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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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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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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

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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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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

Upcoming Events

Oct
08

Searching and Review Clinic

Online appointments via Microsoft Teams

COVID-19 update: As a result of the pandemic, all PenARC staff are currently working remotely. While...
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Oct
12

Making Sense of Care Homes...

Online

This workshop is aimed at researchers from across PenARC and Exeter University who are (or who are interested...
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Operational Research to help improve patients’ experience of mental health services in the South West

22 September 2020

Computer modelling is helping to develop a tool that supports decision-making for patients and clinicians...
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NIHR ARCs awarded £13.125 million to fund key national research priorities

08 September 2020

The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs) have secured £13.125 million...
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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

27 August 2020

More than 90 per cent of shoulder replacement implants last more than ten years, according...
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Research Projects

Modelling demand and capacity for NHS Trusts in the South West

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

A tool has been developed to support forecasting resource demand and staffing capacity in NHS...
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Research Projects