Engaging Games Morning
We recently held and Engaging Games morning at PenCLAHRC to showcase the work that Dr Kath Maguire
from the PPI team
has been doing to develop activities that translate the concepts of evidence-based medicine into fun and practical games.
As part of the games morning people were encouraged to write stories for the PenCLAHRC Book of Fairy Tales. These are fairy tales that you might be familiar with, but with an evidence-based twist. Titles for the story book included The Three Little Statistical Pigs, The Princess and The Frog Test, The Emperor’s New Scare, The Princesses and The Peanut Surrogate and Winnie the Pooh and his woodland friends explore General Linear Modelling.
to find out more and to read stories from the Fairy Tale book.
PenCLAHRC Project Focus: The Check-up Study
The NHS Cardiovascular Health Check programme was introduced in England in 2009 to reduce cardiovascular disease mortality and morbidity for all patients aged 40 to 74 years old with no known history of such disease. The Check-up Study
aimed to identify factors influencing peoples' willingness to attend a health check. Working with four general practices in Torbay, a range of people were interviewed. These were people who had either attended or not attended their health check.
Attendees viewed the check as worthwhile, viewing it as a timely 'MOT' that allowed them to prevent serious illnesses before developing symptoms. Reasons for not attending were more varied, including people not viewing the check-up as a priority in their busy lives, some actively avoided their general practices when feeling well, and others did not want to 'waste' health professionals’ time. Misunderstandings of what the health check involved and negative views of what they might be told to do were common.
The findings suggest that tackling misconceptions through improving the clarity and brevity of invitations, better advertising, and simple administrative strategies such as sending reminder letters, have a considerable potential to improve health check attendance. Visit the project webpage
for further information or read their recently published paper.
PenCHORD Cornwall Showcase - June
- the operational research team of the CLAHRC - are hosting a special showcase event in Cornwall on 2nd June, in order to build collaboration and awareness of our work in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. We are also combining this with the delivery of the first two Modules of our training programme on 2nd June (PM) and 3rd June (all day). We are very keen for as many people to attend as possible who work in the NHS in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Those registering for the event should complete their details at this link
Jo Thompson Coon
Fourth Plymouth Dementia Conference
and Alison Bethel
from the Evidence Synthesis Team were recently invited to be part of the Fourth Plymouth Dementia Conference
. The theme of the conference was “Dementia: the challenges and inspirational solutions”. Angela Rippon, Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and chairperson for the Conference, opened the conference by welcoming everyone, and added many personal reflections and anecdotes throughout the inspiring and motivating day. The overall aim of the day was to showcase both local and national dementia friendly initiatives and share ideas.
Jo and Alison used the occasion to trial out dissemination ideas for the team’s recently published systematic reviews around dementia care (mealtimes
). Using the dementia gardens review as a focus, conference attendees were given the option to vote for their favourite form of dissemination: from on online video
, the full systematic review, an A4 sized poster and a smaller folding leaflet. The leaflet scored the most votes, and the team are currently looking at all comments received and working out what this might mean for future dissemination plans!
Changes to the PenCLAHRC website
The PenCLAHRC website
is about to undergo a facelift which we hope will improve the accessibility of content on the site, as well as its look and feel. As a result, there may be some disruption to the site over the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience during this time and look forward to introducing the new site to everyone soon! Please get in touch
with any comments or queries.
Current opportunities with PenCLAHRC
Associate Research Fellow in Patient and Public Involvement
. Closing date: 23rd April