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Social prescribing – who does it work for and why?

Posted on October 10th 2019
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 Social prescribing – who does it work for and why?

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...

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Research Fellow - Researcher in Residence (RiR) - Social Prescribing

Posted on October 7th 2019
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Research Fellow - Researcher in Residence (RiR) - Social Prescribing

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...

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Domestic violence and abuse: how NIHR research is helping families in the South West

Posted on October 3rd 2019
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Domestic violence and abuse: how NIHR research is helping families in the South West

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...

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Goodbye PenCLAHRC, Hello PenARC: The next episode of health research in the South West

Posted on October 1st 2019
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Goodbye PenCLAHRC, Hello PenARC: The next episode of health research in the South West

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,...

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Research shows parental involvement plays key role in children's academic attainment

Posted on September 18th 2019
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Research shows parental involvement plays key role in children's academic attainment

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...

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Management Board Chair appointed at start of new era of Health Research in the Southwest

Posted on August 28th 2019
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Management Board Chair appointed at start of new era of Health Research in the Southwest

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...

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Job Opportunity: Senior Research Fellow PenARC

Posted on August 15th 2019
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Job Opportunity: Senior Research Fellow PenARC

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Research Fellow with expertise in qualitative methods and health services research to join the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences at The University of Plymouth.

Based in the Community and Primary Care Research Group this is an opportunity to develop and lead a programme of research and implementation within the National Institute for Health Research's Peninsula Applied Research Collaboration (PenARC). working locally and nationally with leading academics, key stakeholders and communities.

An important part of the role will be to build on opportunities and partnerships with leading health services researchers across the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter as...

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Job Opportunity: Implementation Science Research Associate/Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow

Posted on August 7th 2019
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Job Opportunity: Implementation Science Research Associate/Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow

Do you have a passion for Implementation Science, Knowledge Mobilisation and Health Research? Then we have a fantastic opportunity to join the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South West Peninsula (PenARC) Implementation Science Group. This is a chance to work on a range of existing and new projects and to play an active role in identifying new topic areas for development.

Understanding how to put effective health care into practice is a crucial link in the chain to improve the population’s health. Implementation Science helps to provide this link by drawing on a range of research methods.

This post will be funded from the NIHR ARC...

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

Posted on July 31st 2019
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MArtin James, stroke consultant

A 'how-to' guide to help accelerate the spread of ‘game-changing’ mechanical thrombectomy (MT) emergency treatment for acute stroke has been launched by national stroke experts.

The NHS Long Term Plan identifies stroke as a clinical priority; stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth largest cause of death in the UK. The plan sets out an aim to deliver a ten-fold increase in thrombectomy so that 1,600 more people are independent following stroke.

There is overwhelming evidence that mechanical blood clot removal (known as mechanical thrombectomy or MT) for the treatment of ischaemic stroke due to large artery occlusion (blockage of one...

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Fully Funded Dementia Research PhD Studentship Opportunity

Posted on July 18th 2019
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Fully Funded Dementia Research PhD Studentship Opportunity

The University of Exeter is fast becoming recognised for world-class dementia research. As a global top 100 university with over 100 researchers working in dementia, we have the expertise to make a real impact in this escalating world health challenge.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula at the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship: Non-pharmacological interventions for dementia behaviours: developing and evaluating a ‘living’ evidence and gap map, Institute of Health Research - PhD (Funded) Ref: 3600

For eligible students the studentship will...

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