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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

Dec
13

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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Jan
10

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

New guidance aims to fill gaps in health service research

01 December 2016

PenCLAHRC’s Mary Hickson, Professor in Dietetics, has worked with the Association of UK University Hospitals’...
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Stroke Association funding for aphasia project

29 November 2016

A team of PenCLAHRC researchers have been awarded a project grant from the Stroke Association...
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PenCLAHRC appoints Mental Health and Dementia theme lead and deputy

29 November 2016

We are pleased to announce that Professor Chris Dickens, Chair of Psychological Medicine, and Senior...
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News

Research Projects

ExPERT - Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

The ExPERT project is helping to build evidence-based practice into policing across Devon and Cornwall.
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MBCT-YP: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to prevent relapse in young people

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

Is mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy (MBCT) effective in maintaining recovery and relapse prevention among...
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Research Projects