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MASHnet is a network with the expressed aim to improve the application of modelling and simulation techniques within health and social care. MASHnet was established in 2005, in November 2011 it became a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.

The use of simulation and modelling in the planning and management of health and social care services has provided major benefits. But success has been restricted by lack of co-ordination and constraints in sharing of information between key individuals and organisations despite the growing interest and numbers of researchers involved.

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Featured Case Studies

View Case Study: Emergency Medical Services Modelling in Wales
Emergency Medical Services Modelling in Wales

This illustrates how forecasting, queueing theory, scheduling, location analysis and discrete event simulation can be integrated into workforce capacity planning tools to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) with capacity planning issues and the deployment of emergency vehicles

(Developed for Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) by School of Mathematics, Cardiff University)

View Case Study: Application of Simulation and Queueing Theory to Scheduling Community Mental Health Assessment
Application of Simulation and Queueing Theory to Scheduling Community Mental Health Assessment

A simulation study showing the benefits of local queue sharing for mental health assessment appointments across centres in Devon. Pilot implementation has demonstrated significant reductions in waiting times.

(Developed for Devon Partnership Trust by The Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development (PenCHORD))

View Case Study: Redesigning Emergency Stroke Pathways to Maximise Thrombolysis Rates
Redesigning Emergency Stroke Pathways to Maximise Thrombolysis Rates

A simulation study of emergency stroke care showing the impact of different interventions. Application has greatly improved the delivery of thrombolysis at the client hospital.

(Developed for Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by The Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development (PenCHORD))

View Case Study: Stockport PCT – Understanding Demand/Capacity and Waiting Times
Stockport PCT – Understanding Demand/Capacity and Waiting Times

A model of the contracted flow of activity in the Orthopaedic Assessment Service to determine if all patients could be seen within a 4 week period.

(Developed for Stockport PCT by Simul8 and NHS Institute)

View Case Study: Orthopaedic Services Simulation
Orthopaedic Services Simulation

Simulation of Orthopaedic Services to model ways to achieve NHS 18 week targets

(Developed for North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust by Focused-On Ltd.)

View Case Study: Model to save short-term scanner costs
Model to save short-term scanner costs

A simulation model to assess CT and MRI scanner requirements based on potential demand.

(Developed for Grampian NHS by Simul8 and NHS Institute)

View Case Study: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

A modelling project to find new ways of designing processes to achieve better patient flow, deliver greater care, staff support, and provide better value-for-money for the delivery of mental health services in South Tyneside

(Developed for South Tyneside PCT by Focused-On Ltd)

View Case Study: Emergency Service Simulation
Emergency Service Simulation

Use of a simulation model to help re-design and improve emergency services at the RD&E Hospital.

(Developed for Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust by Focused-On Ltd)

View Case Study: VLAD – Monitoring Outcomes for Cardiac Surgery
VLAD – Monitoring Outcomes for Cardiac Surgery

Operational Researchers worked with leading surgeons to develop monitoring tool now used world-wide

(Developed for Department of Health (UK) by Clinical Operational Research Unit working with Professor Tom Treasure, then of St Georges Hospital)

View Case Study: East Riding PCT – Alternative Falls Care Pathway Model
East Riding PCT – Alternative Falls Care Pathway Model

A model to develop new falls pathway for patients in East Riding, Yorkshire.

(Developed for E.Riding PCT by SIMUL8 and NHS Institute)

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Maths Saves Lives! Healthcare modellers in Cardiff win innovation award : 1 June 15

A short video of the award and details on how to vote is at: www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/105269-maths-saves-lives!-healthcare-modellers-win-innovation-award

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