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A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of life for dementia patients and their carers.
Led by the University of Plymouth, the £2.7m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will develop a person-centred package of care in GP surgeries, focused on the introduction of one dementia expert (support worker) to link to the rest of the patient’s clinical team.
The research project is supported by PenCLAHRC and is being managed by Dr Val Mann, Associate Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at...Read more
On Thursday 5th July 2018, the NHS turned 70 years old.
Since its inception, the NHS has constantly evolved in response to changing needs, and has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation. To commemorate this, our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team have created an animation encouraging public involvement in health research.
The team worked closely with Mary, a parent carer of a disabled child, and a member of PenCRU's Family Faculty. In the video, Mary discusses what persuaded to get involved in research, and why she would encourage others to do so.
Dr Kristin Liabo, Senior Research Fellow in the Patient and Public Involvement team, emphasises...Read more
PenCLAHRC Director, Professor Stuart Logan, has spoken to BBC Radio Devon about the problems behind lengthy wait times for non-urgent NHS operations.
Many NHS patients who require non-urgent surgery are finding that they are faced with longer and longer waiting lists. Over 300 people in the South West have now been waiting for treatment for over 12 months.
In conversation with Janet Kipling on BBC Radio Devon, Stuart notes that this is because the NHS is under heavy strain as demand for resource increases.
“Fundamentally we just don’t have the kind of resources to be able to deliver the kind of health care that people...Read more
Health provision is moving away from disease-based models to person centred delivery. This study addresses the development of a new practical tool to support organisations and practitioners in delivering this new approach.
Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings. The NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care, while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. Such an economic challenge has been the catalyst for new and sometimes radical thinking about how care is delivered. This has resulted in a move away...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
“With the HSMA programme, we have developed an exciting new way for the NHS to engage with the power and potential of simulation modelling in a meaningful way. It means that NHS organisations across the region can build their in-house capacity to build models that inform decisions whilst seeing real impact for the organisation.
Dan Chalk, Research Fellow in the PenCHORD team and lead for the HSMA programme
To mark the end of the first year of our Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, we’ve launched a new website to showcase the impacts that this innovative scheme has had on NHS Trusts across the...Read more
Staff from NHS Trusts across the South West came together with PenCLAHRC researchers to celebrate the success of an innovative programme aimed at tackling problems faced by the health service.
The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, run by our operational research team PenCHORD, is designed to embed the skills and knowledge needed to develop and use computer models to support decision making within the NHS.
The pilot programme culminated in a showcase event, held at the University of Exeter Medical School yesterday. Participants presented their project findings and shared how both they and their organisations have benefited from the scheme.
Over the past year,...Read more
Professor Jonathan Pinkney from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and lead researcher on the PenCLAHRC funded Avoidable Acute Admissions (AAA) project, talks about the current winter crisis in hospitals.
With our hospitals on high levels of alert and seemingly insurmountable pressures on the rest of the NHS and social care networks, now more than ever before, the question is being asked: “what next for our NHS?”
In recent months, an increasing number of hospitals have been put on level five alerts as pressures from emergency admissions have serious repercussions for bed occupancy and planned (elective) treatments.
The issues faced...Read more
In April 2016, PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, successfully welcomed the first cohort onto their new Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Programme. The scheme, which runs for 12 months, aims to increase the impact of operational research within the NHS across the South West and will see the selected associates undertake advanced modelling within their own NHS organisations.
The modelling associates are:
The NIHR CLAHRCs have responded to the recent publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View report by NHS England:
NIHR CLAHRCs support the vision set out for the English NHS in the NHS Five Year Forward View (5YFV), published 23 October 2014.
5YFV has been acclaimed both across national media and within health and social care for the clarity with which it articulates not simply why change is needed but also what that change might look like. NIHR CLAHRCs welcome the opportunity that it provides for a reasoned debate about the future of English health and social care.
It is of course...Read more