Operational Research and Data Science (PenCHORD)

Operational research and data science involves analysing data to model healthcare services and predict the impact of change for the NHS.

PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) are specialists in helping healthcare professionals, commissioners and patients make informed decisions about change in the NHS. The team uses advanced quantitative techniques to model healthcare services and predict the impact of change.  

Their past projects have covered a wide range of health services including stroke, cancer, mental health, neonatal health and surgery scheduling. 

PenCHORD’s areas of expertise include: 

  • modelling patient pathways and the impact of proposed changes 
  • capacity and resource planning in acute and community services 
  • waiting list management and patient scheduling 
  • location and capacity analysis of outpatient services
  • artificial intelligence (AI) techniques including machine learning and natural language processing

Team members

Dr Andrew Salmon

Dr Andrew Salmon

Associate Research Fellow
Dr Daniel Chalk

Dr Daniel Chalk

Senior Research Fellow in Applied Healthcare Modelling and Analysis
Dr Mike Allen

Dr Mike Allen

Senior Research Fellow in Applied Healthcare Modelling and Data Science
Kerry Pearn

Kerry Pearn

Associate Research Fellow
Professor Ken Stein

Professor Ken Stein

Deputy Director of PenARC and Professor of Public Health
Professor Martin Pitt

Professor Martin Pitt

Professor of Applied Healthcare Modelling and Data Science

Projects

Using Systems Dynamics modelling during COVID-19

Police Service Modelling Associates (PSMA) Programme

Modelling demand and capacity for NHS Trusts in the South West

Dialysis Service Modelling in Portsmouth

End of Life Care Resource Modelling

Optimising the location of urgent care sites in Cornwall