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PenCLAHRC Matters - October 2015

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the October edition of the PenCLAHRC Matters newsletter. With winter fast approaching it feels like a long time since our summer newsletter. As you will see from the news below, we remain as busy as ever and this month I'm pleased to be able to share with you a number of personal successes for colleagues, in addition to project and grant successes. 

Many of you work in teams and organisations where the issue of 'impact' looms large, and PenCLAHRC is no exception. Next year will mark the halfway point of our current round of funding and we are already starting to think about how we can communicate our achievements so far. With that in mind, you can find out more below about two such success stories - the Patient-Initiated Clinics (PIC) project and the Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools (STARS) project. I think that both of these projects showcase the brilliant work that is going on across PenCLAHRC and the real impact that our research is having on people across the South West. I encourage you to watch the videos and let me know what you think.

With best wishes, 

Stuart Logan
Director of PenCLAHRC

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.

Grant success for PenCLAHRC projects

The Police Knowledge Fund 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.
PenCLAHRC Staff News
Welcome to our new members of staff:

Weyinmi Demeyin - PhD Student
Kristin Liabo - Senior Research Fellow, Patient and Public Involvement
Helen Burchmore - Associate Research Fellow, Patient and Public Involvement

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

Events Diary

Continuing Professional Development Courses: Health Statistics, Systematic Reviews, Health Economics and more
The University of Exeter Medical School is offering a range of focused short courses, workshops, and education days for healthcare professionals that meet Continuing Professional Development needs, designed and delivered by faculty who have a clear understanding of the professional development needs of fellow professionals, whatever stage of career or areas of practice.
For more information and to book your place, click here.

Health Statistic Group
Speak to a members of the Health Statistics team for assistance with your statistics-related queries.
17th November
17th December

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. For further information and future dates click here.

Living with Meniere's disease: Implications for practice
19th November 2015
Time: 17.30 - 19.00
Location: Seminar Room 1, RILD Building, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Click here for more information.

Patient and Public Involvement Advice Clinic
These clinics have been set up to respond to PPI-related queries. From finding out more about PPI, to creating a PPI strategy for a research bid, you can speak to one of our researchers who can advise you.
2015 Dates:
16th November, Plymouth
17th November, Exeter
1st December, Exeter
7th December, Plymouth

Optimising the use of Antipsychotic Medication and non-pharmacological treatment for people with Dementia
Date: 6th January 2016
Time: 12.30 - 17.00
Location: Reed Hall, Exeter

Click here for more information.

For information about all our events, see the PenCLAHRC events webpages.

Recent Publications

Abbott R, Whear R, Nikolaou V, Bethel A, Thompson Coon J, Stein K, Dickens C. Tumour necrosis factor α inhibitor therapy in chronic physical illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect on depression and anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2015; 79(3): 175-184

Armstrong M, Morris C, Abraham C, Ukoumunne O, Tarrant M. Children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a cross-sectional study. Disability and Rehabilitation 2015

Brand S, Fleming LE, Wyatt KM. Tailoring Healthy Workplace Interventions to Local Healthcare Settings: A Complexity Theory-Informed Workplace of Well-Being Framework. The Scientific World Journal 2015, Article ID 340820

Byng R, Howerton A, Owens C, Campbell J. Pathways to suicide attempts among male offenders: the role of agency. Sociology of Health & Illness 2015; 37(6): 936-951

Ciani O, Buyse M, Garside R, Peters J, Saad ED, Stein K, Taylor RS. Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials show suboptimal validity of surrogate outcomes for overall survival in advanced colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2015; 68 (7): 833-842

Lovell R, Husk K, Cooper C, Stahl-Timmins W, Garside R. Understanding how environmental enhancement and conservation activities may benefit health and wellbeing: a systematic review. BMC Public Health 2015; 15: 864

Pearson M, Brand SL, Quinn C, Shaw J, Maguire M, Michie S, Briscoe S, Lennox C, Stirzaker A, Kirkpatrick T, Byng R. Using realist review to inform intervention development: Methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health. Implementation Science 2015; 10:134

Thompson Coon J, Gwernan-Jones R, Moore D, Richardson M, Shotton C, Pritchard W, Morris C, Stein K, Ford T. End-user involvement in a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research of non-pharmacological interventions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings:  reflections on the impacts and challenges. Health Expectations 2015; doi:10.1111/hex.12400.

To find more PenCLAHRC publications visit our Publications Database
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