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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 - Fractured neck of femur: Fast track pathway modelling

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Has the reduction in pre-operative waiting time for fractured neck of femur patients led to increased independence in patient outcomes? Read more

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PenCHORD - Diabetic retinopathy screening interval assesment

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Can the retinal screening interval be safely increased from annually to every two years for Type 2 diabetic patients without risk of increased retinopathy? Read more

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PenCHORD - QEIA tool validation and improvement

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

To appraise a tool for quality impact assessment, carry out a review of the literature, scope out and plan specific research studies and begin the further development of the Quality Equality Impact Assessment (QEIA) tool Read more

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PenCHORD - Optimising Polypharmacy using Agent-Based Simulation

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Can Agent-Based Simulation provide a means of modelling the behaviours of people prescribed multiple medications as they adjust their own medications? Read more

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Physical Activity in Older Adults

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

What are the factors that influence older adults’ engagement in exercise and physical activity? An evidence synthesis of qualitative research and mapping of quantitative reviews Read more

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PenCHORD - Modelling Radiographer-led discharge at Yeovil District Hospital

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

Modelling the pathway for minor injuries at Yeovil District Hospital to visualise the workflow and to evaluate the impact of introducing radiographer-led discharge from A&E. Read more

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Non-pharmacological interventions for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in school settings

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

Non-pharmacological interventions for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research Read more

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C2 - Connecting Communities

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

Research and Delivery of the Connecting Communities (C2) Programme; creating the conditions to transform neighbourhoods in areas of high disadvantage Read more

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Dementia Education for Health and Social Care Staff

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

A Delphi consultation exercise to develop a set of high-level criteria to be used in dementia education by educational commissioners across the full range of their commissioned programmes. Read more

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Shared Care

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

Using realist review methods to understand the cost-effectiveness of models of service delivery: explaining shared care for long-term conditions. 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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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