Ambulance call-out research leads to positive changes for ambulance service trust
PenCLAHRC's operational modelling team, PenCHORD
, have recently featured in the regional news for their research exploring the driving factors behind the rise in ambulance call-outs in the South West.
The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
(SWASFT) asked the team to investigate the annual growth in activities relating to 999 incidences, which has seen a rise of 24 per cent over the past four years.
By developing a computer simulation, the research team were able to decipher the factors that most influence demand for ambulance services in the South West.
The results of the research are already being used by the local ambulance service trust to work with commissioners to introduce positive changes, and to reinforce its track record for using research to develop its services.
To read more about this story and view coverage from BBC Spotlight, visit our news story page
Investigating the health benefits of contact with the natural environment
PenCLAHRC Research Fellow, Dr Kerryn Husk
, and a team of Cochrane authors, have carried out a review investigating the health benefits of contact with the natural environment.
The team worked alongside Cochrane Public Health
to assess the health and well-being impacts on adults, following participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities. Participants were volunteers or had been referred to take part in the investigation by a healthcare professional.
The results of the review found that although there was no reported effects on health and well-being, evidence did suggest positive effects on self-reported health, quality of life and physical activity levels.
Read more about this project in the news story section
of our website.
Images of Research competition
PenCLAHRC Research Fellow, Kate Boddy
from the Public and Patient Involvement team, was one of the winners in this year’s Images of Research competition with her image called ‘Public Participation’.
The image, which won under the theme of Collaboration, allowed Kate to highlight the work of the PPI team to a wide audience, including students, academics and members of the general public.
The winning image (above) will be permanently displayed in the ‘Research Commons’ on Streatham Campus.
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PenCLAHRC projects included in successful NIHR case study report
As the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) reaches its tenth anniversary, a report by the Policy for Research in Science and Medicine (PRiSM) unit
has been commissioned by the Department of Health to consider the question: “What are the ways in which the NIHR has benefited the health research landscape of the past ten years?”
The report identifies 100 examples of positive changes as a result of the ten years of NIHR support and we are delighted that three PenCLAHRC projects have been featured in the report.
To find out which of our projects have been included, visit the news story section
of our website.
Acclaim for PenCLAHRC's operational research team
High praise has been given to PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD,
by the former National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke at the Department of Health. This followed the recent presentation of the teams work on the mapping and reconfiguration of hyperacute stroke services in Wales
Speaking about the PenCHORD team, Professor Sir Roger Boyle CBE said:
"The modelling exercise undertaken by PenCHORD at Exeter University Medical School exploring the possible configuration of acute stroke services in Wales was a difficult task given the scattered nature of the Welsh population. However the report demonstrated very clearly how the difficult issues of travel time could be addressed in order to optimise outcomes. In my opinion, the PenCHORD modelling team are the best that we have in this country. Well done.
You can read about this project on our website
Image of the PenCHORD team
Reducing paediatric admissions in A&E
The number of children arriving at Accident and Emergency departments throughout the UK is growing, causing a large amount of strain on these departments. However, a new PenCLAHRC project is helping to tackle this problem by analysing the factors that could be responsible for the rise in paediatric admissions.
Partnering with the South West Strategic Clinical Network
and working alongside 14 NHS trusts across the South West region, the team has been able to map the different approaches to paediatric care throughout the hospitals, which has enabled them to develop a picture of what interventions are most effective.
With pilot data already collected and analysed, the team hope that these insights will eventually form the basis for guidance that can be implemented across the UK.
You can read about this story in more detail by visiting our news story page
Meet the PenCLAHRC team
PenCLAHRC has grown hugely in size since our doors first opened in 2008 and we now have almost 100 CLAHRC-supported staff and students across the South West. In our continuing series, we are interviewing 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 PenCLAHRC Research Administrator, Margaret Hart
What do you do at/with PenCLAHRC?
I work with Primary Care and PenCLAHRC colleagues at Plymouth University, supporting each stage of research across a range of projects and initiatives.
How long have you worked at/with PenCLAHRC?
Four and a half years.
What do you like most about your job?
Working with enthusiastic and fun colleagues, seeing people, teams and projects grow and succeed, and playing a (small) part in all of this!
What’s the hardest part about your job?
Saying goodbye when people leave, keeping up with all the changes, growth and new projects - as well as staying on top of the endless variety of tasks to be done.
If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?
I might be living in the Cotswolds ...
The Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit for Childhood Disability Research
(PenCRU) have secured funding from the Brain Tumour Charity for their project, ‘The PROMOTE Study: Patient Reported Outcome Measures Online To Enhance Communication and Quality of Life after childhood brain tumour’.
The project will be a collaboration between Exeter, Southampton, Nottingham, UCL and Amsterdam University and is due to start in January 2017.
: 1st September 2016
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Services Research
: 13th September 2016
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