Wessex AHSN have been supporting the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (HIOW STP) to develop their analytic capability and capacity through the use of simulation modelling. This work has been funded through the Health Foundation’s Advancing Applied Analytics programme.
HIOW STP is reviewing how to improve outcomes for adults using acute mental health services; including reducing out-of-area placements to enable people to receive care and treatment as close to home as possible. As part of this, an evidence base is needed to support commissioning decisions.
This project has been exploring how simulation modelling could provide an innovative approach to building that evidence base. Simulation modelling allows a range of scenarios to be tested in a safe modelling environment to help understand the impacts of service change. Providing an innovative and powerful analytical approach to support evidence-based decision making.
Working alongside academic experts from the Centre for Implementation Science (CIS) and the University of Southampton Business School, data analysts from across the HIOW STP have received training in problem structuring and simulation modelling techniques.
Seven analysts specialising in Mental Health data have taken part in the training, with representatives from:
Furthermore, each analyst has been provided with a SIMUL8 Professional licence, with the offer of one to one support, in order to help embed training into practice.