Complex Interventions News


Dr Vicki Goodwin is involved in a new simulation suite, in partnership with Engineering, which she will use to understand the experience of people with dementia. Read more here.

The results of the COBRA trial published in The Lancet

Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (COBRA): a randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial.  The results of this four year study comparing BA and CBT as treatments for depression, was published in The Lancet  on 22nd July 2016.  The study found that BA, a simpler psychological treatment than CBT, can be delivered by junior mental health workers with less intensive and costly training, with no lesser effect than CBT. Effective psychological therapy for depression can be delivered without the need for costly and highly trained professionals.  Read the full article here: COBRA article Lancet 22 July 2016

National Institute for Health Research Personal Fellowship Awards: What are they and how to get one!

Held on 19th May 2016 at EMS building, St Lukes Campus.

This seminar led by Professor Dave Richards, was well attended by a range of researchers and health care staff. As a member of the panel for the Doctoral awards and NIHR Senior Investigator, he was able to share his insights into what the panel are looking for and how to improve your chances of success.

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To watch the seminar again or catch up if you could'nt attend,  view it at the UEMS recordings site


New funding

Congratulations to Dr Vicki Goodwin, who along with a team of researchers, has received £2 million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme to conduct a five year national study looking at how rehabilitation can be improved for older people with frailty, following discharge from hospital after an acute illness or injury.
Dr Vicki Goodwin is also part of a new £7.2 million government-funded national research facility at the universities of Exeter and Bath, to research the impact of vibrations from very tall buildings, wobbly bridges and floors on people’s health and wellbeing. 

Professor David Richards and colleagues have been awarded almost £100,000 as a Programme Development Grant from the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme.  The ‘ESSENCE’ project ( Amalgamating marginal gains in ESSENtial Nursing CarE) aims to develop, test and evaluate a complex intervention leading to better outcomes for patients in hospital. The ESSENCE intervention is based on a successful model used in elite sports and health services organisational change, and will focus on areas of nursing behaviour with the potential for small margins of improvement (communication, eating and drinking, going to the toilet, mobility and washing and dressing), and then amalgamate them into a an overall effective care improvement strategy.

The successful co-applicants include a strong team of patient and public representatives, methodologists and researchers from Exeter Medical School (Julia Frost, Vicki Goodwin, Antonietta Medera-Lara, Rod Taylor and Claire Pentecost) together with researchers from Plymouth Southampton, and senior clinical and nursing managers at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Completion of the developmental work will place the team in a strong position to submit a competitive NIHR Programme Grant in autumn 2017.

For more information, please see our ESSEnCE project page.