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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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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

Event title

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

Event title

Home-based Extended Rehabilitation of Older people (HERO)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

NIHR-funded project to investigate whether an extended rehabilitation programme using a home-based exercise intervention developed for older people with frailty improves health-related quality of life. Read more

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PenCHORD - Optimising GP Appointment Policies at Ivybridge Health Centre

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

This project explored the potential impact of three different GP appointment scheduling policies on waiting times and continuity of care at Ivybridge Health Centre. Read more

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Effects of animals on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

A review that aims to synthesise the available evidence on the impact of animals on those living in residential care and on care home life. Read more

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PenCHORD - Streamlining Pre-operative Assessments at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

Developing a simulation model of the potential impact of new NICE guidelines on pre-operative assessment (POA) at the RCHT, and assessing whether advance knowledge of patients' ASA scores could make the POA process more efficient. Read more

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'My Nature' - Supporting healthcare professionals to improve older people’s sensory experiences of the natural world

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Enhancing quality of life for older people living in residential/nursing care by developing a toolkit for staff to help residents engage with nature, in collaboration with the Sensory Trust. Read more

Event title

Self-harm and Suicide in Schools

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

This six-month study includes a survey consultation with all secondary schools in South-West England and Cardiff on self-harm prevention and intervention activities, followed by a series of focus groups. Read more

Event title

PenCHORD - Review of Operational Research in scheduled and unscheduled care

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

Review and evaluation of simulation modelling work relating to Accident and Emergency departments worldwide, to create a modelling resource and guidance for clinicians. Read more

Event title

Baby Dental Care

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

This early phase study examines whether by accessing first time parents and their infants through the Family Nurse Partnership model, an intervention can be delivered to improve the oral health of children in populations at high risk of poor oral health. Read more

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