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A collaboration between PenARC and University of Exeter Researchers and the NHS has developed a crucial new tool to ensure health trusts maintain sufficient levels of life-saving equipment and bed spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The research team, led by Professor Gavin Shaddick from the University of Exeter, in collaboration with PenCHORD and PenARC colleagues, has developed a new data modelling tool to help forecast demand on crucial NHS resources in the region.
The forecasts have been used to help predict the demand for in-patient beds, intensive care, PPE, ventilators, oxygen and testing kits. Crucially, it has also incorporated not only predicted hospital staffing requirements, but also...Read more
Following on from the success of previous training programmes, our operational research team, PenCHORD, are launching the first ever Police Service Modelling Associates Programme (PSMA). The scheme, which launches on January 28th, will see associates, recruited from Devon & Cornwall Police staff, the College of Policing and other regional forces, receive mentoring and training to support them to undertake projects which will lead to real impact and embed evidence-based decision making and operational research skills within the service.
The 9 month PSMA programme, which is primarily a mentoring programme, will continue the same structure of the enormously successful Health Services Modelling Associates Programme...Read more
Do you want to help drive innovative use of data science, deep learning, and operational research in real world health service problems? Then this could be the perfect job for you.Our operational research team, PenCHORD, are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow (depending on qualifications and experience) to support the work of the multi-disciplinary team, based in Exeter. PenCHORD use data science and operational research (OR) methods to improve health service provision with a focus on the South West of England but with national and international applicability.... Read more
A 'how-to' guide to help accelerate the spread of ‘game-changing’ mechanical thrombectomy (MT) emergency treatment for acute stroke has been launched by national stroke experts.
The NHS Long Term Plan identifies stroke as a clinical priority; stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth largest cause of death in the UK. The plan sets out an aim to deliver a ten-fold increase in thrombectomy so that 1,600 more people are independent following stroke.
There is overwhelming evidence that mechanical blood clot removal (known as mechanical thrombectomy or MT) for the treatment of ischaemic stroke due to large artery occlusion (blockage of one...Read more
Pioneering work by Professor Martin James, a senior NHS clinician for stroke services in Exeter and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, including PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD, has been incorporated in proposals to improve stroke care for patients in Northern Ireland.
Every year, there are almost 3,000 stroke-related hospital admissions in Northern Ireland and more than 1,000 people die from stroke. Stroke services in Northern Ireland, as with other parts of the UK, struggle to meet national standards in a number of areas.
NHS Guidelines in England recommend that when reconfiguring stroke services, patients should ideally...Read more
Researchers who specialise in optimising health services worked with health trusts to produce evidence that secured £8 million in funding for a new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.
The new ward, which will be operated by Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT), will reduce the number of placements that have to be made away from Devon, keeping people closer to home for their care and treatment.
The research, which involved University of Exeter academics, was supported by PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), PenCLAHRC's operational research team.
PenCHORD is a group of specialists that help healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients...Read more
PenCLAHRC’s Operational Research team, PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development), are a group of specialists that assist healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients make informed decisions about change in the NHS using Operational Research (OR). The team run an annual Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme where they provide a number of health service employees from across the South West with training, a mentor and day release, one day a week, to tackle a work based research project that can be used by the NHS Trust to solve a specific issue or question.
Karl Vile, Programme Manager for...Read more
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...Read more
There is a national plan to improve the way people recieve urgent help and care, for conditions that are serious but not life threatening, such as broken bones, burns, sprains and strains. Cornwall will the first county to experience these changes, and three sites have been highlighted as key areas for new urgent care centres.
This plan has been shaped by research that was undertaken by PenCHORD, who provided evidence through mathematical geographical modelling to inform decisions about where to best locate care services.
The urgent care centres will be located in Bodmin, Truro and West Cornwall. Each centre will enhance and support...Read more
This August saw the first International Summer School Riga (ISSR), which was hosted and organised by Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia. The week-long school drew in students of business, economics, healthcare and social sciences, plus researchers and academics from across Europe. The event focused on the question ‘How can we solve challenges in healthcare systems by applying economic modelling?’, and was explored through presentations, interactive workshops and skills exchange sessions.
Prof Martin Pitt and Dr Sean Manzi were invited to run workshops at the summer school and give students a hands on introduction to techniques for economic modelling in healthcare. Their participation was...Read more