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PenCLAHRC Matters - The NIHR CLAHRC for the South West Peninsula's E-Newsletter (May 2012)

Dear <<First Name>>,



Welcome to the April edition of PenCLAHRC Matters, the e-newsletter of the National Institute for Health Research’s Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the South West Peninsula.

In this month’s issue, we see the launch of the Peninsula Falls Network, recently established to address the common problem of falls by the elderly, in addition to one of our projects linking to IGO, a new study to assist stroke survivors. We have recently seen links strengthened with the National Institute for Health Research and our endeavour to engage with you enhanced through research surgeries and the work of our Patient and Public Involvement team.

I hope that you continue to find this e-newsletter worthwhile and informative. Our next mailing will be out in early June.  

Stuart Logan
Director of PenCLAHRC

Evidence Synthesis Team launch Search and Review Clinics
Need help with developing a protocol for your systematic review?  Don’t know where to begin with your search strategy? PenCLAHRC’s Evidence Synthesis Team (EST) is now offering a series of “clinics” for academics and NHS professionals within Devon and Cornwall who are seeking advice on systematic review-related queries.  Half hour appointments with a Reviewer or Information Specialist are now available to book for dates in May, June and July. For more information about the clinics (which will be held in Exeter) please click here.

Peninsula Falls Network: Find out more   
Falls are a common problem, affecting a third of those aged 65 and over, and often resulting in injury or disability. Three physiotherapists from PenCLAHRC and Plymouth University have therefore established the Peninsula Falls Network, in order to aid shared learning on the topic. You can now sign up to receive their newsletter and attend a study day in June. Click here to find out more. 

PenCLAHRC staff appointed to NIHR Senior Investigator College 
Congratulations to Professor Andrew Hattersley and Professor David Richards, who are both PenCLAHRC theme leads, on their recent appointment to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) College of Senior Investigators, which represents the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research. Click here for more information.

Professor Richards has also recently obtained a £1.8 million grant from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment in order to further his research into depression. The grant has provided the funding for COBRA, a randomised controlled clinical trial of two psychological interventions - Behavioural Activation (BA) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This aims to compare the two treatments, particularly focusing on clinical depression. To find out more click here.

PenCLAHRC’s ‘Project of the Month’: ReTrain links to new IGO study 
The ReTrain project aims to evaluate the effects of a rehabilitation programme for long-term stroke survivors on quality of life, functional ability and participation. One aspect of the programme is teaching stroke survivors how to get up from the floor following a fall without assistance. The ReTrain team, led by Dr Sarah Dean, have recently secured funding for a study evaluating the safety and effectiveness of teaching stroke survivors to Independently Get up Off the floor (IGO). Please click here for more information.

Update from Patient and Public Involvement Team 
PenCLAHRC’s Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Team, which is coordinated by the Peninsula Public Involvement Group (PenPIG), work to actively involve members of the local community with health research. A report on their recent activity, including a talk to Devon LINK and workshops with Exeter College, is now available here. You can also find details of upcoming events and new developments.  

1st NIHR Infrastructure Training Forum
Dr. Mark Tarrant recently attended the first meeting for CLAHRC research training leads as part of the NIHR Infrastructure Training Forum. The meeting, which was held in London, provided a valuable opportunity for each CLAHRC to learn about the diverse ways that the other centres addressed the training needs of its members, and to discuss how the NIHR could facilitate sharing of good practice across the CLAHRCs. Click here to read more.  

Researchers to attend British Geriatric Society Spring Meeting 
Following collaboration between PenCLAHRC, the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) and the University of Queensland, Brisbane, a group of researchers will be attending the next British Geriatric Society Spring Meeting being held in Llandudno, Wales on 16th – 18th May. The group will between them deliver eight presentations on topics including frailty, the oldest-old and cognitive decline. For more information click here

PCMD part of new NIHR School for Public Health Research 
Last month the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) was one of just eight health research institutions in England to be chosen as a collaborator in the new NIHR School for Public Health Research. The School aims to build closer relations between researcher and public health practitioners, which means a £1.6 million investment for the South West. Read more here.

Events Diary

• 8th May 2012 - First EST Search and Review Clinic, Exeter. For more information please see story (left) or click here 

• 10th May 2012 - Peninsula Dementia Research Network (PenDEM) Event, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. More information

• 16th May 2012 – Introduction to Stata Workshop, Exeter. More information
• 24th May 2012 - 12th Annual Plymouth Diabesity Symposium, Plymouth. More information 

• 25th May 2012 – Dr. Raina Elley, “Cost Effectiveness of Physical Activity Promotion in Primary Health Care”, venue tbc. More information

• 1st-2nd June 2012 - International Workshop: Research Agenda and Priority Setting, Plymouth University (video-conferencing to Exeter, Truro and Belfast). More information

• 11th June 2012 – Lisa Robertson, “Sticking with it: Promoting adherence with self-management in long-term conditions”, venue tbc. More information 

• 11th-12th June 2012 - First International Conference on Social Identity and Health (ICSIH), University of Exeter. More information

• 15th June 2012 – Clinical Decision Making Workshop, Truro. More information

• 19th-20th June 2012 - Health Services Research Network Symposium, Manchester. More information

• 20th-22nd June 2012 – NHS Confederation Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012, Manchester. More information

• 21st June 2012 - South West Peninsula Falls Network Study Day, Plymouth. More information

• 25th-26th June 2012 - Making Health Care Safer, University of St Andrews. More information

• 28th June 2012 - 3rd Annual NIHR Cardiovascular Workshop, Bristol. More information


Recent Publications

• Gibson A, Britten N, Lynch J. Theoretical Directions for an Emancipatory Concept of Patient and Public Involvement. Health 2012.

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula (known as PenCLAHRC for short) aims to bring together local universities and their surrounding NHS organisations to test new treatments and new ways of working in specific clinical areas, to see if they are effective and appropriate for everyday use in the health service.  Where potential improvements are identified, NIHR-PenCLAHRC helps NHS staff to incorporate them into their everyday working practices, so that patients across the local community receive a better standard of healthcare.