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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

Dissemination and implementation in dementia care

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Despite the growing list of things that we know can be done to improve dementia care, research findings do not always translate into practice. This project, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, will directly address this issue by conducting a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Read more

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e-coachER: Investigation of a web-based behavioural support exercise referral scheme

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

Trial to investigate the effects of adding web-based support to an exercise referral scheme for patients with long-term physical or mental health conditions. Read more

Event title

Early Learning Communities

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

The research involves a review of the international evidence on how to promote the school readiness of young children growing up in poverty, and consultation with practitioners, system leaders and families in four Early Learning Communities. Together, these will contribute to the development of a toolkit for Save the Children staff and partners to inform the co-design of effective local early learning systems. Read more

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Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of community perinatal mental health services

Theme: ARC - Mental Health
Status: Live

What aspects of community perinatal mental health services work, for whom, and in what contexts. Read more

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Effectiveness of interventions to reduce ordering of thyroid function tests: a systematic review

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

Is it possible to reduce unnecessary Thyroid Function Test biochemistry requests? Read more

Event title

Effectiveness of mealtime interventions in elderly people living in residential care

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

A systematic review of the effectiveness of mealtime interventions in elderly people living in residential care Read more

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Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials Read more

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Effectiveness of TNFa inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

A systematic review of the effectiveness of TNFα inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness Read more

Event title

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

Event title

End of Life Advance Care Planning Study (ELAPS)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

What do clinicians perceive as the challenges in discussing end of life care with patients, and how do they tackle these challenges? 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