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PenCLAHRC Matters - August 2014

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the August 2014 issue of the PenCLAHRC Matters e-newsletter. I hope that you have had an opportunity to enjoy the summer, which seems to have flown by quickly!

August tends to be a quieter month for some of us, but we have have been busy here at PenCLAHRC. Our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team have been going out and talking about the conceptual framework they have developed to support their innovative approach to increasing involvement and engagement with research.

We have also been busy arranging training and capacity development activities for the coming months. I'm particularly keen to promote our Making Sense of Evidence workshops, which are designed for healthcare professional and provide a practical introduction to how to use research evidence to support practice. If you're interested in attending, or arranging a session for your team or organisation, please get in touch.

You can read more about these activities, and others, below.

With best wishes, 

Stuart Logan
Director of PenCLAHRC

Making Sense of Evidence 2014 Workshops

Book now for PenCLAHRC's 2014 Making Sense of Evidence workshops: A introductory workshop on the practical use of evidence in practice, this course is aimed at healthcare professionals based within the South West region who wish to gain knowledge of finding and appraising evidence in everyday practice where time is short. Previous attendees have said:

"Really good, enjoyable day!  I have learnt a great deal."

"A valuable development study day with ideas to put into practice in the workplace.  Inspirational.  Thank you."

These workshops will take place on 19th September 2014 and the 6th and 7th November 2014. More information is available on the PenCLAHRC training pages or click here to book via the online store.

Patient and Public Involvement

Jo Welsman and Andy Gibson from our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team were invited to speak at a recent NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London (NWL) summer collaborative learning event. They spoke on their conceptual framework for evaluating and planning patient and public Involvement in research (see Health 2012; 16:531-47). They gave two presentations attended by around 70 people. The presentations were positively received with many of the attendees expressing an interest in Jo and Andy running these workshops for their PPI groups.

CLAHRC Partnership Programme Newsletter - Public Health

The CLAHRC Partnership Programme works with all 13 CLAHRCs to promote their research and outputs. Its most recent newsletter focused on the area of Public Health and featured a number of stories about PenCLAHRC projects. Work on Falls, ACEmobile, appointment schedulinghypertension monitoring, and mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MCBT) were all featured. You can read more here.

Knowledge mobilisation blog

Learning, Knowing, Doing: Adventures in Knowledge Mobilisation, is a blog written by Prof Rob Anderson, Rebecca Hardwick, Dr Iain Lang and Dr Mark Pearson. There are a number of engaging posts discussing different aspects of transferring knowledge to practice such as The why and how of mobilisation: on researching KM processes. The blog will be of interest to anyone involved in health care services research, policy or practice. Read more here

7th PenCHORD Seminar

The 7th PenCHORD Seminar, Showcase and Workshop event (17/09/14) is themed around “Live Simulation”.  We are delighted to announce that Andrew Fordyce (Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Clinical Systems Engineer and Deputy Director of the Horizon Institute, Torbay Hospital) will be giving a talk about the Live Simulation work that he headed in 2011, which led to significant improvements to the clinical pathway for fractured neck of femur patients. As always, attendance at this event is free-of-charge, and we offer a complementary lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  Book via this link, and please direct queries to PenCHORD@exeter.ac.uk.


NIHR New Media Competition

If you are a researcher, a patient or a member of the public involved in NIHR funded research you can enter the NIHR new media competition. Find out more here.

NIHR Photo Competition 2014

Results of the NIHR Photo Competition have been announced. The theme was ‘People and research’ there were 8 winning entries. Find out more here.


PenCLAHRC people

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

Events Diary

'Biomedical Research Celebration and Services Launch of the Plymouth University Systems Biology Centre' Tuesday 2nd September, 09:00 – 16:30 (with drinks reception until 18:30) Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University, Plymouth PL4 8AA
Follow this link to register for the event.

PenCLAHRC Searching and Review Clinics
Whether you are an academic or an NHS professional who needs to know where to start on the systematic review process or how to go about designing a search strategy, you can book an appointment with one of our reviewers or information specialists. Book here for the 9th September 2014. For further information and future dates click here.

NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber and NIHR CLAHRC North Thames are jointly holding a ‘Trials within Cohorts’ Symposium, 10th - 11th November, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, Manson Lecture Theatre
Those with an interest in practical trial design are invited to participate in the symposium. Visit this link for more information or to book your place. Contact Kate Collins (kate.collins@ucl.ac.uk) with any questions about the event.

Recent Publications

Poltawski L, Boddy K, Forster A, Goodwin V, Pavey AC, Dean S. Motivators for uptake and maintenance of exercise: perceptions of long-term stroke survivors and implications for design of exercise programmes. Disability and Rehabilitation 2014.

Thompson-Coon J, Abbott R, Rogers M, Whear R, Pearson S, Lang I, Cartmell N, Stein K. Interventions to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing of Antipsychotic Medications in People With Dementia Resident in Care Homes: A Systematic Review. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2014.

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.

Welsman J, Gibson A, Heaton J, Britten N. Rapid response: The BMJ's Own Patient Story. BMJ 2014;348:3726
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