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Stroke patients to be admitted to hospitals with 24/7 specialist stroke care

Posted on January 24th 2019
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Stroke patients to be admitted to hospitals with 24/7 specialist stroke care

Stroke is a very serious medical emergency and expert care needs to be rapidly accessed in order to guarantee the best outcome for the patient. To ensure this, specialist health centres are necessary to manage patient flow 24/7, and research conducted by PenCLAHRC’s Health Services Modelling team has identified the optimal number and locations for stroke services such as thrombolysis and thrombectomy, across England.

As a direct result of operational research carried out by PenCLAHRC's PenCHORD team, the NHS Long Term Plan published in January 2019 has proposed that stroke services may be restructured over the next five years, with sustainability and transformation programmes and integrated care systems reconfiguring stroke services...

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Malcolm's journey: From no medical science, to science citizen

Posted on January 22nd 2019
in PenCLAHRC people

Malcolm's journey: From no medical science, to science citizen

Peninsula Public Involvement Group (PenPIG) member, Malcolm, has recently embarked on a journey to become a Cochrane Citizen Scientist. According to Cochrane, ‘Citizen Scientists’ play an important role in the research community and ‘help identify the evidence needed to make informed healthcare decisions.’ For Malcolm, becoming a ‘Citizen Scientist’ was an obvious choice due to his experience and background.

Throughout his lifetime, like many of us, Malcolm has witnessed his friends and family endure multiple health complications. His experiences sparked an interest in medical research, and he soon found himself on various boards and groups; from leading health walks for his...

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Helping ‘underperforming’ doctors get back up to scratch – review to explore medical remediation

Posted on January 15th 2019
in Research Funding

Helping ‘underperforming’ doctors get back up to scratch – review to explore medical remediation

Estimates suggest that 6% of doctors in the hospital workforce may be performing below the standard that is expected of them at any time. While serious cases will see doctors struck off, there are others where a doctor could benefit from help via a process called remediation.

Dr Nicola Brennan from the University of Plymouth is leading a review to explore if and how remediation programmes work for practising doctors and – as training a doctor costs around £500,000 to the UK taxpayer – how these processes might be improved in order to retain talent, save money for the NHS and...

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Study finds that probiotics can help improve pain experienced by children with recurrent abdominal pain

Posted on January 10th 2019
in Project update

Study finds that probiotics can help improve pain experienced by children with recurrent abdominal pain

PenCLAHRC researchers have published further findings from their review of the use of probiotics for the management of recurrent abdominal pain in children.

Recurrent abdominal pain is the second commonest reason for seeing a paediatrician after asthma. Affected children can be deeply distressed, and can often miss out on school and social activities.  

PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team member, Dr Rebecca Abbott and University of Exeter researchers, Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado and Dr Alice Martin, brought together the research from recent updated Cochrane reviews in a clinical evidence review for JAMA Pediatrics.

They found that after three months of taking probiotics, in particular Lactobacillus...

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Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

Posted on January 9th 2019
in Project update, Uncategorised

Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

 

 

Researchers who specialise in optimising health services worked with health trusts to produce evidence that secured £8 million in funding for a new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.

The new ward, which will be operated by Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT), will reduce the number of placements that have to be made away from Devon, keeping people closer to home for their care and treatment.

The research, which involved University of Exeter academics, was supported by PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), PenCLAHRC's operational research team. 

PenCHORD is a group of specialists that help healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients...

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