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Evidence Synthesis Team

The Evidence Synthesis Team (EST) sits within ESMI and is a workstream within PenARC - the NIHR ARC for the South West Peninsula. PenARC is a partnership between the University of Exeter Medical School, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), and health service organisations throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

PenARC's main aim is to improve health outcomes for patients and the public through the conduct and translation of patient-focused research. To do this PenARC promotes a partnership between the NHS and academia that will lead to engagement and involvement in research that reflects real clinical concerns.

What we do

Within the ESMI research group, the Evidence Synthesis Team (EST) supports PenARC's objectives through four sets of activities:

  • by supporting PenARC's prioritisation processes
  • by undertaking evidence synthesis research to address priority questions where primary research evidence exists; or through using evidence and local data to explore potential new ways of organising services (operational research)
  • by supporting applications for external funding to support new research to resolve PenARC's priority questions and to support the evaluation of implementation activities with the NHS, and
  • by developing capacity, through provision of clinics and workshops, for others to undertake evidence-based research.

Current activity

To view the extensive range of reviews that we are currently working on or have previously led or been involved with, please visit the PenCLAHRC website or read the Evidence Synthesis Team blog

As well as reviews, we are running a seminar series to help researchers communicate their research more creatively (#creativecomms) - find out more on the Creative Communication webpage

Contact us

You can contact us by email at You can also follow us on Twitter @EvidSynthTeam and read our blog.
For further information about PenCLAHRC please visit:

The team

Workstream Lead: Jo Thompson-Coon
Executive Lead: Ken Stein
Team: Rebecca Abbott (Senior Research Fellow)
  Alison Bethel (Information Specialist)
  Ruth Gwernan-Jones (Research Fellow)
  Noreen Orr (Research Fellow)
  Morwenna Rogers (Information Specialist)
  Harriet Hunt (Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis)
  Becky Whear (Research Fellow)