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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 - 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

Event title

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

Event title

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

Event title

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

Event title

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

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

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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News

Dementia expert takes 'dementia friendly' message to 10 Downing Street

13 October 2020

A PenARC colleague has met the Prime Minister to ask for his backing to help...
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October 2020 Newsletter

08 October 2020

Our latest newsletter, with news of our continued COVID-related activities, the launch of our new...
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Mental Health Facility at Torbay Hospital begins construction

06 October 2020

The construction of a new £11.8 million Mental Health facility, supported by research undertaken as...
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Research Projects

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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Digital Health Resources for Clinicians and Researchers

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

An introduction to literature and resources on digital health for researchers and clinicians in response...
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Research Projects