News & Updates

Future Events

Secondary Patient flows: Discharge and Bed Management

06/06/2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Cumberland Institute, Slough

The challenges in hospitals are not focused in one particular point, although the Emergency Department attracts a disproportionate amount of attention. This workshop will look at the integration challenges across the patient journey through secondary care and explore that tools and methods that are already providing a means of success.

Workforce Redesign

27/06/2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Cumberland Institute, Slough

Everyone knows that the workforce needs to change shape and yet the debate is cast in terms of the roles, training and skill-sets that currently exist. Trying to work out what new roles should exist, what education, training and support they will require and then being assured that these roles can be deployed with existing structures at scale and work is a challenge that no other industry has faced.

Resources and Videos

The value of modelling and simulation in healthcare


A review of the evidence and some possible ways forward

Modelling healthcare scenarios


What we know and where to go next

Emergency Simulation


How modelling is resuscitating NHS urgent and unscheduled care

The best and the worst of A&E today

Blog posts

Built in a Day?

By Steve Allder As the Romans used to say, “Qui tacet, consentit.” So while I feel ambivalent about writing, it is better than silently accepting the status quo. Despite the current crop of bad-news stories, I do not doubt the NHS’s incredible value at home and abroad. Its longevity and ability to preserve the ideals…

Safeguarding Quality or Papering over the cracks?

Davina Allen is Professor of Healthcare Delivery and Organisation and Deputy Head of School (Research and Innovation) at Cardiff University. This blog is based on her recent editorial From polyformacy to formacology We are rightly and increasingly concerned with healthcare quality and safety and inspired by the way other sectors have applied check lists, pro-formas,…

The Fourth Quadrant

Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld structured our knowledge into known-knowns, known-unknowns and the famous unknown-unknowns, inadvertently providing a great framework for health. For some reason, he missed the unknown-knowns, presumably the things we don’t know, but that others do. This Fourth Quadrant is the big challenge in healthcare – we can’t do…

An Apple A Day

Isaac Newton’s afternoon under an apple tree shook many ideas, not least our understanding of inertia which, it turned out, was not what brought everything to a halt, but the magical something that kept things as they were until something else stopped them or sped them along. Eventually, he wrapped it up with the bit…

Key questions for the Cumberland-FMLM Press release

Why are modelling and simulation important? Simulation and modelling are techniques that are used to help designers and managers understand how a system works. Computer games are a class of models that have been adapted for entertainment and learning. “Systems thinking is increasingly recognised as crucial in the armamentarium of healthcare leaders and is prominent…