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PenCLAHRC Matters - March 2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the March edition of the PenCLAHRC Matters newsletter. The first few months of 2017 have passed in a blur of activity and it's very gratifying for me, as PenCLAHRC Director, to see colleagues across the collaboration being successful, both in terms of established projects that are coming to an end and new projects that are just getting started.

This edition of the newsletter has been slightly delayed so we can bring you the results of the latest round of research prioritisation, which culminated earlier this month with an event for our stakeholders to discuss and vote on a shortlist of potential questions. We're now looking to take forward the two highest ranked questions from this process.

We also continue our series looking at the work carried out by practitioners on our Health Service Modelling Associates programme, which culminates at the end of this month with a showcase event (see the events diary below for details and to attend).

This month we have also highlighted some of the work carried out with one of our collaborators, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. We aim to continue fostering successful partnerships with all our stakeholders to develop new, innovative initiatives that will further improve patient services across the region. If you would like to speak to us about how we can work with you, please do get in touch.

I must also extend my personal congratulations to Dr Vicki Goodwin, who has been awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. Vicki attended Buckingham Palace last week and received her honour from Prince Charles. We are all very proud of her achievement, which is thoroughly deserved. Well done Vicki!

With best wishes, 

Stuart Logan
Director of PenCLAHRC

PenCLAHRC research prioritisation concludes with event at Dartington Hall

Running since 2008, our research prioritisation process is one of the ways we aim to align our research programme with the needs and concerns of stakeholders and patients from across the South West region.

For the latest round of prioritisation, local healthcare professionals, patients and the public submitted almost 60 questions for consideration. These were whittled down to a shortlist of ten by our partner organisations during an initial phase of electronic voting.

These ten questions were then considered during a final round of discussions and voting, at a stakeholder event held at Dartington Hall on the 3rd March.

We will now dedicate resources to conducting more detailed scoping work on the two highest ranked questions, in order to test their feasibility as potential research projects.

Find out about the prioritisation process and which questions we will be taking forward in the news section of our website.

Police research partnership brings lasting impact

A collaborative study between the University of Exeter and Devon and Cornwall Police has fostered a long-term partnership to bring evidence and research into policing.

The Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation study (ExPERT) was set up to take the lessons learnt from evidence-based practice in medicine and apply them to policing.

The ExPERT team have developed a programme of training, based on PenCLAHRC’s Making Sense of Evidence workshops, to help police staff feel confident identifying, critically assessing and using research evidence in their work.

Alexis Poole, Head of Performance and Analysis at Devon and Cornwall Police, said:

We’re really excited about where the relationship has got to and what might happen in the future. We are working with the University in a number of areas, both within ExPERT and beyond it, and we’ve got some research projects that will carry on for quite some time after ExPERT has ended.

Read the full story on the news pages of our website.

Partner in Focus - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT)

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, PenCLAHRC aims to work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns of the health service in the South West. Highlighting how this works in practice, we’ve brought together some of the work we've carried out with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT).

Successful projects we have undertaken in collaboration with the RCHT include integrating the Muscular Skeletal therapy services of Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, and reviewing the distribution of outpatient clinics and clinicians across all the Trust's sites, to make the best possible use of resources and minimise travel time for patients and clinicians.

An ongoing collaboration with the RCHT Urology team has already led to a new protocol being created for treating muscle-invasive bladder cancer, based on evidence from our Operational Research team, PenCHORD. Building on this success, we are currently working with RCHT anaesthetists to help them implement new NICE guidelines on pre-operative assessments.

Some of our projects with the RCHT are now feeding into Cornwall's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Find out more about our this work on our website. 

We aim to continue fostering successful partnerships with all our stakeholders to develop new, innovative initiatives that will further improve patient services across the region. If you would like to speak to us about how we can work with you to address health service issues or uncertainties in your organisation, please do get in touch.

Experiences of patient and public involvement in research shared

Senior PenCLAHRC staff members have shared their experiences of patient and public involvement in research (PPI), in video interviews with health information website healthtalk.org.

Director of PenCLAHRC Professor Stuart Logan, Helen Burchmore, Dr Kath Maguire, Dr Kristin Liabo and Dr Chris Morris discussed the challenges, benefits and rewards of PPI, including how best to involve the public in research.

Professor Logan praised the NIHR’s commitment to advocating PPI as an approach to research, and Dr Maguire advocated increased community outreach to recruit research participants.

Read the full story and watch the videos via our news pages.

MBE for inspiring physiotherapist and researcher

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow and physiotherapist Dr Vicki Goodwin has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list 2017, for significant achievement or outstanding service to Physiotherapy.

Vicki is a physiotherapist specialising in the care of older people. Her main research interests are around the rehabilitation of older people, including those with dementia. She specialises in areas including rehabilitation after falls – working towards ensuring older people can have the best quality of life possible.

Dr Goodwin said: “I am completely shocked and truly humbled that I am being recognised for my work as a physiotherapist. Ultimately, my work is dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people, but it’s a real team effort. This is more a reflection of my family and friends and the people I have worked with over the years, who have supported and encouraged me.”
Read more on our website.

HSMA Project Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme is a pilot scheme run by PenCLAHRC’s operational modelling group PenCHORD. It brings together university academics and health organisations from across the South West, building capacity within the NHS to generate and use evidence from modelling and operational research techniques.

Karl Vile, Operational Manager and Programme Lead at Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) is one of six HSMAs selected from across the collaboration. Karl developed his project with the Urgent Care Programme Board at DPT, including the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, David Somerfield. 

With support from his PenCHORD mentor Dr Sean Manzi, Karl has used three years of data to create a model of patients’ journey through DPT’s adult and older people's inpatient wards. This model identifies and tests different scenarios to measure the impact of changes on the system.

Karl said: “It has been a privilege to be able to spend a day per week learning new operational research skills and working on a project that will support one of Devon Partnership Trust’s major transformation programmes.”

Read the full story on the news pages of our website. To find out more about the Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) scheme, visit our website or come to the Final Seminar Event on 30 March.

Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

A simple new questionnaire based on emoticon-style facial expressions could help teachers to engage children as young as four on their happiness and wellbeing levels in the classroom.

The How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS) questionnaire, designed by experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, is available to download for free. It uses emoticon-style faces with options of happy, ok or sad and asks children to rate how they feel in seven situations during the day.

The questionnaire is now the subject of a paper in Clinical Childcare Psychology and PsychiatryRead the full story on the news section of our website.

Pressures on the NHS - The answers are out there

Professor Jonathan Pinkney from Plymouth University, lead researcher on the PenCLAHRC-funded Avoidable Acute Admissions project, discussed the winter crisis in hospitals in an article for the University's website:

"Hospitals and their staff are under immense pressure to ensure that each and every patient receives the best and most appropriate treatment. However, there is evidence that a significant proportion of acute hospital admissions are avoidable and hospitals across the country have introduced a range of innovative initiatives to try to avoid these unnecessary admissions.

Until we carried out our study, there had been no research to investigate how well such measures work in practice and whether they meet the needs of patients."

Read the full article on the news page of our website, or visit the Avoidable Acute Admissions (AAA) project page.

Rural dementia: we need to talk

PenCLAHRC-supported research into the experience of dementia in farming families, and its impact on their businesses and home lives, has identified four areas of concern.

The year-long study was undertaken by Plymouth University with support from Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia. The areas of concern identified were: the potentially hazardous farm environment; farmers’ reluctance to ask for help; lack of time and money to access support services; and ageing rural communities.

Based on their findings, the research team recommended that, where possible, farmers should plan ahead for the eventuality of ill health, including Lasting Powers of Attorney and succession planning. They also highlighted a need for joined up thinking and working between statutory agencies, dementia support organisations and rural communities.

Mr Sherriff discussed the findings on the BBC’s Countryfile, BBC Breakfast, Spotlight and Radio 4 Farming Today. Read the full story on the news pages of our website.

Meet the PenCLAHRC team

PenCLAHRC has grown hugely in size since our doors first opened in 2008 and we now have more than 100 CLAHRC-supported staff and students across the South West. In our continuing series, we interview PenCLAHRC colleagues to help give a flavour of the broad range of people that make up our collaboration.

In this edition, we caught up with Research Fellow Dr Dawn Swancutt

What do you do at PenCLAHRC and how long have you worked here?
I am a health researcher working on new projects that come to PenCLAHRC through their question generation process. My background is in using mixed-methods research, so I am used to working with qualitative and quantitative data, and research techniques, and applying them to the research question.

I came to PenCLAHRC three years ago to work on the Avoidable Acute Admissions study, looking at decision-making in hospital Emergency Departments, particularly from the patient perspective.
What do you like most about your job?
The two things I really enjoy about my job are the people I work with and the variety of topics I get to work on. To carry out my research I work with remarkable people within my organisation, through contact with NHS staff and with the patients I meet. The way healthcare is provided slightly differently in various places makes each project interesting and unique for me.
What’s the hardest part about your job?
On the flip side, the hardest part of my job is getting all the variety I see into some kind of order that makes sense for others to understand easily.
If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?
I would probably be running a much larger smallholding than I already have. Maybe nearer to the coast.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us?
I have kept rare breed turkeys for the past 12 years and currently have a beautiful black and white variety called Crowlitzer. My alpacas, George and Morton, are supposed to be keeping foxes at bay, but I doubt their ability a little as they seem scared of their own shadows.

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PenCLAHRC Staff News

Welcome to our new members of staff:

Ben Fosh - PenCLAHRC Research Assistant
Dr James Fullam - Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Meet current PenCLAHRC staff and students online via our Staff Database.

Events Diary

HSMA Final Seminar - 30 March
Hear from our current Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMAs) about working with PenCHORD on advanced simulation projects to benefit their NHS organisations. There will also be an opportunity to speak with the team about their future plans for the programme. Book your free place here

Creative Communication: Making Research Visible, Accessible and Engaging - 19 April
As part of the Creative Communication: seminar and workshop series Sarah Chapman and Jack Leahy will be talking about their work, which focuses on creative dissemination of Cochrane reviews and other health evidence through social media. Register for free here

PPI Advice Clinics
Whatever your query, from finding out more about Patient and Public Involvement to creating a PPI strategy for a research bid, one of our researchers at these clinics can advise you. These are generally held every two weeks. Visit the events page for further details and dates.

PenCHORD Training Modules 1 & 2
A series of regular, free of charge training courses are run by PenCHORD for NHS staff within Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. These courses are designed for those wishing to learn how to build simple but effective predictive models for their own organisations. Visit the events page for further details and dates.

Searching and Review Clinics
Book an appointment with one of the Evidence Synthesis Team's reviewers or information specialists for advice on search strategies and the systematic review process. Clinics are held in both Exeter and Plymouth - visit the events page for upcoming dates. 

To view other training, workshop and seminar opportunities, visit the events section of our website.

Recent Publications

Allen K, Marlow R, Parker C, Rodgers L, Ukoumunne OC, Chan Seem E, Hayes R, Price A, Ford T. ‘How I Feel About My School’: the construction and validation of a method of wellbeing at school for primary school children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2017) 1-17

Maguire K. Talking About Research Using Games, Models, Maps, and Stories. SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2 (2017)

Salmon VE, Hay-Smith EJC, Jarvie R, Dean S, Oborn E, Bayliss S, Bick D, Davenport C, Ismail KM, MacArthur C, Pearson M. Opportunities, challenges and concerns for the implementation and uptake of pelvic floor muscle assessment and exercises during the childbearing years: Protocol for a Critical Interpretive Synthesis. Systematic Reviews (2017) 6:18

Hackworth NJ, Berthelsen D, Matthews J, Westrupp EM, Cann W, Ukoumunne OC, Bennetts SK, Phan T, Scicluna A, Trajanovska M, Yu M, Nicholson JM. Impact of a brief group intervention to enhance parenting and the home learning environment for children aged 6-36 months: A cluster randomised controlled trial. Prevention Science (2017)

Hillier-Brown FC, Summerbell CD, Moore HJ, Wrieden WL, Adams J, Abraham C, Adamson A, Araujo-Soares V, White M, Lake AA. A description of interventions promoting healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away, or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets in England: a systematic mapping and evidence synthesis. BMC Public Health (2017) 17:93

Solbrig L, Jone R, Kavanagh D, May J, Parkin T, Andrade J. People trying to lose weight dislike calorie counting apps and want motivational support to help them achieve their goals. Internet Interventions (2017) 7:23-31

Watkins R, Goodwin VA, Abbott RA, Backhouse A, Moore D, Tarrant M. Attitudes, perceptions and experiences of mealtimes among residents and staff in care homes for older adults: A systematic review of the qualitative literature. Geriatric Nursing (2017)

Abbott RA, Martin AE, Newlove-Delgado TV, Bethel A, Thompson-Coon J, Whear R, Logan S. Psychosocial interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2017) 1

Salmon HA, Chalk D, Stein K. How lack of information hampers decision making in ophthalmology. British Journal of Healthcare Management (2017) 23:1, 28-38

Bollen J, Trick L, Llewellyn D, Dickens C. The effects of acute inflammation on cognitive functioning and emotional processing in humans: A systematic review of experimental studies. Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2017) 

Chalk D, Legg A. Which factors are driving increasing demand for community nursing? A qualitative System Dynamics approach. British Journal of Community Nursing (2016) 22:1

Rogers M, Bethel A, Boddy K. The development of a MEDLINE search filter for identifying Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in health research. Health Libraries and Information Journal (2016)

Creanor S, Lloyd J, Hillsdon M, Dean S, Green C, Taylor RS, Ryan E, Wyatt K. Detailed statistical analysis plan for a cluster randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP), a novel school-based intervention to prevent obesity in school children. Trail (2016) 17:599

Liabo K, McKenna C, Ingold A, Roberts H. Leaving foster or residential care: a participatory study of care leavers’ experiences of health and social care transitions. Child: Care, Health and Development (2016)

Tabner A, Johnson G, Jones M, Patel R, Husk K, Parish R, Rees J, Henstridge V, Clark I, Thomas V, Hearnshaw C. Paediatricians: Are they just little adults? Emergency Medicine Journal (2016) 33:12

Behrman S, Wilkinson P, Lloyd H, Vincent C. Patient safety in community dementia services: what can we learn from the experiences of caregivers and healthcare professionals? Age and Ageing (2016) 45:6

Naldemirci O, Lydahl D, Britten N, Elam M, Moore L, Wolf A. Tenacious assumptions of person-centred care? Exploring tensions and variations in practice. Health (2016)

Tarrant M, Khan SS, Farrow CV, Shah P, Daly M, Kos K. Patient experiences of a bariatric group programme for managing obesity: A qualitative interview study.  British Journal of Health Psychology (2017) 22:1, 77-93

Frost J, Grose J, Britten N. A qualitative investigation of lay perspectives of diagnosis and self-management strategies employed by people with progressive multiple sclerosis. Health (2016) 1-21

Elliott LR, White MP, Taylor AH, Abraham C. How do brochures encourage walking in natural environments in the UK? A content analysis. Health Promotion International (2016) 1-12

Liabo K. Care leavers' involvement in research: an ethnographic case study on impact. Qualitative Social Work (2016)
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