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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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PRO-GROUP: ImPROving GROUP treatment for people with severe obesity

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

This research programme investigates current service designs and interventions for the management of people with severe obesity, and seeks to identify patients’ needs and goals from treatment. Read more

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Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training (IMPACT) - a realist review

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

The research team are conducting a realist review to understand how interventions to change antimicrobial prescribing behaviours of doctors in training produce their effects. Read more

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TARS – Trial of physical Activity and Reduction of Smoking

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) will lead a national study to test the effectiveness of new support to help smokers who want to reduce but not quit. Read more

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ESSEnCE: amalgamating marginal gains in ESSEntial Nursing CarE

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

PenCLAHRC researchers are supporting colleagues in the Medical School on an NIHR Programme Development Grant funded project to develop and test a new improved method of nursing care. 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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The Patient Safety Collaborative Evaluation Study (PiSCES)

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

This project aims to evaluate progress to date on the development of Patient Safety Collaboratives. Read more

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PenCHORD - HepB: Optimising the management of chronic hepatitis B in children and young people

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

PenCHORD will conduct the cost-effectiveness component of an NIHR RfPB funded project, led by Queen Marys University London, which looks at the use of new diagnostic procedures for Hepatitis B in children and young adults. Read more

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PenCHORD - Pathway mapping of STEP 2-4 psychological therapies in the NEW Devon area

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Working with a wide range of NHS mental health organisations based in the NEW Devon area (both providers and commissioners), this project aims to develop a pathway map of services to assist the policy making process. 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 - Optimising the location of outpatient services in Cornwall: Phase One

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

This project seeks to determine the optimum configuration for outpatient services across Cornwall. 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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