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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
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:
PenCLAHRC’s operational research group, PenCHORD, has been awarded funding to help them build links with international research partners.
The funding will enable the team to invite overseas researchers to visit and explore the possibilities for future projects and publications. It will also be used to engage with research abroad in similar research areas. The funding is provided by the University of Exeter Medical School’s Internationalisation Fund and is available until July 2016 and will be used to support collaborative meetings.
PenCHORD Director, Professor Martin Pitt, and Associate Research Fellow Dr Sebastian Rachuba, have well-established links to a number of overseas researchers through...Read more
Chest pain, which could suggest a heart attack, is the most common cause of emergency hospital admissions in the UK, accounting for six per cent of all attendances to the Emergency Department. If the signs of heart attacks are missed the consequences for patients could be fatal, resulting in pressure for medical practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis.
However, fewer than 35 per cent of patients with chest pain are diagnosed with a heart attack, which means that a significant number of patients - almost two-thirds – may not need to be admitted to hospital.
High sensitivity troponin is a test which...Read more
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...Read more