Improving analytical capability in health and care services

Introducing Applied Analytics Development – a programme designed to build relationships between professional communities across whole health systems.

The Applied Analytics Development programme is about bringing together analysts, managers and clinicians across a whole system to build a sustainable, self-supporting network of analytical capacity. The focus is on building relationships between professional communities across a health economic footprint to better understand and structure problems faced by managers and clinicians outside of individual service or organisational perspectives.

The approach brings to light all the advantages system- wide, community and peer learning brings in terms of accessing, understanding and sharing evidence and methodologies that can be applied to a 'burning' issue. Designed to run across an STP footprint, Analytics Development is delivered over a 12 month project-based programme which is built across four key workstreams. The central workstream is analytical projects, co-designed and co-delivered by multidisciplinary teams of analysts and managers and/or clinicians. These challenging analytical projects are relevant to the local context, and teams are supported in their delivery through the other three workstreams: high-quality learning and networking events; technical and 'soft skills' courses provided by internally renowned provider – Future Learn, and all underpinned by a proactive, long-term community and network support and membership to the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysis.

By developing this whole system view and supporting the growth of technical skills and experience at the same time as creating health economy wide analytical networks, this programme creates an economy-wide environment that is conducive to analytical innovations and more effective communication of new solutions. The programme won The Health Foundations’ award for Advancing Applied Analytics – part of a wider programme supporting 12 projects in the UK working on local innovative and ambitious projects to help demonstrate improvements to analytical capability in health and care services and provide lessons for the wider care system.

For more details and to discuss the programme further for potential delivery in your area, contact Kate Cheema.

Interim Assistant Director Consultancy & Solutions