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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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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

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STRENGTHEN - Firm Foundations for Health and Wellbeing

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

Improving health for those under community supervision, with the support of a Health Trainer. Read more

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PenCHORD - Integrating Muscular Skeletal therapy services in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske (RCHT) and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT) have been operating separate outpatient services for Muscular Skeletal therapy and there is now a process of integration to operate the two services together. Read more

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Using pharmacogenetics testing to identify monogenic diabetes earlier (The UNITED project)

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

During this project, the research team evaluated the cost-effectiveness of different strategies to identify those individuals with monogenic diabetes (who are often misdiagnosed) and change their treatment to that which is more appropriate. Read more

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A systematic review of physical activity for alcohol and substance use disorders: evidence synthesis with stakeholder engagement to formulate practical recommendations

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

A systematic review examining the evidence for the efficacy of physical activity interventions for alcohol and substance use disorders with input from stakeholders. Read more

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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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