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Research and Projects

This page provides more detail about the PenARC project portfolio. Projects are themed around five research areas:

  • Complex Care
  • Dementia
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Methods for Research and Improvement

There are a variety of routes through which research questions become projects, but our adoption processes have the same three key aims:   

  • Conduct patient-focused research reflecting the needs of the public and the NHS
  • Support evidence-based service change for the benefit of patients and the public
  • Build capacity within the local health economy to generate and effectively use the results of research

In the pages below you can find out more information about many of our current and completed projects. You can filter content by PenARC (and PenCLAHRC) research themes, status, or by keywords.

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PenCHORD - Mapping and reconfiguration of hyperacute stroke services in Wales

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Project developing service maps and profiles of hyperacute and acute stroke service configuration across Wales. Read more

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SW AHSN/PenCHORD project - Achieving step change in the emergency stroke pathway across the South West peninsula

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

A project looking to reduce stroke-related disability in the South West by accelerating the real-world implementation of clinical evidence for thrombolysis treatment after acute ischaemic stroke. Read more

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PenCHORD - Torbay and South Devon stroke care

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

PenCHORD worked with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust to understand the resources needed to streamline the flow of patients through the stroke care pathway. Read more

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PenCHORD- Evaluation of the PenCHORD Health Service Modelling Associates programme (EmMA)

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

This evaluation (EmMA) provides an independent and qualitative review of the first iteration of the PenCHORD Health Services Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme. Read more

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PenCHORD - Review of Operational Research in scheduled and unscheduled care

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

Review and evaluation of simulation modelling work relating to Accident and Emergency departments worldwide, to create a modelling resource and guidance for clinicians. Read more

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PenCHORD - Streamlining Pre-operative Assessments at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

Developing a simulation model of the potential impact of new NICE guidelines on pre-operative assessment (POA) at the RCHT, and assessing whether advance knowledge of patients' ASA scores could make the POA process more efficient. Read more

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PenCHORD - North Devon Thrombolysis Pathway: Bottleneck Analysis

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

What are the bottlenecks that reduce thrombolysis rates at North Devon district hospital? Read more

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PenCHORD - SCN urgent care review: Modelling provision for stroke and cardiac services in the South West region

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

This modelling project, undertaken for the Strategic Clinical Network urgent care review, has examined the expected impact of centralising stroke and heart attack services in the mixed urban/rural communities of the South West. Read more

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PenCHORD - Determining the required size of a Clinical Decision Unit at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

A simulation modelling project to determine the optimum size and opening hours of a Clinical Decision Unit in Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital’s A&E department, taking into account distinct admission policies and opening hours. Read more

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PenCHORD - HepFree: Chronic viral hepatitis in ethnic minorities - strategies to prevent the predicted increase in mortality

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

This research is aimed at finding better ways to test and treat people from ethnic minorities for hepatitis B and hepatitis C. PenCHORD’s work programme will focus on whether screening immigrants at early stages would be cost effective for the NHS. Read more

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