Having completed a major review of metropolitan ambulance cover in Greater Vancouver in 2014/15, ORH is excited to be back in British Columbia, this time to undertake a review for City of Richmond Fire-Rescue. The review requires in-depth analysis of the current service profile, before going on to model the optimum deployment of resources to meet current and future (10-year) projected demand. ORH’s detailed modelling approach uses demand, workload and geography to simulate potential options for change. The work is due to be completed by the end of November 2017.
An independent ORH study helped British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) secure $91.4 million of additional funding over the next three years. ORH forecasted that BC’s growing and aging population would increase demand for services by approximately 6% per year over the next five years. The data and evidence from ORH’s review was used by BCEHS in developing their 2020 Action Plan and supporting business case. This additional funding from the Ministry of Health will provide six new ambulances, more paramedics and dispatchers, together with new equipment and programs. Read the full story
In April 2017, consultants and data analysts from ORH attended The OR Society’s biennial Young to OR conference in London. Here they were involved in workshops, technique tasters and keynote sessions. They also attended talks from OR academics and practitioners on a wide range of subjects, including “Robust Optimisation”, “Working with Uncertainty” and “Decision Analysis for Decision Making”. ORH analyst Dr Lauren Petrie gave a presentation on “Modelling Access to Healthcare in the Australian Outback”, which related to ORH’s ongoing work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Read the full story
Find out how ORH’s simulation and optimisation modelling has helped London Fire Brigade in the latest edition of The OR Society’s Impact magazine. Andrew Cooper, a consultant at ORH, discusses how ORH’s collaborative approach with LFB has helped to maximise performance across London in times of austerity. You can read the full article in the Spring 2016 edition, as featured on The OR Society’s website.
We are pleased to announce that one of our developers, Dr Tom Boness, won the Practitioner and Researcher Poster competition at the OR Society’s 8th Simulation Workshop. Tom’s poster focused on modelling the resourcing requirements for Patient Transport Services (PTS). ORH has recently worked with two large PTS providers: HealthShare New South Wales and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. In these studies ORH assessed the impact of different demand and resourcing profiles on the timeliness of patient arrivals and post-appointment collections, and on resource utilisation. Read the full story