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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 - Reducing A&E four hour breaches in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Simulation modelling will be undertaken to determine optimum resource configurations that reduce the probability of four hour breaches at Royal Cornwall Hospital A & E Department. Read more

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PenCHORD - Streamlining the bladder cancer pathway at RCHT

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

We will build a simulation model of the muscle-invasive bladder cancer pathway at Royal Cornwall Hospital in order to identify bottlenecks, and test potential changes to the pathway to reduce the time from a patient’s referral to definitive treatment. Read more

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PenCHORD - What are the factors that most influence demand for ambulances in South West England?

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

This project sought to understand the factors that contribute most to growing levels of demand for ambulance services in South West England using a simulation modelling approach. Read more

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PenCHORD - Modelling high level health and social care capacity needs in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

This project aims to model the high-level flows from arrival at the Emergency Department to discharge, transfer or step down in Cornwall. The aim is to identify how increased capacity in various aspects of the health and social care system could help to improve flow throughout the system, and reduce bed blocking. Read more

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PenCHORD - Optimising the location of urgent care sites in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

This project aimed to assess the optimal number and location of sites for patients to access urgent and emergency care in Cornwall. The project fed into “Shaping Our Future” - the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. 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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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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SW AHSN/PenCLAHRC Project - Analysing implementation in Acute Stroke and Patient Initiated Clinics (ASPIC)

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

Understanding the implementation and improvement process, including barriers and facilitators, to achieving the spread of desired changes in healthcare practice. Read more

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A new model of prescribing for multi-morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

In multi morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications, can a new model of prescribing reduce treatment burden and optimise individually appropriate medicine? Read more

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Making Sense of Health Research...

Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, TQ11 0EG

  Making Sense of Health Research Annual Conference Friday 1st November, Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre At PenARC we believe...
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Research Fellow - Researcher in Residence (RiR) - Social Prescribing

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Domestic violence and abuse: how NIHR research is helping families in the South West

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