Strengthening partnerships through research to tackle male violence against women and girls in Plymouth

Lynne Callaghan, Lucy Cartwright, Emma Hazeldine, Nick Axford and Laura Gill are excited to announce that they have secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for – Strengthening partnerships through research to tackle male violence against women and girls in Plymouth. It’s an ambitious project that is aiming to understand what is… Continue reading Strengthening partnerships through research to tackle male violence against women and girls in Plymouth

Where did PROGROUP come from?

We’re 18 months into the study and “PROGROUP” is proving to be quite a journey of discovery about attitudes to obesity! The origins of PROGROUP now seem half a lifetime away, but perhaps that just confirms that you have to take a “long view” in research. So here’s the long view on PROGROUP.At the time,… Continue reading Where did PROGROUP come from?

Implementing Functional Imagery Training into healthcare settings – by Sarah Greene

Functional Imagery Training (FIT) is an intervention that draws upon motivational interviewing techniques combined with multi-sensory imagery. This is with the aim of increasing intrinsic motivation and further strengthening behaviour change by practicing working towards goals through imagery. The imagery supports individuals to focus on the positive feelings that success can bring and how they… Continue reading Implementing Functional Imagery Training into healthcare settings – by Sarah Greene

Dental Pain in Care Homes

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines chronic pain as that which persists beyond the expected healing time which often has no identifiable cause, and no clear pathway to a cure (IASP 2020, Malik 2020). Common chronic pain syndromes are well documented within the care home setting, but what about dental pain?… Continue reading Dental Pain in Care Homes

Buying interventions: are comparison websites helpful? – Nick Axford

Whether we’re buying a new computer, washing machine or holiday, most of us have probably used websites that allow us to compare prices or read expert and consumer views before we click ‘purchase’. So websites that give the lowdown on interventions to improve child and youth well-being won’t be a completely unfamiliar concept. Recent years… Continue reading Buying interventions: are comparison websites helpful? – Nick Axford

Reflections on SAPC-SW by Charley Hobson-Merrett

Reflections on SAPC-SW The South-West Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC-SW) conference is a local, friendly, conference attended by a delightful mixture of practitioners and academics.  The variety of attendees and the localised nature of the conference result in presentation content that is an interesting melting pot of clinical and PhD student projects, results from… Continue reading Reflections on SAPC-SW by Charley Hobson-Merrett

‘Pulling complex patients out from under the sofa’ – seven considerations for remote consultations with those who have additional needs’

Sarah Rybczynska-Bunt and Richard Byng ask GPs what the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us about remote consulting for patients with complex health and social care needs ‘It comes back to what it is our attitude towards these patients and whether we have a willingness to deal with these people or whether we would rather they… Continue reading ‘Pulling complex patients out from under the sofa’ – seven considerations for remote consultations with those who have additional needs’

Children and Young People Social Prescribing – now known as CHOICES!

A team funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research and led by Kerryn Husk (University of Plymouth) and Vashti Berry (University of Exeter), with Jane Smith, (APeX, University of Exeter) is in the early stages of a project which aims to extend the evidence base for how children… Continue reading Children and Young People Social Prescribing – now known as CHOICES!

Judging capacity in dementia studies: Insights from face-to-face and remote recruitment  

The Dementia – PersonAlised Care Team (D-PACT) programme is an NIHR funded project, aimed at developing and evaluating a dementia support worker intervention based in general practice for individuals living with dementia and their carers. Our website has full details: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/primarycare/dementia/dementia-personalised-care-team Current NIHR guidance advocates that research should strive to improve the inclusion of individuals with dementia, including those who lack capacity… Continue reading Judging capacity in dementia studies: Insights from face-to-face and remote recruitment