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PenCHORD awarded funding to forge links with India

Posted on June 2nd 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Training

PenCHORD awarded funding to forge links with India

An internationalisation grant has been awarded to PenCHORD – PenCLAHRC’s operational research group – to establish a research collaboration between the University of Exeter Medical School and Charusat University in India.

Charusat University is situated in the Gujarat state of India and specialises in science, technology and management courses. The university works closely with the newly-established Charusat Hospital, situated next to the university campus, to develop staff skills and resources.

This collaboration aims to combine both universities’ specialisms in healthcare and operational research, by using modelling to support service delivery at Charusat Hospital.

Martin Pitt, Director of PenCHORD, established links with Charusat University when he visited senior...

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PenCLAHRC joins EU network for cost containment and improved quality of healthcare

Posted on May 25th 2017
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PenCLAHRC joins EU network for cost containment and improved quality of healthcare

The escalating cost of healthcare is a problem common to all EU countries and national governments are looking at different ways to tackle this. There is often anxiety that managing costs will mean healthcare becomes more dangerous or risky - however this does not have to be the case.

A network of healthcare stakeholders from 24 EU countries has been set up to develop ways of containing costs whilst maintaining, or even improving, the quality of healthcare. PenCLAHRC’s Professor Nicky Britten is one of just two UK representatives on the Action’s Management Committee, whilst Dr Helen Lloyd and Dr Mark Pearson are...

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First clinical trial by PenCLAHRC-supported anaesthetists' network

Posted on May 4th 2017
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First clinical trial by PenCLAHRC-supported anaesthetists' network

A large-scale pilot clinical trial has been conducted by a network of trainee anaesthetists across the South West for the first time, thanks to support from the South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) and PenCLAHRC.

The trial was designed to assess whether a comprehensive oral hygiene regime could decrease the risk of post-operative pneumonia for patients undergoing major elective abdominal surgery.

Funded by an NIAA grant, the randomised control trial ‘CUPPA’ (Comprehensive moUth care and Post-operative PneumoniA) was delivered across six NHS hospital sites by more than 45 trainee clinicians specialising in anaesthesia, all members of the SWARM collaboration.

Data collection and analysis...

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Researchers and NHS staff celebrate working together to tackle pressing health service issues

Posted on March 31st 2017
in Events, PenCLAHRC people, Training

Researchers and NHS staff celebrate working together to tackle pressing health service issues

Staff from NHS Trusts across the South West came together with PenCLAHRC researchers to celebrate the success of an innovative programme aimed at tackling problems faced by the health service.

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, run by our operational research team PenCHORD, is designed to embed the skills and knowledge needed to develop and use computer models to support decision making within the NHS.

The pilot programme culminated in a showcase event, held at the University of Exeter Medical School yesterday. Participants presented their project findings and shared how both they and their organisations have benefited from the scheme.

Over the past year,...

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HSMA Project Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Posted on March 10th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Training

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme is a pilot scheme run by PenCLAHRC’s operational modelling group PenCHORD. It brings university academics and health organisations from across the South West together, building capacity within the NHS to generate and use evidence from modelling and operational research techniques.

Associates were selected from NHS organisations based on their previous knowledge and skills, and the research question they proposed. As well as providing access to a PenCHORD mentor, it gives them the tools and knowledge to put their research rapidly into practice.

Karl Vile was new into the role of Operational Manager and Programme Lead at Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT)...

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PenCLAHRC training puts evidence into practice

Posted on October 13th 2016
in Training

PenCLAHRC training puts evidence into practice

A series of courses designed and run by PenCLAHRC are helping to put evidence at the heart of an organisation’s decision-making process.

Designed to empower NHS staff to use the latest developments in research, guidance and technology, the training is delivered by the CLAHRC’s experts in operational modelling, PenCHORD.

In an effort to give healthcare managers experience in computer simulation, PenCHORD recently ran a session attended by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).

Hannah Trebilcock, a Clinical Audit Officer at SWASFT, was one of those in attendance who was quickly able to put her new skills into practice.

Back at base...

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HSMA Project Focus - The South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Posted on October 11th 2016
in Training

HSMA Project Focus - The South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme is a pilot scheme run by PenCLAHRC’s operational modelling group PenCHORD. It aims to bring academics from the universities of Exeter and Plymouth together with health organisations across the South West to carry out operational research to a high standard. The aim is to use the best tools and knowledge available to put the research undertaken rapidly into practice within the NHS.

Hannah Trebilcock, Clinical Audit Officer at the South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), was selected as one of six HSMAs from NHS organisations across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and...

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HSMA Project Focus - Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Posted on September 13th 2016
in Training

HSMA Project Focus - Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme is a pilot scheme run by PenCLAHRC. It aims to bring academics from Exeter and Plymouth universities together with health organisations to carry out operational research to a high standard, with the best tools and knowledge available and at a pace the NHS needs to put such research rapidly into practice.

Recognising that the more informed their decisions are, the better the outcomes for patients will be, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the organisations supporting the scheme. They have released Nic Harrison, Senior Business Analyst in the Contracting and Business...

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Launch of PenCHORD Health Service Modelling Associates Programme

Posted on March 24th 2016
in Training

Globe on computer

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...
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PenCHORD launch new Health Service Modelling Associates Programme

Posted on December 16th 2015
in Training

small globe on laptop

PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, are pleased to launch their new Health Service Modelling Associates Programme (HSMA) - a scheme which aims to increase the impact and awareness of operational research within the NHS across the South West. The pilot programme, which will commence in April 2016, will see the associates undertake advanced modelling, simulation and analysis work for, and within, their own organisations.

Successful applicants will be supported throughout the programme through ongoing mentoring and training from PenCHORD.  They will also be supported in their own organisation by a nominated individual (the HSMA Workplace Supervisor) who will facilitate the implementation...

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