Project Focus: Patient-Initiated Clinics
PenCLAHRC researchers have been evaluating a new to the management and care of patients with long-term conditions. Patient-initiated clinics put the patient in control, allowing them to contact their specialist departments whenever their symptoms worsen, instead of waiting for mandatory appointments, which are often unnecessary.
In collaboration with clinicians at Derriford Hospital
, Plymouth, this new system has been developed for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Patients can contact a specialist nurse-led telephone advice line whenever their condition deteriorates and are offered a face-to-face appointment within 10 working days if needed.
So far, over 450 patients have signed up to the 'Direct Access' scheme, with participants concluding they were happier with their care, finding the scheme accessible and convenient. The trial has also resulted in fewer GP visits than the traditional approach.
The project was recently featured on BBC Spotlight
and BBC Radio Cornwall
. You can also watch a video below featuring the Rheumatology nursing team and a patient who has participated in the Direct Access scheme.
In another piece of good news, we are also pleased to announce that the Patient-Initiated Clinics project has been shortlisted by the British Society for Rheumatology
for its Best Practice Awards. It has been recognised in the 'Patient Self Management and Decision-Making' Category. We look forward to hearing the outcome in March.
The Police Knowledge Fund
Grant success for PenCLAHRC projects
has awarded the University of Exeter and PenCLAHRC £250,000 to foster stronger collaborations between the police force and researchers, ensuring current practices are based in the best evidence of what is effective. The project, which started in September, will see the team help police find and use information to ensure the best outcomes for the police and public are achieved. Read more here
Professor Tamsin Ford
has been awarded a grant of £800,000 to conduct research to help young people suffering with ADHD transition from child services to adult services. The project plans to explore the current options available for young people when they are too old to stay within child services and will seek to identify how many young people would benefit from additional services. Read more here.
Professor Mary Watkins joins the House of Lords
We are pleased to be able to congratulate Professor Mary Watkins, Chair of the PenCLAHRC Management Board, who has recently been made a made a Baroness. She will become a cross-bench Peer in the House of Lords. Her peerage is in recognition of her many years of service in the nursing, education, social enterprise and housing sector. Read more here.
New BITE-sized research summaries
BITEs (Brokering Innovation Through Evidence) are short project summaries that aim to break down CLAHRC research into accessible bite-sized pieces. They aim to highlight the most important information and findings from our projects, and provide links for the reader to more in-depth information.
We have recently added four new BITEs to our library:
Project Focus: STARS
The STARS (Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools) project hopes to improve children’s experience at school by equipping teachers with fresh approaches to classroom management.
The project has been assessing the impact of a teacher classroom management course developed by The Incredible Years® - a U.S. based foundation that has produced interventions for parents, children, and teachers.
Over six one day workshops, the training examines the importance of teacher attention, encouragement and praise, explores the benefits of motivating children through incentives, and highlights ways to reduce inappropriate behaviours. Over 80 schools across Devon have taken part and early results have found very positive changes in the management of poor pupil behaviour. Read more about the project here.
You can watch a video about this project, below.
PenCLAHRC staff success
Congratulations to PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Vicki Goodwin, who has been made a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The Fellowship was awarded for Vicki's ‘significant contribution to the development of services for older people and contribution to the advancement of the physiotherapy profession’.
World class CLAHRC research
The national CLAHRC network of 13 CLAHRCs has produced a new brochure to highlights some of the world class research in which the CLAHRCs have been involved. The PenCLAHRC Stroke Pathways
project and the Tranexamic Acid in Trauma
project are both featured in the brochure.
You can read the full CLAHRC brochure, via this link
Current opportunities with PenCLAHRC
The PenCLAHRC team in Plymouth are looking to recruit two posts, a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and a Research Assistant (maternity cover).
Closing date for both posts is Tuesday 24th November. For more information on both posts, please visit our website.
Complex Interventions in Health Conference
On 14th and 15th October Professor David Richards
, PenCLAHRC Mental Health & Dementia Theme Lead, and Professor Ingalill Rahm-Hallberg of Lund University, Sweden, convened the conference Researching Complex Interventions in Health: The State of the Art at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter. The conference was a great success with a total of 190 delegates from 20 countries attending. Together with leading international contributors, delegates discussed the latest thinking in applied clinical health services research. Many of the speakers at the conference were contributors to a recently published research textbook
Twitter users can look back on the discussions taking place at the conference via the hashtag #ExeterComplex.