Skip to main content

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.

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.

Who we are

 

Email

You can also follow us on Twitter @PenCLAHRCOR 

Tweets by @PenCLAHRCOR

Upcoming Events

Oct
06

Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 1.27)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
More information

Oct
18

Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 1.27)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
More information

Calendar

News

PenPIG member contributes to study looking at effectiveness of treatments for depression

27 September 2016

A recent study showing a simple and inexpensive therapy to be equally effective at treating...
Read more

Job opportunity - PenCTU Trial Manager (TARS)

26 September 2016

The Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) have a vacancy for an experienced Trial Manager/Researcher to...
Read more

Job opportunity - Research Fellow

26 September 2016

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry wishes to recruit an experienced qualitative researcher...
Read more

News

Research Projects

Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training (IMPACT) - a realist review

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

The research team are conducting a realist review to understand how interventions to change antimicrobial...
Read more

TARS – Trial of physical Activity and Reduction of Smoking

Theme: Person-Centred Care

Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) will lead a national...
Read more

Research Projects