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A collaboration between PenARC, the University of Exeter and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is making a major contribution to the management of dialysis services in the south of England during the COVID-19 outbreak.
People requiring renal replacement therapy are particularly
vulnerable to COVID-19 and rely on essential treatment,
necessitating travel to treatment centres. This accounts for a
significant volume of non-emergency ambulance transport.
PenARC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, in conjunction with researchers from the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) at the University of Exeter and the renal department at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, used computer modelling to...
Domestic violence and abuse is devastating and impacts the whole family, not just the person who is the focus of the abuse. But children can often be hidden victims or fail to get appropriate support. Research shows that only half of children affected by domestic violence and abuse are known to social services and only 42 per cent receive support from a specialist abuse service. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the South West is driving forward ground-breaking research to understand the experiences and needs of children affected by domestic violence and abuse and looking at innovative ways...Read more
A 'how-to' guide to help accelerate the spread of ‘game-changing’ mechanical thrombectomy (MT) emergency treatment for acute stroke has been launched by national stroke experts.
The NHS Long Term Plan identifies stroke as a clinical priority; stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth largest cause of death in the UK. The plan sets out an aim to deliver a ten-fold increase in thrombectomy so that 1,600 more people are independent following stroke.
There is overwhelming evidence that mechanical blood clot removal (known as mechanical thrombectomy or MT) for the treatment of ischaemic stroke due to large artery occlusion (blockage of one...Read more
Within low-income communities, use of antidepressant medication is relatively high, but current strategies tend to frame mental distress as an individual psychological problem, rather than addressing the factors that are often the root causes of suffering.
Now a PenCLAHRC supported project, DE-STRESS, sets out to research how welfare reforms and austerity affect the treatment of mental health in low income communities. The team’s research will help to inform a stated government aim to reduce health inequalities amongst vulnerable groups by examining the connections between mental health, housing, employment and the criminal justice system.
Hear Dr Felicity Thomas and Professor Richard Byng of...Read more
Pioneering work by Professor Martin James, a senior NHS clinician for stroke services in Exeter and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, including PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, has been incorporated in proposals to improve stroke care for patients in Northern Ireland.
Every year, there are almost 3,000 stroke-related hospital admissions in Northern Ireland and more than 1,000 people die from stroke. Stroke services in Northern Ireland, as with other parts of the UK, struggle to meet national standards in a number of areas.
NHS Guidelines in England recommend that when reconfiguring stroke services, patients should ideally...Read more
A new rehabilitation programme, which helps heart failure patients achieve better quality of life from the comfort of their own homes will now be rolled out at four NHS centres across the UK.
Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
South West Peninsular
(PenCLAHRC) supported Research has found that the Rehabilitation Enablement in CHronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF) programme, developed by a collaboration led by the University of Exeter and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS trust, significantly improved quality of life. Rehabilitation is also linked to better health outcomes for patients. Last month, a new study concluded that the Reach-HF programme is...
The first phase of The Supporting Teachers And childRen in Schools (STARS) programme, a randomised trial to look at the effectiveness of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (IY - TCM) project, has come to a close with the publication of the final report. Now researchers at PenCLAHRC are looking for 140 schools across Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton to take part in the second phase.
Begun in 2012 and involving over 80 schools across Devon, the STARS project looked at how teaching methods can impact youngsters’ behaviour and help to create a positive learning environment through the implementation of the IY...Read more
A trial to uncover which epilepsy treatment approach works best for children and their families has been launched to coincide with Purple Day, an international family-focused epilepsy awareness day.
The nationwide Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Childhood Epilepsy (CASTLE) trial is led by Professor Deb Pal from King’s College London and Professor Paul Gringras from the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, with a key preparation study led by Professor Chris Morris of the University of Exeter Medical School’s Peninsula Childhood Disability Unit in collaboration with PenCLAHRC’s Evidence Synthesis Team.
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NHIR), CASTLE is...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more