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Archive for March, 2016

Launch of PenCHORD Health Service Modelling Associates Programme

Posted on March 24th 2016
in Training

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In April 2016, PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, successfully welcomed the first cohort onto their new Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Programme. The scheme, which runs for 12 months, aims to increase the impact of operational research within the NHS across the South West and will see the selected associates undertake advanced modelling within their own NHS organisations.

The modelling associates are:

  • Alaric Moore, Performance Improvement Manager at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).
  • Hannah Trebilcock, Clinical Audit Officer at South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Joe Turner, Information Analyst at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.
  • Karl Vile, Operational Manager at Devon Partnership...
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Self-harming youngsters put at risk by 'cycle of shame'

Posted on March 11th 2016
in Project update

Accident and emergency sign

A PenCLAHRC-supported study has found that young people who self-harm only seek emergency hospital care as a last resort due to a deep sense of shame and unworthiness.

The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, shows that young people who self-harm avoid Accident and Emergency departments wherever possible. They say they have received punitive treatment from staff, and these experiences perpetuate a cycle of shame, avoidance and further self-harm. 

Dr Christabel Owens and co-authors Lorraine Hansford, Professor Tamsin Ford, and Dr Siobhan Sharkey, found that young people who self-harm visit A&E only when their injuries are too serious to manage...

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