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Mental Health Facility at Torbay Hospital begins construction

Posted on October 6th 2020
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(L-R) Melanie Walker, Chief Executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust; Doug Lloyd from Kier and Andy Willis, Chair of Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

The construction of a new £11.8 million Mental Health facility, supported by research undertaken as part of our Health Services Modelling Associates Programme (HSMA), has begun at Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s (DPT) Torbay Hospital.

The scheme, which will reduce the need for patients to travel outside of Devon for treatment, will create a unit on two floors providing a ward with 16 en-suite bedrooms, treatment and therapy rooms and offices.

The HSMA programme is an annual scheme that helps health service employees across the South West to use data modelling to tackle a work-based research project to solve a specific issue or...

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Innovative HSMA training programme makes virtual return

Posted on July 29th 2020
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Innovative HSMA training programme makes virtual return

Following on from two hugely successful rounds of PenARC's Health Service Modelling Associate Programme (HSMA), HSMA 3 will launch on October 1st, this time with an extended level of one-to-one support as the programme moves online.

The training 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...

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Reorganising dialysis services during the COVID-19 outbreak

Posted on June 30th 2020
in Project update

Dialysis

A collaboration between PenARC, the University of Exeter and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is making a major contribution to the management of dialysis services in the south of England during the COVID-19 outbreak.

People requiring renal replacement therapy are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and rely on essential treatment, necessitating travel to treatment centres. This accounts for a significant volume of non-emergency ambulance transport.

PenARC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, in conjunction with researchers from the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) at the University of Exeter and the renal department at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, used computer modelling to...

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PenCHORD’s HSMA 2018 Programme presentations showcase the impact of Operational Research in the health sector

Posted on December 18th 2018
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PenCHORD’s HSMA 2018 Programme presentations showcase the impact of Operational Research in the health sector

On 5th December 2018 a broad range of delegates from the NHS, HE and related public sector organisations attended the Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Presentation Seminar, the closing event of PenCHORD’s 2018 HSMA Programme. The HSMA Programme is a joint initiative between PenCHORD (PenCLAHRC’s Operational Research team) and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) that aims to support the increased use of Operational Research for development and decision making within the health service.

Each year a number of health service employees (Associates) are given training, a mentor and day release, one day a week, to tackle a...

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PenCHORD: Helping the NHS make informed decisions using operational research

Posted on June 4th 2018
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PenCHORD: Helping the NHS make informed decisions using operational research

Deputy Director of PenCLAHRC, Professor Ken Stein, and Director of PenCHORD, Professor Martin Pitt, have written an article for The Operational Research Society’s Impact magazine, in which they discuss the ways PenCHORD research has informed decision making within the NHS.

PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) are a team of Operational Research (OR) specialists, who aim to help healthcare professionals make informed decisions around organisational change. The initiative was established in 2008, and in the years since the team have worked with all of the trusts across the South West.

Professors Ken Stein and Martin Pitt have...

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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Posted on March 29th 2018
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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, we aim to work with healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public to identify areas of research that reflect the real needs and concerns of the health service in the South West.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) provide a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs in Devon, the wider South West region, and nationally. PenCLAHRC have collaborated with the Trust on a number of projects with the aim to advance the delivery of high quality services.

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HSMA 2 Programme Update

Posted on March 28th 2018
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HSMA 2 Programme Update

Phase 1 of the 2018 Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Programme has now been completed and Phase 2 has just launched.

The HSMA Programme is a joint initiative by PenCLAHRC and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN), run by PenCLAHRC’s Operational Research team, PenCHORD. Working directly with staff from NHS organisations across the South West, the programme aims to support the increased use of Operational Research (OR) within health service development and decision making, and to work towards a culture where OR methods are routinely used within the NHS.

Following the highly successful HSMA pilot in 2016, a second round...

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Grant to improve analytics and operational research in health care

Posted on May 12th 2017
in PenCLAHRC people, Research Funding

Grant to improve analytics and operational research in health care

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...

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High praise for PenCHORD project

Posted on August 10th 2016
in Project update

 High praise for PenCHORD project

PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, have recently completed a project, which looks at the mapping and reconfiguration of hyperacute stroke services in Wales.

The team were tasked by the Stroke Implementation Group (SIG) of the Welsh Government to coordinate the development of service maps and profiles for hyperacute and acute stroke services across Wales. The aim of the project was to provide evidence to support discussions regarding the reconfiguration of services across the country.

The modelling was evidence based, with the results interpreted and supported by an expert panel drawn up by the Royal College of Physicians Stroke Programme. Their objective was...

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Ambulance call-out research leads to positive changes for ambulance service trust

Posted on August 3rd 2016
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Ambulance call-out research leads to positive changes for ambulance service trust

Recently published research investigating the reasons behind a rise in ambulance call-outs in the South West is already being used by the local ambulance service trust to work with commissioners to introduce positive changes, and to reinforce its track record for using research to develop its services.

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) asked researchers from PenCHORD (PenCLAHRC's operational modelling team) to investigate the annual growth in activities relating to 999 incidences, which has seen a rise of 24 per cent over the past four years.

The research team developed a computer simulation to investigate the factors that most...

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