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‘Robopets’ may be beneficial for care home residents

Posted on May 15th 2019
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‘Robopets’ may be beneficial for care home residents

Robotic pets that respond to human interaction can benefit the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes, a study has found, attracting national and regional media coverage and an assurance from Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage that the government “are investing £98 million to develop innovative new products – like robopets – services and treatments” for an ageing population.

Researchers found evidence that ‘robopets’ can provide pleasure and joy, reduce agitation and loneliness and increase feelings of comfort and safety in those living in care homes. Funded by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South...

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2019 PhD Studentships Announced

Posted on May 10th 2019
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2019 PhD Studentships Announced

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula at the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health is inviting applications for four fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in October 2019. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. Students will be based in South Cloisters in the College of Medicine and Health at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter.

PhD studentships are linked to project and priority areas. As...

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Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland

Posted on April 8th 2019
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Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland

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...

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Successful home-based heart rehabilitation programme rolled out

Posted on April 8th 2019
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Successful home-based heart rehabilitation programme rolled out

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...

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STARS launches second phase of Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme

Posted on April 4th 2019
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STARS launches second phase of Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme

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...

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'You can make a difference just by sharing your story' - PenPIG member co-authors Research Paper

Posted on April 3rd 2019
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'You can make a difference just by sharing your story' -  PenPIG member co-authors Research Paper

When Andrea Shelley arrives to talk about her patient and public involvement (PPI) journey, her willingness to contribute is apparent from the get-go. ‘To share what you’ve been through is key to making the NHS work’ she says, fresh from a session volunteering at the local arts centre on her day off from a demanding, public-facing, role. ‘I started out with PenPIG (PenCLAHRC’s Patient Involvement Group) two years ago. I went to meetings, heard things and had no idea what was going on. I was confident in my voice, in my experience, but I wasn’t confident in asking questions’. Invited...

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CASTLE trial launch coincides with Purple day.

Posted on March 26th 2019
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CASTLE trial launch coincides with Purple day.

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...

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National Lottery Community Fund boost to Exeter health research

Posted on March 25th 2019
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Healthy Parent Craers logo in green and blue

The health and wellbeing of parent carers is often overlooked. But now, with a funding boost of nearly £40,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund, a peer-led support programme for parents of disabled children in communities across the southwest is set to be further extended.

The Healthy Parent Carers programme for parent carers of disabled children (aged up to 25 years) provides information about small steps that can be taken every day to improve health and wellbeing using the acronym CLANGERS (Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give, Eat well, Relax and Sleep). Parents are invited to take part in NHS-funded research, led by...

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Persistent sore throat could be larynx cancer warning

Posted on March 18th 2019
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 Persistent sore throat could be larynx cancer warning

A study of more than 800 patients diagnosed with cancer of the larynx has found more than a five per cent risk of cancer from a persistent sore throat when combined with other apparently low-level symptoms. Led by the University of Exeter and co-authored by Professor Willie Hamilton, of the University of Exeter Medical School, the study suggests that GPs should consider larynx cancer when patients report a persistent sore throat when combined with shortness of breath, problems swallowing or earache.

Professor Hamilton says “This research matters – when NICE guidance for cancer investigation was published there was no evidence from...

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Child anxiety could be factor in school absences, research concludes

Posted on February 28th 2019
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Child anxiety could be factor in school absences, research concludes

New Exeter Medical School research, supported by PenCLAHRC and the Wellcome Trust, has found a link between school absence and anxiety. The comprehensive, international review of data -  the first of its kind - took place over an 18 month period and drew on the collaboration of a broad team of researchers, from medical students to statisticians, child psychiatrists to evidence synthesists. The team performed an exhaustive systematic review to investigate the relationship between anxiety and poor school attendance, including excused and unexcused absence. The second paper to be published from this research, it suggests that children with anxiety miss...

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