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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 new scheme being 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 HSMAs, who will be released for one day a week from their substantive roles, will undertake advanced modelling, simulation and analysis work on specific projects within their own organisations. They will receive mentoring, support and training from PenCHORD, whilst being supported in their own organisation by an HSMA Workplace Supervisor. This supervisor will facilitate the implementation of the HSMA's project and help to champion the work within their wider organisation. This initial programme will serve as a pilot, commencing on 1st April 2016 for a period of twelve months.

Find out more about the HSMA scheme and 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 have been 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 current cohort of Associates will attend monthly Learning Set meetings. These will provide the HSMAs with an opportunity to meet and discuss their projects and any challenges they face, as well as providing support through the sharing of experiences.

The pilot phase of the scheme focuses on pathway modelling and as well as supporting Associates to develop their proposed projects into robust research questions that can inform decision making, they will receive 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

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?

How do I find out more?

  • For full details about the programme, organisational requirements and project development guidance for this year’s scheme, please download our FAQs document.
  • We plan to run this programme annually, with more information about the 2017 scheme available in due course.
  • If you have any queries about the programme, please do not hesitate to email us

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Jun
29

Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 2.35)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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13

Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth Science Park (Room N14)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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