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Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
The Zone is a third sector organization in Plymouth that is commissioned to provide early intervention for young people experiencing emerging personality disorder. The Icebreak service provided by The Zone currently operates a single treatment pathway model which provides the same intervention to all clients. The Zone is currently redesigning the Icebreak treatment pathway with the aim of providing a more bespoke evidence based service for their clients.
The new system will provide different care pathways with varying lengths and types of treatment and care coordination. Understanding the impact of this dramatic system change on the resourcing for each aspect of the care pathway and the waiting times for patients will be crucial for future planning for The Zone.
1. Model the current system and its operation
2. Model the proposed system to study its impact on patient waiting times and resource requirements for undertaking multiple treatment options.
Currently the data analysis for the project has been completed and a model has been constructed of the system as it functions now. The next stage of this project will be to create a model of the new Icebreak pathway and test all of the possible combinations of patients going into each treatment pathway. For the various combinations of proportions of patients going into each treatment pathway the resources required for each treatment pathway will be estimated. The impact of the new pathway design on the overall waiting list will also be studied.
1. The estimated impact of the proposed changes on waiting times.
2. Estimates of the complete treatment resources required to facilitate the new pathway given any patient case mix.
This project will be used for dynamic resource planning over time as the number of patients in each treatment pathway changes and ensure waiting list numbers and length of time are minimised.
Jo Campbell – Icebreak Clinical Team Leader (The Zone)
Rachel Cruise – Operations Director (The Zone)
Jessica Potter – Icebreak Team Member (The Zone)