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PenCLAHRC Matters - July 2014

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the July 2014 issue of the PenCLAHRC Matters e-newsletter. I hope that you have been enjoying the summer so far.

In this issue I am pleased to report that our researchers continue to garner attention for their work, particularly in the area of dementia. You may have also seen the extensive media coverage in the last day for some PenCLAHRC-supported research in problem drinking and memory loss. You can read more about all of these projects below.

I would also like to thank everyone who has responded so far to our newsletter survey. There is still time to provide feedback on how we can make the newsletter more interesting and relevant, via the link below.

With best wishes, 

Stuart Logan
Director of PenCLAHRC

Problem drinking and memory loss in later life

Research by Dr Iain Lang has found that middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory impairment in later life as those without such history. The study has been published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and has been widely reported in the media. Find out more here.

Dementia assessment app launch

PenCLAHRC funding has supported the launch of ACEmobile - a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia. Designed by clinicians for clinicians, ACEmobile is a unique iPad-based tool that supports doctors and nurses to conduct dementia assessments. You can read more about it here.

Professor Richard Byng featured in the Western Morning News
PenCLAHRC Deputy Director, Professor Richard Byng, was the featured expert in the Sunday Essay in a recent edition of the Western Morning News. In the article Richard discusses the tricky relationship between society and those released from prison. He talks about his work on the Care for Offenders (COCOA) and Engager projects, the latter involving ex-offenders as peer researchers to help address societal attitudes towards prisoners and prevent re-offending. Read more here.

Gardens could help dementia care

A recent systematic review, led by PenCLAHRC's Evidence Synthesis Team, has found that gardens could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia. Lead researcher, Rebecca Whear said, “We think that gardens could be benefitting dementia sufferers by providing them with sensory stimulation and an environment that triggers memories.” You can read more here and watch a video of one of the review's authors, Dr Ruth Garside, discussing the study here.

CLAHRC Partnership Programme Newsletter- Health Inequalities
Several PenCLAHRC projects have been featured in the recent newsletter from the CLAHRC Partnership Programme. This newsletter showcased research on health inequalities from across the 13 CLAHRCs and the PenCLAHRC projects Engager II (offender mental health), Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), Patient-Initiated Clinics (PIC) and the disinvestment around NICE guidelines were all featured. You can read the newsletter here.

NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee
PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow Dr Vicki Goodwin has been invited to join the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC) for the specialist area of falls. Vicki's research and clinical practice relates to the care of older people, with a particular focus on falls prevention. Vicki will be the physiotherapy representative on the committee.

PhD student success at NIHR Research Training Camp

Congratulations to PenCLAHRC PhD students Jessica Bollen and Alex Georgiadis who took part in the recent NIHR Research Training Camp at Ashridge Business School and were in prize-winning teams. Jess's team won first prize for ‘Best Group PPI Application’ and Alex's team took Runner-up prize for ‘Best Group Health Research Funding Application’: pic.twitter.com/wM12zrxXLa.

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Events Diary

Making Sense of Evidence: Using Research to Inform Clinical Decision Making
Friday 19th September, Taunton: One day workshop.
Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November, Exeter: One day workshop plus one day diagnostics workshop. More Information.

7th PenCHORD Seminar, Showcase and Workshop: Live Simulation
Wednesday 17th September,  Exeter
One day event with guest speaker (Andrew Fordyce, Torbay Hospital) and Live Simulation Hands-on Workshop.
Event is free-of-charge with lunch and refreshments. Book a place here.

Recent Publications

PenCHORD's Martin Pitt has produced a briefing entitled Change By Design: Systems Modelling and Simulation in Healthcare - Tools for health service decision makers, in collaboration with MASHnet (UK Modelling and Simulation in Healthcare network) and the Health Services Research Network (HSRN).

Bollen JC, Dean SG, Siegert RJ, Howe,TE,Goodwin VA. A systematic review of measures of self-reported adherence to unsupervised home-based rehabilitation exercise programmes, and their psychometric properties. BMJ Open. 

Hurst A, Price A, Doolan M, Lanham W, Ford T. Routine outcome monitoring of evidence-based parenting programmes: indications of effectiveness in a community context Journal of Children's Services

Solomon E, Rees T, Ukoumunne OC, Metcalf B, Hillsdon M. The Devon Active Villages Evaluation (DAVE) trial of a community-level physical activity intervention in rural south-west England: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavorial Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014, 11:94
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