued COVID-related
activities, the launch of our new...
06 October 2020
The construction of a new £11.8 million Mental Health facility,
supported by research undertaken as...
Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement
The PSMA Programme is a pilot programme which supports analytical
staff working in policing to...
Theme: ARC - Public Health
A research project to investigate how to ensure the delivery of
effective care accessed remotely...