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Dr Claire Pentecost

Dr Claire Pentecost

Research Fellow

01392 72 4653

South Cloisters 3.01

Claire started her research career working for the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys’ and St Thomas’s Hospital as Project Manager on a project funded by the IOC and EU to develop a test for catching Growth Hormone doping athletes. Claire then moved to Kings College London at St Thomas' Hospital to design and implement exercise intervention studies for people with endocrine disorders such as type 2 diabetes, growth hormone deficiency and Metabolic Syndrome X. This is where Claire gained a 2 year grant from Guys and St Thomas' Hospitals Charity to test a pilot Exercise on Referral service for people with Type 2 diabetes in South London. Claire then undertook her PhD: ‘Factors affecting uptake and adherence to exercise referral for people with chronic conditions’ at London South Bank University. Claire then was the deputy manager for the Primary Care Research Network for Greater London before moving to the University of Exeter as trial manager of BAcPAc, a pilot study combining Behavioral Activation with Physical Activity promotion, and delivered within IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).

Claire is currently working within the Complex Interventions Research Group at the University of Exeter Medical School, working on Essential Care in Nursing. This project addresses the lack of evidence in essential nursing care practices around topics including eating and drinking, washing and dressing, mobility and communication. We will be implementing a number of clinical trials that will involve nurses and patients in different care settings (care homes, Hospital and in patients’ own homes). This project involves collaboration with academics and researchers at the University of Plymouth the University of Southampton, charities (AgeUK and Healthwatch) and with patients as advisors.

Broad research specialisms

Claire’s research had predominantly involved the development and evaluation of interventions for changes in behaviour to impact on physical and mental health benefits.

This has involved:

Developing and implementing randomised controlled trials for behaviour change

Qualitative research (Collecting and analysing data from focus groups and using in depth interviewing)

Process evaluation

Research project management

Systematic reviews

Twitter: @ClairePentecost

Qualifications

PhD

Bsc Hon

Links

Research

Research interests

Exercise behaviour change

Health Psychology

Complex interventions

Research projects

Essential Nursing Care

Grants/Funding

  • NIHR Programme Development Grant
  • MRC NPRI
  • Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals Charity
  • International Olympic Comittee and European Union

Research grants

  • 0 National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit
    Our aim is to study a new system to improve the quality of care for patients in hospitals and determine whether it is also relevant for nursing/care homes. We plan to develop and test an intervention that will focus on the ‘essentials of nursing care’ using a process called the ‘amalgamation of marginal gains’ (AMG). This Development grant will first address key uncertainties before we can progress to the full Programme Grant. This phase will involve a systematic review of essential nursing care interventions, understanding improved performance from experienced AMG practitioners through qualitative interviews, and developing and strengthening the project team.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Pentecost C, Farrand P, Greaves CJ, Taylor RS, Warren FC, Hillsdon M, Green C, Welsman JR, Rayson K, Evans PH, et al (2015). Combining behavioural activation with physical activity promotion for adults with depression: findings of a parallel-group pilot randomised controlled trial (BAcPAc). Trials, 16(367), 1-15. Abstract.  Full text.
Farrand P, Pentecost C, Greaves C, Taylor RS, Warren F, Green C, Hillsdon M, Evans P, Welsman J, Taylor AH, et al (2014). A written self-help intervention for depressed adults comparing behavioural activation combined with physical activity promotion with a self-help intervention based upon behavioural activation alone: study protocol for a parallel group pilot randomised controlled trial (BAcPAc). Trials, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pentecost C, Taket A (2011). Understanding exercise uptake and adherence for people with chronic conditions: a new model demonstrating the importance of exercise identity, benefits of attending and support. Health Education Research, 26(5), 908-922. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Pentecost C, Farrand P, Greaves CJ, Taylor RS, Warren FC, Hillsdon M, Green C, Welsman JR, Rayson K, Evans PH, et al (2015). Combining behavioural activation with physical activity promotion for adults with depression: findings of a parallel-group pilot randomised controlled trial (BAcPAc). Trials, 16(367), 1-15. Abstract.  Full text.
Farrand P, Pentecost C, Greaves C, Taylor RS, Warren F, Green C, Hillsdon M, Evans P, Welsman J, Taylor AH, et al (2014). A written self-help intervention for depressed adults comparing behavioural activation combined with physical activity promotion with a self-help intervention based upon behavioural activation alone: study protocol for a parallel group pilot randomised controlled trial (BAcPAc). Trials, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Healy ML, Gibney J, Pentecost C, Wheeler MJ, Sonksen PH (2014). Endocrine profiles in 693 elite athletes in the postcompetition setting. Clinical Endocrinology, 81(2), 294-305. Abstract.
Pentecost C, Taket A (2011). Understanding exercise uptake and adherence for people with chronic conditions: a new model demonstrating the importance of exercise identity, benefits of attending and support. Health Education Research, 26(5), 908-922. Abstract.
Shojaee-Moradie D, Baynes CR, Pentecost CL, Bell JD, Thomas EL, Jackson N, Stolinski M, Whyte M, Lovell D, Bowes SB, et al (2007). Exercise training reduced fatty acid availability and improves the insulin sensitivity of glucose metabolism. Diabetologia, 50(2), 404-413.
Alam S, Stolinski M, Pentecost CL, Boroujerdi MA, Jones RH, Sonksen PH, Umpleby AM (2004). The effect of a six-month exercise program on very-low density lipoprotien B secretion in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 89(2), 688-694.
Healy ML, Gibney J, Russel-Jones DL, Pentecost CL, Croos P, Sonksen PH, Umpleby AM (2003). High dose growth hormone exerts an anabolic effect at rest and during exercise in endurance-trained athletes. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 88(11), 5221-5226.

Publications by year


2015

Pentecost C, Farrand P, Greaves CJ, Taylor RS, Warren FC, Hillsdon M, Green C, Welsman JR, Rayson K, Evans PH, et al (2015). Combining behavioural activation with physical activity promotion for adults with depression: findings of a parallel-group pilot randomised controlled trial (BAcPAc). Trials, 16(367), 1-15. Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Farrand P, Pentecost C, Greaves C, Taylor RS, Warren F, Green C, Hillsdon M, Evans P, Welsman J, Taylor AH, et al (2014). A written self-help intervention for depressed adults comparing behavioural activation combined with physical activity promotion with a self-help intervention based upon behavioural activation alone: study protocol for a parallel group pilot randomised controlled trial (BAcPAc). Trials, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Healy ML, Gibney J, Pentecost C, Wheeler MJ, Sonksen PH (2014). Endocrine profiles in 693 elite athletes in the postcompetition setting. Clinical Endocrinology, 81(2), 294-305. Abstract.

2011

Pentecost C, Taket A (2011). Understanding exercise uptake and adherence for people with chronic conditions: a new model demonstrating the importance of exercise identity, benefits of attending and support. Health Education Research, 26(5), 908-922. Abstract.

2007

Shojaee-Moradie D, Baynes CR, Pentecost CL, Bell JD, Thomas EL, Jackson N, Stolinski M, Whyte M, Lovell D, Bowes SB, et al (2007). Exercise training reduced fatty acid availability and improves the insulin sensitivity of glucose metabolism. Diabetologia, 50(2), 404-413.

2004

Alam S, Stolinski M, Pentecost CL, Boroujerdi MA, Jones RH, Sonksen PH, Umpleby AM (2004). The effect of a six-month exercise program on very-low density lipoprotien B secretion in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 89(2), 688-694.

2003

Healy ML, Gibney J, Russel-Jones DL, Pentecost CL, Croos P, Sonksen PH, Umpleby AM (2003). High dose growth hormone exerts an anabolic effect at rest and during exercise in endurance-trained athletes. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 88(11), 5221-5226.

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) Study Support Unit facilitator and assessor

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