NIHR ARC South West Peninsula (also known as PenARC) is the National Institute of Health Research's (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South West Peninsula, and is a partnership between the Universities of Plymouth, University of Exeter and NHS and Local Authority organisations across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. PenARC was first established as a CLAHRC in 2008 and is now part of a national network of 15 NIHR-funded ARCs.
The primary aims of PenARC are:
- through research and educational activity, to further embed and fuel the partnership between the NHS and academia, building research capacity in applied health research and implementation.
- to increase the partnership’s involvement in applied health research, to enable us to become a sustainable contributor to this field for the future.
- to promote engagement and involvement in research that reflects real clinical and service user concerns, contributing to the creation of a research reception culture in the local NHS.
PenARC has three key objectives:
- to increase the volume and quality of patient-focused research in the South West.
- to improve health outcomes by more effective use of evidence to drive health services.
- to increase capacity within the health economy to use and generate evidence.
Our model of partnership working across the whole research and practice continuum aims to address both the much discussed research-into-practice gap and the equally important practice-into-research gap.
PenARC is represented in the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences by Deputy Director Professor Richard Byng and a team of research fellows and support staff. Professor Byng is also a GP and Professor in Primary Care within the Centre for Clinical Trials and Population Studies.
PenARC currently conducts research grouped around five main research themes:
- complex care
- mental health
- public health
- methods for research and improvement.
The ARCs also work together on a number of national leadership areas, led by specific ARCs. PenARC are leading in the area of child health.