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Implementation Science Group

Who we are | Current projects | Learning, Knowing, Doing seminars

What we do

Understanding how to put effective health care into practice is a crucial link in the chain to improve the population’s health. Implementation Science provides this understanding and draws on a range of research methods, including: mixed-methods, behaviour change, operational research, qualitative research and quality improvement.

Within PenARC, our implementation scientists work across all of our research themes and within three key areas:

  1. Research – developing new projects, supporting emerging projects and obtaining grant funding

  2. Improvement – working collaboratively with partner organisations to support the implementation of evidence-informed change

  3. Capacity-building – increasing the awareness and understanding of implementation science across the South West.

To further improve the contribution implementation science makes toward achieving PenARC's strategic goals, we are focused on:

 Who we are

Kath Maguire

Dr Nick Axford
Implementation Lead
Associate Professor in
Health Services Research

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Dr Jo Day
Research Fellow

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Dr Krystal Warmoth
Research Fellow

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Kath Wilkinson
Postdoctoral Research

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Dr Sarah Brand
Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Iain Lang 
Senior Lecturer in Public

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Charlotte Hewlett
Research Manager

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Learning, Knowing, Doing (LKD) seminar series

To find out more about the LKD seminar series and access past seminar presentations please visit the seminar page.

Current projects

A full list of PenARC projects involving implementation science can be viewed by searching the PenARC project database. A selection of projects we are currently working on are shown below:

PenARC resourced Projects

Care Homes Implementation & Knowledge Mobilisation (CHIK-P)

Health Services Modelling Associates programme evaluation

Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes (STOPPING)  



Past Projects

Collaborative projects

Patient-Centred Coordinated Care (P3C) programme of work 

Analysing Implementation in Acute Stroke and Patient-Initiated Clinics (ASPIC)


Externally-resourced projects                           

Exeter Policing, Evidence, and Research Translation (ExPERT)

Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: a realist review

Dissemination and implementation in dementia care 

APPEAL (Antenatal Preventative Pelvic floor Exercises and Localisation) - Delivery of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Education for Women During Pregnancy





Upcoming Events


PPI Advice Clinic


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Searching and Review Clinic


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'How-to' guide launched to speed up spread of ‘game-changing’ stroke treatment

31 July 2019

A 'how-to' guide to help accelerate the spread of ‘game-changing’ mechanical thrombectomy (MT) emergency treatment...
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Using Implementation Science to drive health care change: The ASPIC project

14 December 2017

Understanding how to put effective health care into practice is an important part of the...
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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