Skip to main content

HSMA 3 Programme

Following on from two hugely successful rounds of the Health Service Modelling Associate Programme (HSMA), HSMA 3 launched in October 2020, this time with an extended level of one-to-one support as the programme moves online.

The HSMA Programme, run by PenCHORD, PenARC's operational research team, is a scheme in which NHS staff are released one day a week for a year to undertake a computer modelling, simulation or data science project that addresses issues of importance for their organisation.

Since its inception in 2016, HSMA projects have led to multi-million pound investments in new mental health facilities in Devon, support for business cases to increase stroke bed capacity in Cornwall and brand new emergency department resources across the region.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications for those working in the health and social care sectors, HSMA 3 is being run as an entirely online course with a combination of live lectures, pre-recorded lectures on YouTube and online resources and Zoom-based group discussions.


HSMA 3 Programme Details

HSMA 3 Curriculum PDF

HSMA 3 Module Descriptors PDF

HSMA 3 Training Timetable

HSMA 3 Briefing Document


What is it like to be on the HSMA programme?


Upcoming Events


PPI Advice Clinic


Patient and Public Involvement Advice Clinics Whatever your query, from finding out more about Patient and...
More information


Searching and Review Clinic

Online appointments via Microsoft Teams

COVID-19 update: As a result of the pandemic, all PenARC staff are currently working remotely. While...
More information



Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown

27 April 2020

Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown New...
Read more


Research Projects

Remote-by-Default Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Theme: ARC - Public Health

A research project to investigate how to ensure the delivery of effective care accessed remotely...
Read more

Digital Health Resources for Clinicians and Researchers

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

An introduction to literature and resources on digital health for researchers and clinicians in response...
Read more

Research Projects