Symmetric was commissioned by the East Midlands Development Centre and partners to develop a System Dynamics model focusing on dementia. The aim was to produce a virtual whole system model that commissioners could use to test out commissioning decisions prior to implementation.
The Health and Social Care Dementia model is a computer simulation, originally developed by Symmetric SD for NHS East Midlands, that shows the impact of a range of service interventions (such as memory services, care home support, services to support carers) on the growing population of "older people living with dementia".
It can represent a range of population sizes, but mostly should be used at PCT / commissioning body level.
It is free to use and runs on iseeRuntime software. To get access to the model, contact Douglas McKelvie on:
Tel: 0131 557 0556; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The model provides a strategic view of a whole population. It will be of interest to a wide range of practitioners, planners and managers who are concerned with any aspect of commissioning health or social care services, as well as public health specialists or analysts, and those involved in education, training and research.
Other local health economies are able to build on this model, for example by adding in specific services / interventions, provided that they make the updated model freely available.
Below is the final Symmetric report.