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Members of PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, have been working towards transferring their work to Free Open Source Software (FOSS). Dr Mike Allen, Senior Modeller with PenCHORD, and Operational Researcher Kerry Pearn, have successfully made the switch to FOSS, which means everything they are doing is now free of any license or intellectual property (IP) considerations, and they can share their work freely for others to use.
With FOSS, anyone is freely licensed to use, copy, study and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software. This is in contrast to proprietary software, where the software is under restrictive copyright and the source code...Read more
A study into a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke in England, carried out by researchers from PenCLAHRC with colleagues from Newcastle University, Northumbria University and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, has been awarded funding of £22,000 from the Stroke Association.
Stroke is a serious, life-threatening and often debilitating condition, which can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people a year are admitted to hospital following a stroke, with many of those who survive left severely disabled.
Mechanical clot removal (known as thrombectomy) can substantially reduce disability, if carried out within...Read more
“With the HSMA programme, we have developed an exciting new way for the NHS to engage with the power and potential of simulation modelling in a meaningful way. It means that NHS organisations across the region can build their in-house capacity to build models that inform decisions whilst seeing real impact for the organisation.
Dan Chalk, Research Fellow in the PenCHORD team and lead for the HSMA programme
To mark the end of the first year of our Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, we’ve launched a new website to showcase the impacts that this innovative scheme has had on NHS Trusts across the...Read more
In support of National Stroke Awareness Month, PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Ken Stein has shared his perspective on the collaboration’s work to improve stroke care in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, in an article for South West regional newspaper Western Morning News.
"There are more than 100,000 strokes a year in the UK. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the country and almost two-thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability – at a cost to the NHS and social care of £1.7 billion a year in England alone.
The figures show that stroke is a vast...Read more
The Modelling and Simulation in Healthcare Network (MASHNet), led by PenCHORD Director, Professor Martin Pitt, has been awarded £19,500 from The Health Foundation to set up a UK-wide initiative to promote the effective use of operational research (OR) and advanced analytic methods in health and social care services.
The PLETHORA Project (Planning for Effective Transformation of Healthcare using Operational Research and Advanced Analytics) will develop a structured plan to build the capacity and expertise needed to apply these key research techniques within the NHS.
Combining the skills and experience of clinicians, academics and technologists from across the country, PLETHORA aims to raise awareness of...Read more
Staff from NHS Trusts across the South West came together with PenCLAHRC researchers to celebrate the success of an innovative programme aimed at tackling problems faced by the health service.
The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, run by our operational research team PenCHORD, is designed to embed the skills and knowledge needed to develop and use computer models to support decision making within the NHS.
The pilot programme culminated in a showcase event, held at the University of Exeter Medical School yesterday. Participants presented their project findings and shared how both they and their organisations have benefited from the scheme.
Over the past year,...Read more
People who have had a stroke in Devon are receiving faster and more effective treatment thanks to research that has used the latest advances in computer simulation.
The ground-breaking project has led to a dramatic increase in the number of patients receiving vital clot-busting treatment, and significantly reduced treatment times.
Researchers from PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, teamed up with the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) to implement the study, which has highlighted the importance of speed when treating people with stroke.
For some patients whose stroke is due to a blood clot...Read more