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Launch of PenCHORD Health Service Modelling Associates Programme

Posted on March 24th 2016

In April 2016, PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, successfully welcomed the first cohort onto their new Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Programme. The scheme, which runs for 12 months, aims to increase the impact of operational research within the NHS across the South West and will see the selected associates undertake advanced modelling within their own NHS organisations.

The modelling associates are:

The associates spent one day a week working on their modelling project. During this time, they were supported by their PenCHORD mentor, who provided them with support and advice. They were also backed by an HSMA workplace supervisor, based in their own organisation, who facilitated the implementation of their project. In addition, monthly Learning Set Meetings gave them the opportunity to discuss their experiences and challenges encountered with the other associates.

Throughout the programme, associates will be given training in the use of advanced simulation building software (Simul8). This allowed them to build a model so they could explore different future scenarios within their organisation, helping them make more informed decisions.

You can find out more on the HSMA information page and read an update on what's happening with the HSMA programme a year on here.


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