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PenCHORD

"In my opinion, the PenCHORD modelling team are the best that we have in this country."

Prof Sir Roger Boyle CBE, former national director for heart disease and stroke at the Department of Health, in response to PenCHORD's presentation of the report from our mapping and reconfiguration of hyperacute stroke services in Wales project.

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 on the 'What is healthcare modelling?' exposure page.

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

Jan
24

Implementation Science 2.0 Show Me...

South Cloisters 3.06 (VC to Plymouth MR V10 JBB and Truro F08 K-Spa)

The field of implementation science has undergone an impressive growth in the past two decades....
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Jan
26

PPI Advice Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters room 2.17

Patient and Public Involvement Clinics What? These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC PPI Team...
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Calendar

News

Rural dementia: we need to talk

19 January 2017

Research carried out by Plymouth University into the experience of dementia in farming and farming...
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Plymouth dementia expert plays role in new CAA guidelines on hidden disabilities

17 January 2017

Ian Sherriff, who is supported by PenCLAHRC, has helped develop new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)...
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Job Opportunity - Postdoctoral Research Fellow

13 January 2017

We are looking to recruit a Research Fellow to support the work of PenCLAHRC, based...
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News

Research Projects

DE-STRESS

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

This study examines why and how people’s ability to cope with poverty-related issues has become...
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Reclaiming words in everyday life: App based word retraining for people with Semantic Dementia

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

This study aims to develop an App-based version of a word retraining program used in...
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Research Projects