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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...Read more
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...Read more
Care Under Pressure – a project led by the University of Exeter has developed guidance and recommendations to optimise strategies to tackle mental ill-health in doctors and medical students. This work is particularly relevant now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Jason Hancock Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist with Devon Partnership NHS Trust said: ”In the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding and developing interventions, both at the level of the individual and the wider workplace, that can support doctors wellbeing is absolutely crucial if we are to ensure that we have a functioning and sustainable workforce”.
The growing pressures, demands and challenges of a doctor’s...Read more
As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Cornwall, Devon and
Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, PenCLAHRC
work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to
identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns
of the health service in the South West.
To illustrate how this works in practice, we’ve highlighted some work carried out in collaboration with Livewell South West.
Livewell South West is a recognised provider of integrated health and social care services operating across Devon and parts of Cornwall and prides itself on being forward-thinking when it comes to providing care. Our Operational...Read more
As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, we aim to work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns of the health service in the South West.
Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) provide a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs in Devon, the wider South West region, and nationally. PenCLAHRC have collaborated with the Trust on a number of projects with the aim to advance the delivery of high quality services.
Commenting on...Read more
The National Health Service (NHS) needs healthy, motivated doctors to provide high quality care for patients. Unfortunately, being a doctor is a challenging job in a pressurised work environment, so doctors are more likely to suffer from mental ill-health than other working adults.
A recent survey of doctors who were members of the organisation Medical Protection suggested that 85% had experienced mental health issues, including stress (75%), anxiety (49%), depression (32%) and suicidal feelings (13%). In November 2015, the Head of Thought Leadership at the King’s Fund said stress levels among NHS staff are “astonishingly high”.
When they become ill, doctors...Read more
Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown. Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school.
The analysis by a team led by Professor Tamsin Ford of responses from over 5,000 school-aged children, their parents and their teachers, found that children with learning difficulties and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism spectrum conditions were more likely to be excluded from the classroom.
The study is...Read more
A large research study from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, supported by PenCLAHRC, has revealed that older people are not being referred for mental health support as frequently as their younger counterparts, despite achieving better outcomes when they are referred.
The study is published today (Tuesday 6th June 2017) in the British Journal of General Practice.
The research was conducted as part of the South West of England Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Evaluation Project commissioned by the former South West Strategic Health Authority.
The researchers analysed over 80,000 mental health treatments in South West England as part of the IAPT...Read more
A team from PenCLAHRC and the University of Exeter, in collaboration with clinicians from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health at University College London, have been awarded a grant of £285,000 to carry out a study which aims to improve the understanding of the best ways to support children and young people with long term physical health conditions. Many young people experience feelings of depression and anxiety, as a result of their physical condition, and display disruptive behaviour, which in turn can cause problems for the treatment and management of their condition.
The project, funded by the...Read more
PenCLAHRC Deputy Director, Professor Richard Byng, was the subject of this week's Sunday Essay in the Western Morning News.
In the piece, featured in the Sunday 27th July edition of the paper, Professor Byng discusses his research into the mental health of offenders and former offenders, in particular the Care for Offenders (COCOA) project, which reviewed the healthcare received by offenders across the prison system. He also discussed his recent work on the Engager project, seeks to develop an integrated approach to organising care for those preparing to leave prison. This innovative project includes ex-offenders as peer researchers in the research...Read more