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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

The Recipe for Workforce Planning is an easy-to-use online tool driven by a dynamic process map.The Recipe is a repository for best practice and facilitates peer support through a discussion forum.

Overview of Innovation:

The Recipe for Workforce Planning is an easy-to-use online tool driven by a dynamic process map; users click on each stage of the process to access resources and view the activities needed to complete that stage. The Recipe is a repository for best practice and facilitates peer support through a discussion forum.

This unique resource is the first of its kind, developed by Health Education England working across the West Midlands, and is being shared for use across Health Education England.

The Recipe process map, created in collaboration with workforce planners across the West Midlands, shows the stages that should be completed in order to create a good workforce plan:
Users can click on a stage to open a Stage Page showing:

  • Ingredients - documents and resources needed to complete that stage which users can download.
  • Method - activities necessary to complete that stage with assigned roles.
  • Hints and Tips – any useful advice or intelligence that will support the completion of the stage

The Recipe also includes:
What should I be cooking this month?
Each stage in the Recipe has a date range during which that activity should be completed.  Users will be able to see the stages within the Recipe which are currently ‘active’ at the time they visit the site.
Roles and Responsibilities
Each of the activities within a stage has an assigned role e.g. Workforce Planner, Finance Lead.  Users will be able to sort and filter the site to view only the stages and activities relevant to their role.
Discussion forum
The Recipe has a discussion area where planners can share ideas and ask questions or queries.  
Users can select their favourite resources from the site (Word, Excel, PDF documents) and download these into a pack, or Cookbook.  There are also readymade Cookbooks for particular users and scenarios e.g. Workforce Planning for Beginners, Meeting with the Executive Team, Workforce Planning for Commissioners.
Links and Resources
The resources – or Ingredients – available to users for each stage are added to and updated as new resources become available.  However, there may be useful resources, reports, articles or links that are not relevant to a particular stage but may be of interest to workforce planners.  These are available on the Links and Resources page that will include an archive of all the resources on the site.
The Recipe also includes a search function and an interactive glossary. 

Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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Overview of Innovation:
Unlike other business intelligence tools, Splunk is platform-agnostic and can address ‘ad hoc’, non pre-programmed questions. Converging Data Ltd provides secure, on-premise or a hybrid cloud solution that combines and analyses structured & unstructured data from multiple sources, including but not limited to HL7 data, even collecting data directly from internal data networks.
This data can be interpreted without the need for predefined schemas and structures, providing real-time performance monitoring across entire care pathway.
Converging Date Ltd has created specific healthcare applications utilising the Splunk software platform.

Splunk makes it simple to collect, analyse and maximise the value of big data generated by security systems and business applications and improve operational performance and results.

Healthcare Intelligence
Healthcare Services & Care Pathways can be visualised and analysed using the IT Health Intelligence solution & HIX (HL7 Health Intelligence Connector).
Gathering data from multiple sources, in different formats and without consistent standards is what Splunk does best. HIX takes HL7 data from PAS, Pathology, Pharmacy or Electronic Health Records and provide a clear picture of how care is being delivered in real time.

HIX allows organisations to easily collect HL7 data commonly transferred between clinical and administration systems.
The Care Pathway Profiling tool allows data to be represented in a form that can be mapped to local physical or logical care pathways.  Alerting options ensure that the right people are notified when thresholds in service levels are reached.
Patient Flow
This powerful, easy-to-use business intelligence tool analyses real-time data from multiple sources, enabling managers to run more efficient healthcare services. By gathering existing structured and unstructured data from across the organisation Splunk allows healthcare providers to view the entire care pathway and direct resources to address rapidly changing conditions.
The Patient Flow module can easily be tuned to match local care pathways and service delivery models. Advanced analytics can be used to track organisation’s KPIs and highlight anomalies & identify root causes.

The Patient Flow module uses the Healthcare Common Information Model (HCIM) that ensures data received from multiple systems can be mapped to HL7 standards and local nomenclature. HCIM allows searching and reporting across systems which are interdependent, but not interconnected.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wealth creation / Digital health / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
The use of real-time data allows resources to be more efficiently deployed and problems to be more easily identified and addressed. Our ability to deploy across existing data sources means it’s fast to deploy and can demonstrate value within days.
We have worked with healthcare organisations to improve operational efficiency tracking patient flow, demographic breakdown of A&E arrivals, real-time location services within healthcare organisations. This allows more to be delivered with fewer resources and equipment and services to be tracked and located more quickly.
We have also provided detailed reporting and analysis of operating theatre utilisation and the actual costs associated with delivery of specific procedures. The real-time nature and alerting capability means that this is no longer a retrospective view, but an up to date view of what’s happening right now within a complex organisation.
Our Analytics Capability can also be used to address cyber security. The Splunk platform once deployed, delivers a powerful analytics driven Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) capability.
  • Splunk is installed within the NHS, and within one of the UK’s largest private hospitals.
  • Splunk is used to support NHS Digital services such as Spine and NHS Choices. 
  • Internationally we are working with Public healthcare organisations in Australia.
 NHS Choices: ‘By using Splunk Enterprise, NHS Choices has been able to improve the service it delivers to website users. The organization is now looking at new ways to deliver value from its website data, including helping the partner team track usage of content provided to over 600 syndication partners, and building product-specific dashboards for the product owners showing detailed performance and transaction status for key areas of the site’.
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Benefit to WM population:
Benefits from the deployment of this technology will be realised through better utilisation of resources and the ability to view the status of the organisation in real-time.
Current and planned activity: 
Current NHS Activity:
Rotherham NHS Trust (Pathology and Laboratory Data Services) - use Splunk to collect HL7 Data and provide visibility across Pathology and Laboratory activity.

NHS Digital: Splunk is used by NHS digital to support national IT infrastructures such as Spine and NHS Choices.

Planned/Required Activity: Planning Stage
Luton & Dunstable NHS FT  - NHS Patient Flow and Capacity Management System – to provide visibility across the patient care pathway. Splunk will be used to ‘pull’ data from clinical and administrative systems from across the Trust, including HL7 Data, creating dashboards, reports and alerts to show activity and highlight bottlenecks. Deployment initially with internal systems then rolled out to 3rd party organisations who provide care.

  • Middlesex Hospital USA
  • Ongoing projects with Australian Department of Health and the Australian Digital Health Authority.
  • We are also supplying analytics capabilities into one of the UK’s largest private hospitals.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP protection is afforded by a mix of proprietary applications with Converging Data IP in some connectors and point applications.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
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