Complex Interventions News


Join us to celebrate the launch of the University of Exeter's Academy of Nursing, being held at the RILD, Exeter on 31 May 2018. 

Come and listen to national and international nurse leaders give us their insights into how nursing will make a unique 21st century contribution to multi-professional patient care. The Academy is a joint project between the four NHS Trusts in Devon and the University of Exeter. Meet the local team to find out more about the Academy’s ambitious plans for health care in the South West.

By creating this Academy, the University will not only contribute to meeting the needs of our health care delivery partners regionally, but also provide a model for excellence in nursing education globally.


Vicki Goodwin MBE has been promoted to Associate Professor of Ageing and Rehabilitation.

Vicki was honoured with an MBE in the New year 2017 Honours List for significant achievement or outstanding service to Physiotherapy. See the staff news for more information.

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 


Well done 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.