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PenCLAHRC Health Service Modelling Associates - Final Seminar Event


G18 Medical School Building - St Lukes Campus - Exeter EX1 1TE
30th March 2017
10.30am - 2.30pm
Category: Seminar

This event is being arranged by the PenCHORD team to showcase the work of the PenCLAHRC Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMAs)

HSMAs are NHS staff who, in April 2016, were appointed to be released for a day a week for one year to undertake an advanced simulation project for their own organisation with support and mentoring from the PenCHORD team. The aim of the programme is to increase the impact and uptake of modelling and simulation methods within the health service. More information about the programme can be found on the HSMA webpage.

At the March 2017 event, the HSMAs will talk about their projects, and how their work has provided evidence to decision makers to help them make informed decisions about changes to their services. We will also hear from executive members of the HSMAs’ organisations, who will talk to us about how the programme has had an impact on changing thinking and ways of working within their trusts.

There will also be an opportunity to speak with the HSMAs and their supervisors directly about their experiences on the programme, and with members of the PenCHORD team about their future plans for the programme.

This event will be of interest to anybody working in the health service, and to all health service researchers.  Therefore, please pass on the details to anybody else you think may be interested in attending.

Attendance at the event is free of charge, and complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Online booking has now closed.  Please email

A provisional itinerary for the event is provided below. Each presentation will incorporate time for Q & A:

VENUE: G18 EMS Building, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter, EX1 1TE

10:30-11:00  Arrival, tea and coffee
11:00-11:10  An introduction to the HSMA Programme (Prof Martin Pitt and Dr Daniel Chalk, PenCLAHRC)
11:10-11:30 HSMA Presentation 1: Modelling A & E flows to inform redesign at North Devon District Hospital (Nic Harrison and George Thomson, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust)
11:30-11:50 HSMA Presentation 2: What are the current bottlenecks in the acute eye service, and how can they best be removed? (Joe Turner and Pierre Rautenbach, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust)
11:50-12:10  HSMA Presentation 3: How do we reduce delayed discharge in the Mental Health Acute Care pathway in Devon? (Karl Vile and David Somerfield, Devon Partnership Trust)
12:10-12:30 HSMA Presentation 4: What would be the impact of various strategies to improve weekend discharge rates at Derriford Hospital? (Ryan Hunneman and Neil Hammacott, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust)
12:30-12:50 HSMA Presentation 5: What are the bottlenecks in getting cardiac arrest patients to definitive care? (Hannah Trebicock and Sarah Black, South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust)
12:50-13:10  HSMA Presentation 6: How would the addition of a Clinical Decision Unit affect patient flow and waiting times at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital? (Alaric Moore and Laura Custerson, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust)
13:10-13:45 Lunch and Networking
13:45-14:15 The future of the HSMA Programme (Prof Martin Pitt and Dr Daniel Chalk, PenCLAHRC)
14:15-14:30 Closing Comments

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