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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 - 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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Family Vision

Theme: CLAHRC - Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

Supporting children exposed to domestic conflict and violence through parent leadership coaching. Read more

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PenCHORD - Determining the required size of a Clinical Decision Unit at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

A simulation modelling project to determine the optimum size and opening hours of a Clinical Decision Unit in Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital’s A&E department, taking into account distinct admission policies and opening hours. Read more

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Comprehensive Mouth Care and Post-operative Pneumonia (CUPPA)

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

A pilot study to see if comprehensive mouth-care reduces the incidence of post-operative pneumonia in high risk ward patients. Read more

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Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Epilepsy - A long term condition of children (CASTLE)

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

PenCRU and the Evidence Synthesis Team are working with families, charities and health professionals specialising in epilepsy, to devise a set of outcome measures for this national NIHR-funded project. Read more

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PenCHORD - DECODE: Modelling the impact of a dementia triage system on Exeter memory clinic waiting times

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Investigating the impact of the DECODE dementia triage system on patient waiting times for assessment at the Exeter, North Devon and South Devon memory clinics. Read more

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Research project attracts £750,000 funding to support remote GP care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

06 August 2020

A joint project between the Universities of Oxford and Plymouth has received £750,000 of funding...
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ADHD services map reveals major gaps in care, failing the vulnerable

03 August 2020

New research has called for urgent action after creating a map that identifies gaps in...
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Innovative HSMA training programme makes virtual return

29 July 2020

Following on from two hugely successful rounds of PenARC's Health Service Modelling Associate Programme (HSMA), HSMA 3 will launch...
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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