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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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'My Nature' - Supporting healthcare professionals to improve older people’s sensory experiences of the natural world

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Enhancing quality of life for older people living in residential/nursing care by developing a toolkit for staff to help residents engage with nature, in collaboration with the Sensory Trust. Read more

Event title

(DiScOVer) - Dynamic Splinting of Vertebral fractures

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

Can dynamic orthotics/bracing reduce pain, and improve function, confidence and wellbeing in people with osteoporotic vertebral fractures? Read more

Event title

A new model of prescribing for multi-morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

In multi morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications, can a new model of prescribing reduce treatment burden and optimise individually appropriate medicine? Read more

Event title

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

Event title

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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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

Event title

Adapting the Chance UK mentoring programme

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

The Chance UK mentoring programme is for children in London aged 5-11 years who are reported to be displaying challenging behaviour and emotional problems at school and at home. This project will aim to look at ways to redesign and adapt the current mentoring programme, as it has been found to be achieving the desired outcome. Read more

Event title

AHSN/PenCHORD project - Cardiac Troponin: Diagnosing heart attacks in A&E

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

High sensitivity troponin (hs-cTn) for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction in A&E – modelling the impact of implementing hs-cTn in the South West. Read more

Event title

Antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

A systematic review of antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes 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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Making Sense of Health Research...

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Social prescribing – who does it work for and why?

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In a time when people are living longer, but with more complex healthcare needs, GPs...
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Research Fellow - Researcher in Residence (RiR) - Social Prescribing

07 October 2019

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Research Fellow to join the Community and Primary...
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Domestic violence and abuse: how NIHR research is helping families in the South West

03 October 2019

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