February 2022

Welcome to our February Newsletter:


Happy New Year everybody.

In our 1st newsletter for 2022 we are focusing on the guidance that we have published for local systems across the Midlands. Through the Midlands Decision Support Network, we are working with our partners to develop tools and guidance to help and support local health and care systems to make better informed decisions through evidence, analysis and evaluation. 

Our guidance:

We have published three new guides this year You can access all of our guidance here

Come and read our series of blogs on decision quality by Fraser Battye

February training courses:

03/02/22 Data visualisation
03/02/22 Systems Thinking
11/02/22, 18/02/22,  04/03/22 Time-series forecasting and decision-making
17/02/22 Understanding and reporting Hospital Mortality Statistics
24/02/22 Understanding Variation 

For more information, contact Rachel Caswell


Midlands analysts network

Upcoming, two sessions from the Health Economics Unit
  • 27/01/22: Machine Learning from Santosh Kumar and Joseph Lillington the HEU data science team
  • 10/03/22: Data engineering from Louis and Ryan at the HEU
We would love to showcase your work. The huddles are an informal space to share your work with like-minded analysts working on similar topics. If you have any projects that you want to share please get in touch.

For more information contact Rachel Caswell

Knowledge Mobilisation Community of Practice

We are building a community of practice across all Midlands DSUs around knowledge and evidence, and looking for a representative from each DSU to join the Midlands Knowledge Mobilisation Community of Practice. 4 DSUs have appointed knowledge leads.
The focus of the CoP is co-ordinating and sharing evidence work to minimise duplication across the network. The CoP is working to develop standards and good practice to ensure consistent high quality resources across the Midlands. 

For more information contact Alison Turner

Evaluation Community of Practice

The Evaluation CoP met on 26th Jan and had a great presentation from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, who presented their framework for reaching decisions about what should be evaluated, the resource required, and the approach that should be taken.

Our next meeting is on 29th March, do come and join us.

For more information contact Paul Mason

Focus on analytics: 

We are working on three new projects for the Midlands Decision Support Network which are all due to be completed by March 2022. 

More information is available on our webpages.


The Team: 
Programme Director: Simon Bourne 
East Midlands Systems: Janine Dellar
West Midlands Systems: Gareth Wrench
Chief Analyst: Steven Wyatt
Evaluation Lead: Paul Mason
Evidence Lead: Alison Turner
Training and Development Programme Manager: Rachel Caswell
Programme Manager: David Callaghan
Programme Support Officers: Deb Mabbley, Charlotte Henderson

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