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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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Reclaiming words in everyday life: App based word retraining for people with Semantic Dementia

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

This study aims to develop an App-based version of a word retraining program used in previous research for people with Semantic Dementia. Read more

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A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence

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

A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence Read more

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PenCHORD - A pilot of an out of hours telephony service for mental health enquiries

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

Devon Partnership Trust is currently piloting an out of hours telephony system for mental health enquiries. This project is modelling the system to ensure it can support the expected increases in demand over time. Read more

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Cancer Diagnostics Programme

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

A programme of research on cancer diagnostic tools and guidelines. Read more

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The MYRIAD Project: Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

This seven-year project, led by the University of Oxford, is looking at whether and how mindfulness training can be used to prevent depression and build resilience during early adolescence. Read more

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INTERPRESS-IPD: Inter-arm blood pressure difference, cardiovascular events, cerebrovascular disease and mortality: an Individual Patient Data meta-analysis

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

INTERPRESS-IPD is an international collaboration to find out more about the link between inter-arm differences in blood pressure and mortality risk. Read more

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APPEAL (Antenatal Preventative Pelvic floor Exercises and Localisation) - Delivery of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Education for Women During Pregnancy

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

This NIHR Programme Grant funded project aims to prevent pregnancy- and childbirth-related urinary incontinence by increasing the number of women doing pelvic floor muscle exercises during pregnancy. Read more

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ExPERT - Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation

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

The ExPERT project is helping to build evidence-based practice into policing across Devon and Cornwall. Read more

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MBCT-YP: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to prevent relapse in young people

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Is mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy (MBCT) effective in maintaining recovery and relapse prevention among young people who have been treated for emotional disorder? Read more

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From programme theory to logic models for Multispecialty Community Providers: A realist evidence synthesis

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

This study will address the problem of producing evidence-based logic models to inform the formation and early operation of Multispecialty Community Providers (MCPs) - patient-centred networks which aim to improve the coordination of hospital with family doctors’ care and social services. Read more

Upcoming Events

Oct
08

Searching and Review Clinic

Online appointments via Microsoft Teams

COVID-19 update: As a result of the pandemic, all PenARC staff are currently working remotely. While...
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Oct
12

Making Sense of Care Homes...

Online

This workshop is aimed at researchers from across PenARC and Exeter University who are (or who are interested...
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News

Operational Research to help improve patients’ experience of mental health services in the South West

22 September 2020

Computer modelling is helping to develop a tool that supports decision-making for patients and clinicians...
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NIHR ARCs awarded £13.125 million to fund key national research priorities

08 September 2020

The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs) have secured £13.125 million...
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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

27 August 2020

More than 90 per cent of shoulder replacement implants last more than ten years, according...
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News

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