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Archive for October, 2015

Patient-Initiated Clinic project shortlisted for Best Practice Award

Posted on October 29th 2015
in Project update

Patient-Initiated Clinic project shortlisted for Best Practice Award

Following on from its recent media coverage, the PenCLAHRC Patient-Initiated Clinics (PIC) project has been shortlisted by the British Society for Rheumatology in its Best Practice Awards. The project team is working with clinicians and nurses in the Rheumatology team at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth to develop a system which allows people to contact a specialist nurse whenever their condition deteriorates, meaning that they can be offered a face-to-face appointment within two weeks, rather than having to have scheduled appointments every six months, regardless of need. This innovative and patient-led approach has led to the project being recognised in the 'Patient...

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Professor Mary Watkins becomes a member of the House of Lords

Posted on October 21st 2015
in PenCLAHRC people

Photo of Mary Watkins

We are very pleased to be able to congratulate Professor Mary Watkins, Chair of the PenCLAHRC Management Board, who has recently been made a peer in the House of Lords.

Professor Watkins, who has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University and Non-Executive Director at the South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST), has been made a Baroness and will be a cross-bench peer.

Professor Watkins has had a long career as a nurse and her peerage is in recognition of her many years of service in the nursing, education, social enterprise and housing sectors.

Speaking of the peerage, Professor Watkins said:

“I am honoured...

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Transforming teaching - giving teachers the skills to boost pupil performance

Posted on October 12th 2015
in Project update

Teacher with pupils

An inventive research programme is hoping to improve children’s experiences at school by equipping teachers with fresh approaches to classroom management. Led by researchers at PenCLAHRC and involving over 80 schools across Devon, the STARS project is analysing how teaching methods can impact youngsters’ behaviour and help to create a positive learning environment.

Poor social and emotional skills can affect a child‘s academic attainment and mental health, as well as influencing the life chances of all children in a classroom.

Focusing strongly on reinforcing positive behaviour, the STARS (Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools) project is assessing the impact of a teacher...

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