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PenARC are pleased to invite, in partnership with The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health, applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship. The studentship will be based in the Health Statistics Group in the College of Medicine and Health at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter. The PhD is on statistical aspects of the design, conduct and data analysis of cluster randomised controlled trials in health research.
Cluster randomised trials are studies in which clusters of individuals are allocated to the trial arms and outcomes are measured on participants associated with those clusters. The clusters may be areas (e.g. villages), organisations...Read more
DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award
A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio 4s PM programme featuring a collaborative project between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth (funded by Economic and Social Research Council and supported by PenARC), has been shortlisted for an award at the Mind Mental Health awards. Held annually, the awards recognise and celebrate the best possible representations of mental health across TV, radio, print and online media.
Nominated in the radio category, the series, Antidepressant Withdrawal, features the work of the DE-STRESS project. The series came about after an initial report by Sarah Vine generated a huge response from...Read more
PenARC and the University of Exeter are collaborating with universities and charities across the UK in a £2.2 million project. The project aims to improve how researchers and health and social care services use data to improve the care and quality of life for care home residents, families and staff.
The four-year National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study, led by the University of Hertfordshire, will address the need to develop robust systems to support how different services and individuals (e.g. care staff, NHS professionals, family, regulators, social services) work together for residents’ benefit.
‘Developing research resources and minimum data set...Read more
Do you want to help drive innovative use of data science, deep learning, and operational research in real world health service problems? Then this could be the perfect job for you.Our operational research team, PenCHORD, are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow (depending on qualifications and experience) to support the work of the multi-disciplinary team, based in Exeter. PenCHORD use data science and operational research (OR) methods to improve health service provision with a focus on the South West of England but with national and international applicability.... Read more
In a time when people are living longer, but with more complex healthcare needs, GPs are increasingly using social prescribing to help manage conditions.
The practice involves prescribing non-medical, community or social activities via a link worker – and the current UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has stated that social prescribing is a priority and will be available in every GP practice by 2024.
But researchers agree there is not enough evidence on what works, for whom and why. Now a new study by the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter has started to shed light on...Read more
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Research Fellow to join the Community and Primary Care Research Group within the Faculty of Heath: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences. Research in this group is conducted through the involvement of practitioners, and the public, who are instrumental in helping to develop focused research questions and in designing projects.
The Community and Primary Care Reserach Group are looking for a post-doctoral researcher with experience of researching social prescribing, person-centred care and/or integrated health and social care systems, with a particular focus on engaging with the voluntary sector. The ideal candidate would demonstrate excellent communication and relationship building...Read more
Domestic violence and abuse is devastating and impacts the whole family, not just the person who is the focus of the abuse. But children can often be hidden victims or fail to get appropriate support. Research shows that only half of children affected by domestic violence and abuse are known to social services and only 42 per cent receive support from a specialist abuse service. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the South West is driving forward ground-breaking research to understand the experiences and needs of children affected by domestic violence and abuse and looking at innovative ways...Read more
Today marks the start of a new era of health research in the South West as PenCLAHRC relaunches as a NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC). But what exactly is an ARC?
The ARC programme is a NIHR-funded network of research collaborations across England established in order to support applied health and care research, and to respond to and meet the needs of local populations and health care providers. The funding is part of a £135 million investment in health research aimed at tackling the biggest challenges the health and care system faces over the next five years.
The successor to the CLAHRC programme,...Read more
New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic attainment regardless of age or socio-economic status.
The study, commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation and supported by PenCLAHRC, was conducted by the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and highlights areas of promise for how schools and early years settings can support parents to improve their children’s learning.
The report showed that for school-aged children, home-school partnership is hugely important – especially where schools personalise communications about a child’s progress and make them accessible, for example, through text messages.
The study also highlighted how family literacy interventions can help to boost younger...Read more
Dr Barbara Vann has been appointed chair of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South West Peninsula (also known as PenARC) Management Board. A University of Exeter Honorary Graduate, Dr Vann will take up the role at the launch of PenARC in October 2019 when the current CLAHRC round draws to a close.
PenCLAHRC director, Professor Stuart Logan said: ‘We are enormously pleased that Dr Vann has agreed to take on the role of chairperson of the PenARC Management Board as we embark on our next, exciting iteration as an ARC. We look forward to working with her and extend a...Read more