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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

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

Event title

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

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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

Event title

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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Could physical activity help minimise drug and alcohol use?

17 December 2020

Figures and surveys have shown that high-risk alcohol consumption increased during lockdown periods, while exercise...
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£300,000 from NIHR to investigate the views of older adults on strategies to improve recovery from planned surgery

10 December 2020

A team of researchers from across the University of Exeter Medical School, Royal Devon &...
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01 December 2020

Professor of Health Service Research, Adrian Taylor, discusses motivation, exercise schemes, and the future impact on...
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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