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Operational Research to help improve patients’ experience of mental health services in the South West

Posted on September 22nd 2020
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Operational Research to help improve patients’ experience of mental health services in the South West

Computer modelling is helping to develop a tool that supports decision-making for patients and clinicians when accessing Mental Health Services. The tool, developed by PenARC's Operational Research team PenCHORD, sets out to provide a clear picture of a patient’s service use history to help identify the most effective next steps in a patient’s treatment plan.

Experiencing mental health issues can lead patients to access a range of services by a variety of routes. This can mean that patients don't always receive the most effective treatment at the most appropriate time and result in increased costs for hospital Trusts. Traditionally, data that reflects the way...

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NIHR ARCs awarded £13.125 million to fund key national research priorities

Posted on September 8th 2020
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NIHR ARCs awarded £13.125 million to fund key national research priorities

The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs) have secured £13.125 million to develop key research programmes over the next three years.

The NIHR, the nation’s largest funder of health and care research, invited proposals from the 15 newly formed NIHR ARCs to lead applied research in national priority areas to help solve the most pressing issues facing health and social care today. ARCs are collaborations between universities, health and social care providers, commissioners, charities and local authorities.

Successful ARCs have been awarded £1.875 million to lead a consortium of ARCs working with patients and service users to develop better...

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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

Posted on August 27th 2020
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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

More than 90 per cent of shoulder replacement implants last more than ten years, according to the largest study of its kind.

The study, led by the University of Exeter and NIHR PenARC and published in The Lancet Rheumatology examined data on nearly 18,000 people who have had shoulder replacements, an increasingly common procedure.

The study found that at ten years, more than 90 per cent of shoulder replacements were still working well, and that patients continued to report that the operation had benefitted them.

Jon Evans, Orthopaedic Registrar and NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the...

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Research project attracts £750,000 funding to support remote GP care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on August 6th 2020
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Research project attracts £750,000 funding to support remote GP care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

A joint project between the Universities of Oxford and Plymouth has received £750,000 of funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to support the delivery of effective remote care to patients by GPs. The research team, which includes PenARC Deputy Director and Professor in Primary Care Research Richard Byng and researchers from the Nuffield Trust, is led by Professor Trisha Greenhalgh from the University of Oxford.

The way that patients access GP services has changed dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the contagious nature of the disease, with many services moving online and patients more likely to arrange and...

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ADHD services map reveals major gaps in care, failing the vulnerable

Posted on August 3rd 2020
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ADHD services map reveals major gaps in care, failing the vulnerable

New research has called for urgent action after creating a map that identifies gaps in services for adults with ADHD across the UK, leaving vulnerable people struggling to access vital support and treatment.

Research led by the University of Exeter, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry Open, has led to the first national map of ADHD service provision, based on responses to a survey completed by more than 2,600 respondents. The NIHR-funded research found huge variation in available care, patchy provision of dedicated ADHD services, and variation in the reports of services between people with ADHD, service users and health workers. Now,...

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Innovative HSMA training programme makes virtual return

Posted on July 29th 2020
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Innovative HSMA training programme makes virtual return

Following on from two hugely successful rounds of PenARC's Health Service Modelling Associate Programme (HSMA), HSMA 3 will launch on October 1st, this time with an extended level of one-to-one support as the programme moves online.

The training programme, run by PenCHORD, PenARC's Operational Research team, is a scheme in which NHS staff are released one day a week for a year to undertake a computer modelling, simulation or data science project that addresses issues of importance for their organisation.

Since its inception in 2016, HSMA projects have led to multi-million pound investments in new mental health facilities in Devon, support for business cases to increase stroke bed...

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PenARC research teams help to secure £430,000 Government funding to study COVID-19 nursing care

Posted on July 23rd 2020
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PenARC research teams help to secure £430,000 Government funding to study COVID-19 nursing care

A University of Exeter-led national research team, including PenARC's Evidence Synthesis and Patient and Public Involvement in Research teams, are researching nursing care for patients in hospital with COVID-19. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the team will evaluate a system of nursing care designed specifically for COVID patients in a large clinical trial across the UK.

Nursing is hugely important to people in hospital. Nursing care makes a significant difference to the way people experience being in hospital and to their recovery. For people with COVID-19, their symptoms and the infectiousness of the...

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PenARC receives £1.85 Million to Fund Children's Health and Maternity Research

Posted on July 6th 2020
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Child walking

PenARC and colleagues from ARC Yorkshire and Humber have been awarded £1.85 million from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to lead a national collaboration to develop a research programme in Children’s Health and Maternity.

The aim of the funding is to use evidence to improve health outcomes in childhood and maternal health across the country, working with service users, charities and professional groups to identify key areas where evidence can help to improve public health and services in health and social care. 

PenARC Director Professor Stuart Logan said:

 “I am delighted to be part of this successful collaboration, which will be tackling some...

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Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Medical Statistics (2 posts)

Posted on July 2nd 2020
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Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Medical Statistics (2 posts)

PenARC and the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG) would like to recruit for two positions based in the College of Medicine and Health at the University of Exeter. These positions are each 50% FTE, which can either be recruited to as one full-time position or two part-time positions.

These posts are available immediately on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2022.

 

Summary of the positions PenTAG post

The Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG) wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medical Statistics to support statistical aspects of clinical and cost effectiveness as part of health technology assessment projects; project management and leadership. 

As the...

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Reorganising dialysis services during the COVID-19 outbreak

Posted on June 30th 2020
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Dialysis

A collaboration between PenARC, the University of Exeter and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is making a major contribution to the management of dialysis services in the south of England during the COVID-19 outbreak.

People requiring renal replacement therapy are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and rely on essential treatment, necessitating travel to treatment centres. This accounts for a significant volume of non-emergency ambulance transport.

PenARC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, in conjunction with researchers from the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) at the University of Exeter and the renal department at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, used computer modelling to...

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