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Current research

Recent research grants awarded include:

  • Evaluating the impact of the implementation of patient information videos into cardiology clinical pathways of care with respect to health economics and patient experience. Dr Phil Keeling, TSDFT. October 19- September 20. Grant awarded: £9,273.

The primary aim is this research is to evaluate the health economic benefits and impact on the patient experience associated with the introduction of patient information videos. The cardiology department at Torbay hospital are leaders in the use of patient information videos in cardiology research studies and have recently published on their use in the redesign of their Linq implantation service (1). This 4 month project will focus on the introduction of patient information videos for patients having implantable cardiac devices (pacemakers and complex devices cardiac devices).  The research will gather data on both patient and staff satisfaction with this change in practice and on the impact on the number (and duration) of face to face consultations conducted.

This research will be conducted in collaboration with York Univeristy (York Health Economic Consortium) and use a health economics framework developed by them. The development of the framework has been supported by the SW AHSN

Sharnam V, Iacovides S, Cleverdon L, Taggu W, Keeling PJ. ICMs can be routinely implanted in a non-theatre environment by a cardiac physiologist. Jan 2019. Br J Cardiol 2019;26(1)doi:10.5837/bjc.2019.003

  • Treating Crohn’s Disease with a Whole-Food Dietary Intervention. Dr Alan Desmond, TSDFT.    June – December 2018. Grant awarded: £32,710.
  • The Impact of Self-management Education on Health Outcomes in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr Lucie Wilk, TSDFT. March 2017 – May 2018. Grant awarded: £30,867
  • Can the integration of primary, secondary, and community care reduce unplanned admissions, deliver cost savings, and provide better care in elderly patients? Dr David Attwood & Dr Nick D’Arcy, TSDFT. 1st December 2016 – 18th February 2017. Grant awarded: £131,892
  • What are the end of life care needs and preferences of older people living in the community as perceived by the older people themselves, and do these change over time? Carol Gray, TSDFT. September 2016 – September 2017. Grant awarded: £4,246
  • Is there an association between levels of plasma morphine-6-glucuronide and subjective pain scores in community-managed adult patients prescribed long term codeine phosphate? Dr Andrew Gunatilleke, TSDFT. January 2017 – December 2017. Grant awarded: £4,425
  • An exploration into whether singing is a useful way of supporting people living in Torbay & South Devon to self manage aspects of their COPD and associated social isolation. Dr Elizabeth Ginn, TSDFT. October 2016 – September 2017. Grant awarded: £23,708
  • Assessing the ability of a panel of biomarkers (hs-Troponin T, NTproBNP and ST2) to detect cardiotoxicity in a cohort of patients treated with epirubicin for breast cancer. Dr Aabha Sharma with Dr Phil Keeling, Dr Peter Bliss, Joe Bailey,  TSDFT. Oct 2016 – April 2018. Grant awarded: £10,200
  • Can the naturally high levels of urease inhibitors present in chamomile, pomegranate and watercress be extracted and classified? Dr Kyle Stewart & University of Exeter.  April 2016 – June 2017. Grant awarded: £50,000
  • How effective is immersive three dimensional video in supplementing simulation training experiences of doctors & medical staff in developing their skills in communication, compassion and empathy. Nick Peres, TSDFT.  April 2016 – Mar 19. Grant awarded: £49,548
  • How can multiple initiatives for integrated care improve experience and outcomes for patients with multiple long term conditions in the Torbay and South Devon area.Professor Richard Byng, PenCLARHC  & Professor Ben Benjamin, TSDFT.  January  2016-31 December 2018. Grant awarded: £170,215
  • Can a structured exercise programme improve the predicted survival for planned abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery patients? Dr Mike Swart, TSDFT. January 2016-December 2017. Grant awarded £50,466
  • Does measurement of serum nitrate concentration improve the early diagnosis of infective gastroenteritis? Dr Miranda Smallwood, University of Exeter & Professor Ben Benjamin, TSDFT.  January  2016 – December 2016.  Grant awarded: £48,115
  • The clinical effectiveness of non-surgical management of hip dysplasia in children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Rachel Rapson, Physiotherapy, TSDFT.  October 2014- October 2015. Grant awarded: £7,000

Other grants awarded include:

  • Research fellowship award. 3yrs starting Spring 2013.
    PHD  – To build explanatory theory as to how and why an ‘Enhanced Recovery Programme in Acute Medicine’ (ERM) works for whom and under what circumstances, in an NHS hospital in England. Helen Newman-Allen, University  of Exeter in partnership with TSDFT.
  • Randomised trial of four to six week follow-up vs non medical follow up after uncomplicated cataract extraction. Mr Andrew Frost, TSDFT & Dr Kaveh Vahdani, Registrar.  October 2012- October 2016 Grant awarded: 22,000
  • Brain plasticity and rehabilitation: a structural and functional MRI study of rehabilitation for massive irreparable rotator cuff tear (the CRAB study).  Miss Veronica Conboy. TSDFT.  October 2009 – October 2016. Grant awarded: £121,287

Recently completed studies:

  • Predicting difficulty in caring for the arm after stroke and developing a longitudinal profile of impairment and disability. Rhoda Allison,  Stroke Services,  TSDFT. September 2011 – January 2016.   Grant awarded: £48,541. Completed. April 2016
  • Prevention of foot ulcer recurrence in people with diabetes using an in-shoe pressure measurement technology: pilot study. Richard Collings, Podiatry, TSDFT.  October 2014-October 2015. Grant awarded; £25,079
    Completed April. 2016TMRF research