Health Service Modelling Associates Programme (HSMA)

Through our HSMA programme, we aim to build a culture and skills base through which simulation and modelling techniques are routinely used to support decisions within health and social care organisations. The course supports participants to use Operational Research (OR) techniques within service development and decision making.

Who can attend? 

The HSMA programme is designed for staff based in health and social care organisations and the police service.  Associates are selected on the basis of their current role, their analytical and computer skills and experience, and the completion of our suite of training modules, as well as an evaluation of their proposed project.  

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for Round 4 of the HSMA Programme, which begins in October 2021.  For the first time ever, we will be offering places to health, social care and policing staff based anywhere in England.  The updated programme will have over 140 hours of content, and will be delivered online.

What will I learn? 

Associates are released for one day a week for up to a year from their substantive roles to undertake advanced modelling, simulation and analysis work on specific projects within their own organisations. They receive mentoring, support and training from our operational research team, whilst being supported by an HSMA Workplace Supervisor, a senior member of their own organisation. This supervisor facilitates the implementation of the associate’s project and helps champion the work within their wider organisation.  

The programme is divided into two distinct phases: 

Phase 1 (October – December) takes the full cohort through three months of training in Operational Research and Data Science techniques.  You will acquire skills in programming using R and Python, learn a range of modelling and forecasting methods including Discrete Event Simulation and whole-systems modelling, and develop knowledge of Artificial Intelligence approaches (e.g. Machine Learning, Language Processing). 

During Phase 1, you will be supported to develop a project proposal that addresses an issue of importance for your organisation and will lead to significant impact.  At the end of Phase 1, you will pitch your proposal in a selection event to decide which projects will be taken forward in Phase 2. 

During Phase 2 (January – September), you will receive ongoing mentoring and support from an experienced academic, and organisational supervision from your HSMA Workplace Supervisor, to support you with developing your project and leading a research team.  If your project is not selected to proceed to Phase 2, you will be offered the opportunity to collaborate on the projects being taken forward, or on other areas of Operational Research within PenARC.

The recording of a recent seminar “The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Programme – An Interactive Tour” can be found here.

Applications to HSMA 4

Applications to the programme, as HSMA students or trainee mentors, are now open.  The number of places for HSMA 4 is limited to 100 overall, and we are expecting demand to be competitive.

You can request an application pack and keep up to date with news about the programme by completing this short online form.  The deadline for applying is 23:59 on Wednesday 28th July 2021.

Upcoming training events

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for HSMA 4, starting in October 2021. Please click here to request an application pack.  The deadline for applying is 23:59 on Wednesday 28th July 2021.

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