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Health Service Modelling Associates Programme

"We have developed the Health Service Modelling Associates programme in order to improve the integration and awareness of the potential of simulation and modelling techniques within the health service. We're very excited by this initiative and believe it will lead to significant improvements in the delivery of health services in the South West. We are also grateful to Simul8 Corporation for providing our HSMAs with the tools to develop exciting simulation models for their organisations."

Dr Dan Chalk, PenCHORD, Research Fellow
 

 

What is it?

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Programme is a scheme run by PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD. Working directly with staff from NHS organisations in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, the programme aims to support the increased use of operational research within health service development and decision making.

The Associates, who are released for one day a week from their substantive roles, undertake advanced modelling, simulation and analysis work on specific projects within their own organisations. They receive mentoring, support and training from PenCHORD, whilst being supported in their own organisation by an HSMA Workplace Supervisor. This supervisor facilitates the implementation of the HSMA's project and helps to champion the work within their wider organisation. The initial programme, which served as a pilot, started on 1st April 2016 for a period of twelve months.

One year after the scheme was launched, we now have a new website to track impacts and output, as well as to showcase its continued success: https://health-modelling.org

How to get involved

 

Why are we doing this?

We want to:

  • Work towards a culture in which OR methods are routinely used to support decisions within the NHS;

  • Build capacity within the NHS to generate and use evidence from models;

  • Increase the potential impact of modelling and simulation projects within the NHS;

  • Build towards a collaborative culture within and between NHS organisations, and between the NHS and research organisations;

  • Evaluate how best to integrate OR methods within the NHS.

 

How does it work?

Associates are selected on the basis of their current role, their skills and experience with basic modelling and the completion of PenCHORD's suite of training modules, as well as an evaluation of their proposed project. Along with receiving dedicated one-to-one support from their PenCHORD Mentor, the 2016 cohort of Associates attended monthly Learning Set meetings. These provided the HSMAs with an opportunity to meet and discuss their projects and any challenges they faced, as well as providing support through the sharing of experiences.

The pilot phase of the scheme focused on pathway modelling and, as well as supporting Associates to develop their proposed projects into robust research questions that can inform decision making, they received training in the use of Simul8 software.

An internal evaluation of the HSMA Programme is currently underway, led by the Implementation Science team.

 

2016 HSMAs and projects

2016 HSMA cohort with PenCHORD mentorsThe 2016 HSMA cohort, with the PenCHORD mentors

 

HSMA

Organisation

Job Title

Workplace Supervisor

PenCHORD Mentor

Initial Project Question

Alaric Moore

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Performance Improvement Manager

Laura Custerson - Accident & Emergency Cluster Manager

Sebastian Rachuba

How would the addition of a CDU affect patient flow and waiting times at RD&E A&E?

Hannah Trebilcock

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Audit Officer

Sarah Black - Research & Audit Manager

Kerry Pearn

What are the bottlenecks and delays in getting out-of-hospital medical cardiac arrest patients to definitive care?

Joe Turner

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Information Analyst

Pierre Rautenbach - Ophthalmology Consultant

Dan Chalk

What are the current constraints/ bottlenecks within the acute eye service and how can we minimise them?

Karl Vile

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Operational Manager - Acute Care Pathway

David Somerfield - Chief Operating Officer

Sean Manzi

How do we reduce bottlenecks (delayed discharge) in the Mental Health Acute Care Pathway?

Nic Harrison

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Senior Business Analyst

Andrew Burgess - Deputy Director of Operations

Andrew Salmon & Mike Allen

What will be the impact of changes to the North Devon District Hospital A&E?

Ryan Hunneman

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Service Improvement Lead

Neil Hammacott - Head of Service Improvement

Mike Allen & Emma Villenueve

How would variation in patient discharge rates throughout the week be affected by a Medical Specialist Registrar dedicated to discharge review over the weekend

 

Find out more

To mark the end of the first year of our HSMA programme we’ve launched a new website to showcase the impacts that this innovative programme has had on NHS Trusts across the South West.  You can visit the website at: https://health-modelling.org.

We held a showcase event in March 2017 to celebrate the first year of the programme and to hear about the projects that the HSMA had completed. You can read more about the event here.

Interested in joining the programme?

We plan to run this programme annually, and are currently planning the 2017 programme. More information and details on how to apply will be available in due course.

To find out more about the organisational requirements and project development guidance for the programme, you can download our 2016 FAQs document.

If you have any queries about the programme, please do not hesitate to  email us

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