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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

Dr Iain Lang 
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
and Lead for Communications

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Dr Jo Day
Research Fellow

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Dr Krystal Warmoth
Research Fellow

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Charlotte Hewlett
Research Manager

Email Charlotte

Dr Sarah Brand
Senior Research Fellow

Email Sarah

Kath Wilkinson
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email Kath


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


Searching and Review Clinic

Online appointments via Microsoft Teams

COVID-19 update: Following advice issued to all University of Exeter staff on Monday 16th March to work...
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PPI Advice Clinic - POSTPONED

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

Patient and Public Involvement Advice Clinics Held every month 30 minutes between 12pm-1pm Whatever your query, from finding...
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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

Understanding research priorities for young people with long term health conditions

Theme: ARC - Complex Care

A project to identify and describe, through patient and public involvement activities, the research needs of...
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Getting Up Following a Fall

Theme: ARC - Complex Care

Although there is evidence that falls can be prevented, little attention has been paid to...
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Research Projects