Modelling and statistical analysis


The Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development (PenCHORD) provides a range of advanced problem structuring, analysis, and modelling services to the NHS throughout Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. It is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula - or PenCLAHRC - and the ESMI research group.

PenCHORD ensures its research outputs are directly relevant and impactful in the NHS through three activities:

  • Project specifications are elicited directly from NHS clinicians and managers.
  • The relevance of the work to the wider NHS is guided by a reference group, which comprises senior decision makers from both the commissioner and provider trusts.
  • Substantial involvement of NHS clinicians in project work ensures practical relevance to local healthcare trusts.

A key part of our work is to develop a clear understanding of how modelling can effectively contribute to health care improvement. Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Discrete-event simulation modelling
  • Agent based simulation modelling
  • Cost-effectiveness studies
  • Application of lean principles in healthcare management
  • Statistical analysis

PenCHORD projects

View all our projects and stay up-to-date with the latest news on the PenCHORD website.

Recent projects have included:

For more information, please visit the PenCHORD website or email

The PenCHORD team

Workstream Lead: Martin Pitt
Executive Lead: Ken Stein
Team: Sarah Carter (Research Manager)
  Mike Allen (Senior Research Fellow)
  Dan Chalk (Senior Research Fellow)
  Sean Manzi (Research Fellow)
  Kerry Pearn (Associate Research Fellow)
  Andrew Salmon (Associate Research Fellow)