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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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Event title

Development of an Integrated Psychological Medicine Service

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are common among people passing through the general hospital and are associated with increase emotional distress, worse quality of life, worse medical outcomes and greater healthcare costs. The aim of this project is to greatly improve the level of psychological care provided alongside traditional medical and surgical care for patients attending the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Read more

Event title

Improving continence in children and young people with neurodisability (ICoN study)

Theme: CLAHRC - Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

What is the available evidence for interventions relating to improving continence for children and young people with neurodisability? Read more

Event title

UNTEST

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

How can we help GPs make better use of thyroid function tests? Read more

Event title

Sharing Evidence Routine for a Patient Centred Plan of Action (SHERPA)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

This project aims to offer a structured approach for GP trainees to manage consultations with their patients who have multiple health conditions for which no single set of guidelines will cover. Read more

Event title

PenCHORD - Maximising access to thrombectomy services for stroke in England

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

PenCHORD have performed geographic modelling to help inform roll-out of endovascular thrombectomy, a ground-breaking new treatment for severe stroke. Read more

Event title

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: CLAHRC - Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning. The study will use a review of the evidence, a survey of existing practice in schools in England, and interviews with teachers and international experts. Read more

What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human interaction on care home residents and care home staff, which will be used where possible to inform good practice recommendations for the residential/nursing care sector. Read more

Event title

Supporting older people to manage their medicines: a scoping review of medicine self-management tools

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

A scoping review that aims to identify what tools or resources are available for older people to manage multiple medicines or complex treatment regimens. Read more

Event title

Parent-to-Parent Support Interventions for Parents of Babies Cared for in a Neonatal unit (PaReNt)

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence of parent to parent support interventions for families going through neonatal care. Read more

Event title

Caring about Care - Improving the Experience of Care for People with Dementia in Hospital

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Can we improve the experience of care for people with dementia in hospital? A synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence, development of a logic model, and co-production of plans for service change. Read more

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Research collaboration leads “rapid response” data analysis to aid NHS during COVID-19 epidemic

29 April 2020

A collaboration between PenARC and University of Exeter Researchers and the NHS has developed a crucial new tool...
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COVID-19 Update Newsletter available now

28 April 2020

Our latest newsletter, with news of how we are responding to the Covid-19 crisis, plus an invitation...
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Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown

27 April 2020

Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown New...
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Research Projects

Understanding research priorities for young people with long term health conditions

Theme: ARC - Complex Care

A project to identify and describe, through patient and public involvement activities, the research needs of...
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Getting Up Following a Fall

Theme: ARC - Complex Care

Although there is evidence that falls can be prevented, little attention has been paid to...
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Research Projects