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The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme represents a joint collaboration between PenCLAHRC and the South West Academic Health Science Network which involves a number of NHS staff from across the region being released for a day a week for a year to undertake a modelling project for their organisation.  Each HSMA receives training and ongoing mentoring from PenCLAHRC, and is supported to develop and deliver impactful projects that can lead to real change for their organisations, and to develop skills that can be embedded in their organisations in the future.  Due to significantly increased interest to take part in the HSMA programme, this year saw a tripling of the number of HSMAs accepted onto the programme.

PenCLAHRC and the SWAHSN are inviting to a seminar taking place at the Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel in Exeter on 5th December. The HSMAs will present the work they have been undertaking over the last year, which includes :

  • Using computer simulation to reduce delays in glaucoma and spinal treatment, improve ambulance response times, reduce delays to discharge from hospital, and assess demand for stroke beds
  • Using Artificial Intelligence to explore whether a machine can learn when it is appropriate not to send an ambulance and which surgical operations should be cancelled
  • Using whole systems modelling to understand how patient health needs increase the longer they spend in hospital and how healthcare assessment backlogs can best be cleared.

There will also be a presentation on a new project which is using Artificial Intelligence to predict whether an Emergency Department will breach the four hour target within the next two hours, combined with a simulation model to understand how to get the hospital back on track.  A full itinerary for the day can be found here. Complementary lunch and refreshments throughout the day will be provided.

The seminar is free of charge to attend, but please note that registration is mandatory: this includes all presenters and facilitators.   Please complete the registration form in the link below.  Registration closes on 21st November.

If you should have any questions, or would like any further information about the event or the HSMA programme, please contact Dr Daniel Chalk at  We would also encourage you to forward this email to anybody else who you think may be interested in coming to this event.

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