Modelling the impact of covid on waiting lists for planned care
Capacity and Demand
July 2020

Working with the national collaboration to coordinate covid-related analysis, and the NHSE/I Midlands region, the Strategy Unit has produced a ‘systems dynamics’ model of waiting lists for planned care. The model is freely available for non-commercial use across the NHS. Here, Steven Wyatt and Mike Woodall explain what we did and how we did it.

Evaluation of Building the Right Support: findings to date
Integrated Care
January 2019

Building the Right Support is a national plan to provide better support to people with a learning disability or autism.

It says what services and supports are needed to help people whose behaviour challenges services or who have mental health problems.

This is because too many people are living in hospitals and assessment and treatment centres. Many have been living in such places for a very long time. Often they are a long way from their home, family and friends.

Logic Models for Complex Programmes
Service improvement
November 2017

Logic models have become a standard tool for planning and evaluation. This short presentation offers a step-by-step guide to assembling logic models for complex programmes.

The Strategy Unit is well known for its use of logic models. We use them to help programmes and organisations – including Vanguard sites and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships – to set out the thinking behind their work. Logic models clarify thought at the outset. This brings two main benefits: better design and increased ability to evaluate.

Palliative and End of Life Care in the West Midlands
Secondary care
October 2017

Commissioned by NHS England, this report describes the status and context of palliative and end of life care services in the six Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships in the West Midlands. The report contains data on trends and forecast numbers of deaths, place of death, palliative care registers, acute healthcare use prior to death, availability of specialist-level palliative care and summarises the results of recent palliative care reviews and audits.

How can we learn from changes in practice under COVID-19
Service improvement
September 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen rapid changes in ways of working. We have seen an increase in collaboration, particularly through digital platforms, the sharing of data, and people describing ‘true system working’.

So how do we capture innovations and changes in practice? How do we learn from them? How to we identify what should be continued and what should not? How do we sort promising, effective changes from those that are ineffective – or even potentially harmful?