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PenARC welcomes new PhD students

Posted on February 18th 2020
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PenARC welcomes new PhD students

Our PhD studentships are linked to PenARC project and priority areas and are an important area of capacity development to ensure the continued availability of research staff in the longer term. Students undertake research projects while being offered the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from our experienced researchers. As PenARC sets sail on its new five year research cycle we welcome aboard a new cohort of PhD students.

The new studentships reach across our research themes;

PhD: The implementation of integrated psychological medicine services in Devon: An ethnography of change Theme: Mental Health

Sara Eddy’s research is investigating the implementation of an integrated psychological medicine service in Devon to provide both...

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Groundbreaking role for operational research in NHS decision-making

Posted on February 12th 2020
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Groundbreaking role for operational research in NHS decision-making

A pioneering collaboration between PenARC and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) has led to the establishment of a new post at UHP using operational research to support the Trust’s decision-making processes – the first of its kind in the South West.

Operational Research (OR) uses innovative modelling techniques and data science to help healthcare providers like UHP predict how changes to services will affect patients and staff. Using modelling to simulate real-life situations can help decision-makers see how services might be improved.

In the newly-created role of Principal Information Analyst, Simon Philpott will hold responsibility for the strategic direction of modelling...

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Celebrating ten years of Patient and Public Involvement in research

Posted on February 10th 2020
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Celebrating ten years of Patient and Public Involvement in research

(L to R: Tanya Hynd, Dr Kristin Liabo, Professor Nicky Britten, Kate Boddy, Dr Emma Cockroft)

As January drew to a close our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team were in celebratory mood as they, together with PenARC’s Patient Involvement Group (PenPIG), invited patients, carers, members of the public and researchers to come together to look back over ten years of working together and to talk about their hopes for involvement as PenARC begins a new, five year research cycle.

Before attendees could pin a wish on the Tree of Involvement, help to build a Lego Ark from the colourful pile of...

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