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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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10

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South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

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News

PenARC welcomes new PhD students

18 February 2020

Our PhD studentships are linked to PenARC project and priority areas and are an important...
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Groundbreaking role for operational research in NHS decision-making

12 February 2020

A pioneering collaboration between PenARC and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) has led to...
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Celebrating ten years of Patient and Public Involvement in research

10 February 2020

(L to R: Tanya Hynd, Dr Kristin Liabo, Professor Nicky Britten, Kate Boddy, Dr Emma...
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Research Projects

The Exeter Care Homes and Knowledge (ExCHANGE) Collaboration

Theme: ARC - Public Health

This project aims to improve the happiness and wellbeing of care home residents through building...
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Research Projects