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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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Healthy Parent Carers

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

The Healthy Parent Carers project is a feasibility study testing whether a programme designed by researchers and parent carers can improve the health and wellbeing of parents of children with disabilities. Read more

Event title

Researchers in residence

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement
Status: Live

This case study seeks to understand how primary care, acute, community and voluntary services within an Integrated Care Organisation (Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust) are working together in community hubs, and the impact of care model innovations. The RiRs are developing an innovative and evolving role which takes a match-funded, co-produced approach to evaluation and research (see pitch document for download). Read more

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

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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

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UNTEST

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

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

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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

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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

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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

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09

Seminar: What does Personalised Care...

Online via Zoom

This seminar will examine what ‘Personalised Care’ means for care homes. It will bring together...
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15

Searching and Review Clinic

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'Why physical activity matters more than ever'

01 December 2020

Professor of Health Service Research, Adrian Taylor, discusses motivation, exercise schemes, and the future impact on...
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Dementia expert takes 'dementia friendly' message to 10 Downing Street

13 October 2020

A PenARC colleague has met the Prime Minister to ask for his backing to help...
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October 2020 Newsletter

08 October 2020

Our latest newsletter, with news of our continued COVID-related activities, the launch of our new...
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News

Research Projects

Police Service Modelling Associates (PSMA) Programme

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

The PSMA Programme is a pilot programme which supports analytical staff working in policing to...
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Remote-by-Default Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Theme: ARC - Public Health

A research project to investigate how to ensure the delivery of effective care accessed remotely...
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Research Projects