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PenCHORD

Providing Operational Research and Modelling services to the NHS

PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) are specialists in helping healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients make informed decisions about change in the NHS using Operational Research (OR). Our research projects use advanced quantitative techniques to model healthcare services and predict the impact of change. Typical projects might include comparison of competing changes to a patient pathway or improving patient access to services. PenCHORD’s research team have extensive experience in communicating the results of modelling research in an engaging and understandable manner, as well as delivering an extensive suite of OR training and capacity building initiatives. Find out more and watch a video introducing our work.

Areas of expertise

  • Modelling patient pathways and the impact of proposed changes
  • Capacity and resource planning in acute and community services
  • Waiting list management and patient scheduling
  • Location and capacity analysis of outpatient services

Our projects

PenCHORD has delivered successful research projects across the South West region using a variety of different OR techniques in many different areas of health service operation, including stroke, diabetes, mental health and surgery scheduling. Information on our current and past research projects can be found on our projects page.

Training courses and seminar series

A series of regular, free of charge training courses are run by PenCHORD for NHS staff within Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. These courses are designed for those wishing to learn how to build simple but effective predictive models for their own organisations. In addition, regular seminar events are run for all those working in and around the NHS in the region to hear more about how OR can help improve services. Find out more on our training page.

Health Service Modelling Associates Programme

Six new Health Service Modelling Associates have been accepted onto our 2016 pilot of the HSMA Programme. The selected individuals work in NHS organisations across the region and will be released from their substantive role for one day a week to undertake advanced modelling, simulation and analysis work on specific projects within their own organisations. To find out more please visit our HSMA page.

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Upcoming Events

May
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PPI Advice Clinics

South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus, Exeter

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02

PPI Advice Clinics

South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus, Exeter

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Calendar

News

A pioneering simulation project slashes waiting times in Devon

19 May 2016

PenCLAHRC’s Operational Research team PenCHORD, have recently teamed up with the Devon Partnership Trust in...
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PenCLAHRC Director recognised as NIHR Senior Investigator

17 May 2016

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has recognised another researcher at the University of...
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PenCLAHRC anaesthetist fellow part of winning BMJ Awards team

13 May 2016

Our partners at the South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) are celebrating after being announced...
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News

Research Projects

PenCHORD - HepB: Optimising the management of chronic hepatitis B in children and young people

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

PenCHORD will conduct the cost-effectiveness component of an NIHR RfPB funded project, led by Queen...
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PenCHORD - Pathway mapping of STEP 2-4 psychological therapies in the NEW Devon area

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Working with a wide range of NHS mental health organisations based in the NEW Devon...
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Research Projects