Sim:pathy is a discrete event simulation modelling tool, designed for the particular needs of mental health services. By highly detailed analysis and forecasting of capacity and demand, Sim:pathy enables you to ensure that services are:
A Sim:pathy project will leave you with:
Our approach to such work is based on strong engagement with client organisations and their stakeholders – and on formal discrete event simulation modelling. This method ensures that the full range of variation in real patient flows is captured, and that the future model allows for highly detailed differences between patient cohorts and service types. Other, less realistic tools and approaches tend to assume that all patients behave like the “average” patient – this is unrealistic, and leads to misleading results.
We identify how patients currently move through services – where they are referred from, and where they are discharged to, and we determine the probability of each of these events within local services. This can be broken down by care cluster, by age, by ethnicity, or by any other means of subdividing patients, which is locally important.
Within a tailored computer-based model, we create a structure of teams and services which matches current reality. Patients, over a period of months or years, then present to services. These patients are generated as having the characteristics, and at the variable frequencies, which are typical of the way local services currently work.
This then forms the basis for detailed engagement with managers and clinicians across services – identifying options, modelling scenarios, considering ideas in combination, testing acceptability, beginning to think about implementation approaches. This is done by 1-1 conversations, small group meetings, larger workshop-style events, all planned according to your needs and preferences.
We capture and record the ideas which seem to work best, and testing these many times over to ensure that they are likely reliably to be effective.
The outcomes are highly detailed, typically including:
We have developed substantial expertise in the field of simulation modelling in mental health care, with an unrivalled combination of both technical skills, and understanding of the ways in which mental health services actually work in practice. Examples of recent modelling projects include:
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