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£2.5 million to study group treatment programme for people with severe obesity

Posted on September 25th 2020
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£2.5 million to study group treatment programme for people with severe obesity

Photo credit World Obesity Federation

A team of researchers has been awarded nearly £2.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

PenARC researchers will work with colleagues at the University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Plymouth, the NHS, patients and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU), to investigate whether an intensive group-based behavioural programme called PROGROUP is less costly and more effective than usual care for people with severe obesity, and can save money.

The research, which arose from PenARC's question prioritisation process, involves the Plymouth and West Devon Weight Management Service which is provided by Livewell Southwest...

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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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