Scotland’s Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, meets NHS board heads and the BMA this week to examine the impact of the reduced staffing levels announced in June this year.
Ms Sturgeon told the Press Association that:
“It is my job to ensure the NHS delivers the best quality of care, manages the financial challenges facing it and takes the right decisions now to secure services in the future.”
Mark Elder, CEO of SIMUL8 Corporation, the company which develops Scenario Generator says. “This is exactly what we are here for – providing tools that let teams quickly test out the effect of proposed changes in the health service, visualising the impact it will have in years ahead within seconds. The NHS needs to change to cope with the budget cuts, but the cost and risk of trying out ideas slows down what needs to be happening now – simulations remove that problem.”
Bedfordshire PCT used Scenario Generator to create a “virtual PCT” that quickly simulated many possible scenarios and found one that not only saved them £1.5m every year, but was agreed by all the medical staff to be just as good, if not better for patients than the current solution.
Dr Nick Gaunt from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement says; “This kind of software really comes into its own as healthcare organisations plan for the current financial climate”.
SIMUL8 have recently finished making Scenario Generator work with data specifically related to Scotland, offering Scottish organisations the chance to see the benefits that so many English PCTs have already discovered.
About SIMUL8 Corporation
SIMUL8 Corporation produces world renowned dynamic, innovative software that enhances the way people make and communicate decisions. With headquarters in Boston, MA, and offices in the UK, our customers are located world-wide and include major corporations involved in finance, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications and logistics, as well as many public sector healthcare and transportation bodies. Our software allows organizations to identify and test the benefit of potential improvement proposals, prior to their implementation, in a risk-free environment.