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'Why physical activity matters more than ever'

Posted on December 1st 2020
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Jogger running on open road
Professor of Health Service Research, Adrian Taylor, discusses motivation, exercise schemes, and the future impact on the NHS

Physical inactivity, which results in conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, low mood, and high blood pressure, costs the NHS over £455 million every year – and the contribution to excess morbidity and mortality since the COVID pandemic have still to be calculated.

Exercise not only helps people with long-term conditions better manage their health but also boosts the immune system. So how can we support more people to be physically active?

It’s not just about putting on different sessions and telling people...

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Dementia expert takes 'dementia friendly' message to 10 Downing Street

Posted on October 13th 2020
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Dementia expert takes 'dementia friendly' message to 10 Downing Street

A PenARC colleague has met the Prime Minister to ask for his backing to help local councils become ‘dementia friendly’.

Ian Sherriff BEM, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia in the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Health, travelled to Number 10 with fellow Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, journalist, and TV presenter Angela Rippon.

Ian, a leading figure in dementia policy and research nationally and internationally, discussed his work to make life easier for people with the condition, including a recent project with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

Earlier this year, Ian and N.A.L.C  surveyed all 10,000 local (parish and town) councils to find out what...

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October 2020 Newsletter

Posted on October 8th 2020
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October 2020 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter, with news of our continued COVID-related activities, the launch of our new collaborative research programme in Children's Health and Maternity and our third, and largest, cohort of Health Service Modelling Associates is out now!

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Mental Health Facility at Torbay Hospital begins construction

Posted on October 6th 2020
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(L-R) Melanie Walker, Chief Executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust; Doug Lloyd from Kier and Andy Willis, Chair of Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

The construction of a new £11.8 million Mental Health facility, supported by research undertaken as part of our Health Services Modelling Associates Programme (HSMA), has begun at Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s (DPT) Torbay Hospital.

The scheme, which will reduce the need for patients to travel outside of Devon for treatment, will create a unit on two floors providing a ward with 16 en-suite bedrooms, treatment and therapy rooms and offices.

The HSMA programme is an annual scheme that helps health service employees across the South West to use data modelling to tackle a work-based research project to solve a specific issue or...

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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 PRO-GROUP 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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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

Posted on August 27th 2020
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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

More than 90 per cent of shoulder replacement implants last more than ten years, according to the largest study of its kind.

The study, led by the University of Exeter and NIHR PenARC and published in The Lancet Rheumatology examined data on nearly 18,000 people who have had shoulder replacements, an increasingly common procedure.

The study found that at ten years, more than 90 per cent of shoulder replacements were still working well, and that patients continued to report that the operation had benefitted them.

Jon Evans, Orthopaedic Registrar and NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the...

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Research project attracts £750,000 funding to support remote GP care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on August 6th 2020
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Research project attracts £750,000 funding to support remote GP care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

A joint project between the Universities of Oxford and Plymouth and supported by us and our colleagues at ARC Oxford and Thames Valley has received £750,000 of funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to support the delivery of effective remote care to patients by GPs. The research team, which includes our Deputy Director and Professor in Primary Care Research Richard Byng and researchers from the Nuffield Trust, is led by Professor Trisha Greenhalgh from the University of Oxford.

The way that patients access GP services has changed dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the contagious nature of the...

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ADHD services map reveals major gaps in care, failing the vulnerable

Posted on August 3rd 2020
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ADHD services map reveals major gaps in care, failing the vulnerable

New research has called for urgent action after creating a map that identifies gaps in services for adults with ADHD across the UK, leaving vulnerable people struggling to access vital support and treatment.

Research led by the University of Exeter, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry Open, has led to the first national map of ADHD service provision, based on responses to a survey completed by more than 2,600 respondents. The NIHR-funded research found huge variation in available care, patchy provision of dedicated ADHD services, and variation in the reports of services between people with ADHD, service users and health workers. Now,...

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