Skip to main content


"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



You can also follow us on Twitter @PenCLAHRCOR 


Upcoming Events


Making Sense of Evidence: Using...


Making Sense of Evidence: Using Research to Inform Clinical Decision Making A one-day introductory workshop on...
More information


Making Sense of Evidence: Understanding...


A one-day workshop about the use of diagnostics in practice, this course is aimed at...
More information



Job opportunity - PenCLAHRC Associate Professor (Reader) in Health Services Research

27 October 2016

Based at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, we are looking to appoint...
Read more

ReTrain project success

20 October 2016

The ReTrain project, supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association, has been investigating the effectiveness...
Read more

Job opportunity - Communications Assistant

19 October 2016

We are looking to appoint a Communications Assistant who will make a significant contribution to...
Read more


Research Projects

STRENGTHEN - Firm Foundations for Health and Wellbeing

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

Improving health for those under community supervision, with the support of a Health Trainer.
Read more

Research Projects