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:
- Alaric Moore, Performance Improvement Manager at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).
- Hannah Trebilcock, Clinical Audit Officer at South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
- Joe Turner, Information Analyst at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.
- Karl Vile, Operational Manager at Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
- Nic Harrison, Senior Business Analyst at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
- Ryan Hunneman, Service Improvement Lead at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
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.