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In support of National Stroke Awareness Month, PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Ken Stein has shared his perspective on the collaboration’s work to improve stroke care in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, in an article for South West regional newspaper Western Morning News.
"There are more than 100,000 strokes a year in the UK. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the country and almost two-thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability – at a cost to the NHS and social care of £1.7 billion a year in England alone.
The figures show that stroke is a vast...Read more
As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and
Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, we aim to
work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to
identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns
of the health service in the South West.
Highlighting how this works in practice, we’ve brought together some of the work carried out with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).
The RD&E has been our host organisation since 2014 but since our inception in 2008, we have worked together on projects that have resulted in real...
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,...Read more
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)...Read more
As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and
Somerset, plus the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, PenCLAHRC
aims to work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the
public to identify areas of research that reflect the real needs
and concerns of the health service in the South West. Highlighting
how this works in practice, we’ve brought together some of the work
we've carried out with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
PenCLAHRC has undertaken several successful projects in collaboration with the Trust, with some now feeding into Cornwall's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Collaborative projects include integrating the...
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...Read more
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...Read more
PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, have recently completed a project, which looks at the mapping and reconfiguration of hyperacute stroke services in Wales.
The team were tasked by the Stroke Implementation Group (SIG) of the Welsh Government to coordinate the development of service maps and profiles for hyperacute and acute stroke services across Wales. The aim of the project was to provide evidence to support discussions regarding the reconfiguration of services across the country.
The modelling was evidence based, with the results interpreted and supported by an expert panel drawn up by the Royal College of Physicians Stroke Programme. Their objective was...Read more
Recently published research investigating the reasons behind a rise in ambulance call-outs in the South West is already being used by the local ambulance service trust to work with commissioners to introduce positive changes, and to reinforce its track record for using research to develop its services.
The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) asked researchers from PenCHORD (PenCLAHRC's operational modelling team) to investigate the annual growth in activities relating to 999 incidences, which has seen a rise of 24 per cent over the past four years.
The research team developed a computer simulation to investigate the factors that most...Read more
PenCLAHRC’s Operational Research team PenCHORD, have recently teamed up with the Devon Partnership Trust in order to reduce waiting times for mental health assessments.
The Trust wanted to change the way patients were booked into specialist assessment centres across Devon by introducing a new ‘Choose and Book’ system, allowing patients to select the preferred location of their appointment.
Before launching the new system blindly, the Trust teamed up with PenCHORD to help them validate and improve the proposed new system before it was officially rolled out. The PenCHORD team were able to create a detailed simulation of the referral and assessment pathways...Read more