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Goodbye PenCLAHRC, Hello PenARC: The next episode of health research in the South West

Posted on October 1st 2019
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Goodbye PenCLAHRC, Hello PenARC: The next episode of health research in the South West

Today marks the start of a new era of health research in the South West as PenCLAHRC relaunches as a NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC). But what exactly is an ARC?

The ARC programme is a NIHR-funded network of research collaborations across England established in order to support applied health and care research, and to respond to and meet the needs of local populations and health care providers. The funding is part of a £135 million investment in health research aimed at tackling the biggest challenges the health and care system faces over the next five years.

The successor to the CLAHRC programme,...

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Research shows parental involvement plays key role in children's academic attainment

Posted on September 18th 2019
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Research shows parental involvement plays key role in children's academic attainment

New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic attainment regardless of age or socio-economic status.

The study, commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation and supported by PenCLAHRC, was conducted by the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and highlights areas of promise for how schools and early years settings can support parents to improve their children’s learning.

The report showed that for school-aged children, home-school partnership is hugely important – especially where schools personalise communications about a child’s progress and make them accessible, for example, through text messages.

The study also highlighted how family literacy interventions can help to boost younger...

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Management Board Chair appointed at start of new era of Health Research in the Southwest

Posted on August 28th 2019
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Management Board Chair appointed at start of new era of Health Research in the Southwest

Dr Barbara Vann has been appointed chair of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South West Peninsula (also known as PenARC) Management Board. A University of Exeter Honorary Graduate, Dr Vann will take up the role at the launch of PenARC in October 2019 when the current CLAHRC round draws to a close.

PenCLAHRC director, Professor Stuart Logan said: ‘We are enormously pleased that Dr Vann has agreed to take on the role of chairperson of the PenARC Management Board as we embark on our next, exciting iteration as an ARC. We look forward to working with her and extend a...

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'How-to' guide launched to speed up spread of ‘game-changing’ stroke treatment

Posted on July 31st 2019
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MArtin James, stroke consultant

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...

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PenCLAHRC successful in application to become a designated and funded NIHR Applied Research Collaboration

Posted on July 11th 2019
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PenCLAHRC successful in application to become a designated and funded NIHR Applied Research Collaboration

PenCLAHRC are delighted to be able to announce success in their bid to become a funded and designated NIHR Applied Research Collaboration.

In 2018 The NIHR launched a new competition to designate and fund NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs), a new approach to the NIHR CLAHRCs of previous years. PenCLAHRC submitted their application to the NIHR to secure designation and funding for five years as an NIHR ARC in autumn 2018, and are now able to confirm the success of their application.

The new funding is part of a £135 million government investment in health research aimed at tackling the biggest challenges the health and care...

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Professor Tamsin Ford awarded CBE for services to psychiatry

Posted on June 17th 2019
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Professor Tamsin Ford awarded CBE for services to psychiatry

Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter Medical School has been awarded a CBE for services to psychiatry in the 2019 Queen’s birthday honours list. Professor Ford has played an instrumental role in helping to improve health services and schools across the UK and advised Ofsted about mental health in relation to their new education inspection framework. Her work has been cited in recent health and education policy documents and is regularly cited in government.

Since 2010 Professor Ford has led a PenCLAHRC supported project, Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools (STARS), now in its...

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Leading Plymouth University Dementia champion awarded British Empire Medal

Posted on June 10th 2019
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Leading Plymouth University Dementia champion awarded British Empire Medal

Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the University of Plymouth and founder member of the Plymouth University Dementia Group has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. A leading figure in dementia care and research and ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, Ian’s award has been made in recognition of his services to people affected by dementia.

Ian, whose role within Alzheimer’s Society sees him travel the country to work with people to become Dementia Friends, said: “I’m completely blown away by the honour, and it’s a testament to the hard work of everyone involved...

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How to improve outcomes for children and young people with long term conditions – the evidence is in

Posted on June 5th 2019
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Children and young people suffering with long term physical conditions can find anxiety and depression impacting on their lives and on those around them. Now a systematic review, led by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula’s (PenCLAHRC) Evidence Synthesis Team has found that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) might help.

Among a range of findings the team identified evidence of the benefits of CBT for children and young people with inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain and epilepsy. The research, published in the NIHR Journals Library and funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health...

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DE-STRESS Project gains airtime on Radio 4s PM Programme

Posted on June 5th 2019
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DE-STRESS Project gains airtime on Radio 4s PM Programme

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...

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Publication of findings from the National Survey of Local NHS Innovation and Research Needs

Posted on May 20th 2019
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The AHSN Network, NHS England and the NIHR commissioned ComRes to conduct a survey that would provide a detailed understanding of the innovation and research needs at local level across all AHSNs. The findings of this project were used to produce an initial statement of innovation and research needs in each AHSN area - one of the actions in the NHS England and NIHR joint paper on ‘12 actions to support research in the NHS’. 

These statements, alongside the regional and national report findings, will be used to facilitate further discussions at regional level, involving patients and the public and the research community, to...

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