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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 - The Zone Icebreak Personality Disorder Pathway Redesign

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

The aim of this project will be to assess the impact of a new treatment pathway on The Zone’s waiting times and resource requirements. Read more

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Care Under Pressure

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Realist review of interventions to tackle healthcare professionals’ mental ill health and its impacts on the clinical workforce and patient care. 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

Event title

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

A systematic review evaluating the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving the mental health of children and young people with long term physical health conditions. Read more

Event title

Cognitive Monitoring in Planned Arthroplasty Surgery Study (CoMPASS)

Theme: ARC - Complex Care
Status: Live

This study aims to examine post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), and will perform cognitive testing in a parallel group of similar patients who are not subjected to surgery. Read more

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PenCHORD - Optimising plastic surgery clinic scheduling at Derriford Hospital

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

This project would seek to assess how changing the length of clinic slots and / or carving out slots for more complex patients could help to reduce waiting times for a plastic surgery clinic at Derriford Hospital. Read more

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Public involvement in suicide prevention

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

A research programme examining a public health intervention designed to help members of the public recognise and respond to possible suicidal intent in a public setting. Read more

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PenCHORD: Modelling the optimal size of Derriford Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU)

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Providing modelling evidence of the optimal size for an expanded Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) at Derriford Hospital. 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 - STEMI: Appropriate treatment for ST-elevation heart attacks

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

Could thrombolysis treatment from paramedics before being taken to hospital lead to better outcomes for some patients who have a STEMI heart attack? Read more

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Understanding research priorities for young people with long term health conditions

10 March 2020

A collaboration between researchers has resulted in a clearer understanding of how to address the...
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PenARC welcomes new PhD students

18 February 2020

Our PhD studentships are linked to PenARC project and priority areas and are an important...
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Groundbreaking role for operational research in NHS decision-making

12 February 2020

A pioneering collaboration between PenARC and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) has led to...
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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