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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
Dorothy Tudor has cared for her partner Bob since he was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago. Watching the smiley, fun-loving carpenter transform into someone who no longer recognises her, Dorothy has been ‘floundering’ for support with nowhere to turn.
Here, she tells her story – and explains how introducing dementia support workers into GP surgeries could help ease the burden on people in a similar position. Dementia support workers exist in some organisations, but their role is not streamlined or consistent. New research to explore how to introduce them into primary care is being led by the University of Plymouth,...Read more
The PARTNERS2 study has been awarded a CRN, McPin and MQ award for service user and carer involvement in mental health research. The Engager study has also been recognised with a highly commended runner up award.
The CRN, McPin and MQ award for service user and carer involvement in mental health research is a joint collaboration between NIHR Clinical Research Network, McPin Foundation, and MQ: Transforming Mental Health. It recognises the achievements of research teams which actively seek to involve patients and the public at each stage of the research process, and of service users and carers who are making a difference to mental health research.
This year's winners were announced at a...Read more
A national collaboration supported by PenCLAHRC, investigating ways to support prisoners with mental health problems both before and after release, has received additional funding of almost £290,000 to continue its work for another 10 months.
Engager is a collaboration between Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), the University of Manchester, University College London and the University of Exeter. It has already received funding in the region of £2.2 million from the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR), which has also supported this latest funding.
The project aims to develop and evaluate a way of organising care and support for prisoners...Read more
Suicide among prison offenders is common and the risk of suicide for male offenders leaving prison is eight times the national average, with over a quarter of fatal suicide attempts happening within the first four weeks of release. While the risk of suicide by offenders in prison has been identified as a priority for action, understanding and preventing suicides among offenders after their release has received far less attention.
However, a new study conducted by Plymouth Medical School and supported by the NIHR and PenCLAHRC, has addressed this issue, identifying the need for a support system to help prevent suicide...Read more
A new editorial in the British Journal of General Practice, led by PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Richard Byng, analyses the GP role in the sickness certification process and the new Fit for Work Scheme and suggests that GPs are key to supporting individuals to maintain the hope and belief that they can work, “rather than adding to the numbers of individuals off work on long term sickness who may have been able to work.”
The Fit for Work Scheme will be introduced in most regions in England and Wales at the end of June 2015. Its aim is to provide additional...Read more