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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 Exeter Care Homes and Knowledge (ExCHANGE) Collaboration

Theme: ARC - Public Health
Status: Live

This project aims to improve the happiness and wellbeing of care home residents through building capacity for collaborative working between researchers, care providers, residents and family members. Read more

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Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes (STOPPING)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

We have been awarded funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop a way of reducing and stopping some medicines for older people living in care homes. Read more

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SAMueL – Stroke Audit Machine Learning

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

This study aims to develop a tool for doctors to help them review and improve the speed and use of a clot busting drug when someone has had a stroke Read more

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Social Prescribing - Understanding what works in, and supporting provision of, nature - based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness

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

We have been awarded funding from DEFRA to identify what works in the use of nature-based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness. The new work is closely aligned with the MRC funded Nature on Prescription project. Read more

Social Prescribing - Cornwall and Plymouth Researcher in Residence

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

Evaluation work by a Researcher in Residence to assess implementation, reach, scope and acceptability of new Department for Health and Social Care funded social prescription schemes in Cornwall and Plymouth. Read more

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ADAPT: Accelerated Design and Programme Testing

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

The research involves adapting aspects of Family Nurse Partnership, an evidence-based programme for young mothers and their babies, and then testing those adaptations with a focus on acceptability, implementation and outcomes. The adaptations include introducing personalisation and adjusting clinical content relating to attachment, smoking cessation, breastfeeding, neglect, mental health and intimate partner violence. Read more

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Early Learning Communities

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

The research involves a review of the international evidence on how to promote the school readiness of young children growing up in poverty, and consultation with practitioners, system leaders and families in four Early Learning Communities. Together, these will contribute to the development of a toolkit for Save the Children staff and partners to inform the co-design of effective local early learning systems. Read more

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PenARC welcomes new PhD students

18 February 2020

Our PhD studentships are linked to PenARC project and priority areas and are an important...
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Groundbreaking role for operational research in NHS decision-making

12 February 2020

A pioneering collaboration between PenARC and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) has led to...
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Celebrating ten years of Patient and Public Involvement in research

10 February 2020

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Research Projects

The Exeter Care Homes and Knowledge (ExCHANGE) Collaboration

Theme: ARC - Public Health

This project aims to improve the happiness and wellbeing of care home residents through building...
Read more

Research Projects