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Carl Sheldrick

March 11, 2021

How do Local Authorities invest in regeneration, while providing for the needs of their citizens

We have undertaken further research, following on from our Town Improvement Plans Unravelled report, into the 31 of the 45 Towns awarded funding in the March budget who have published their bid. Assessing the projects that make up each submission, we have compared the different approaches to the challenge of how best to spend a town development fund. Along with our interactive report, we share our approach to the analysis and our key insights.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The Towns Fund Guidance set out six intervention themes(Transport, Digital, Urban Regeneration, Arts, Skills & Enterprise), and suggested that every project targeted at least one of these, but it was not a requirement that all of them should be covered by a bid. The above report shows the mix of scores, illustrating differences in each submission and highlighting how difficult it is to satisfy the multiple requirements. We recognise there is no one size fits all answer,…
April 28, 2020

COVID-19: Comparison to the past five years

UPDATE 09/06/2020 to include data up to w/e May 29th. Last week I created three visualisations from the ONS data for England and Wales. Today, updated data has been released and as well as updating the previous graphs, I have created a visual to compare the weekly death rates in 2020 against the five year average of 2015 to 2019.JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI5MCUyNSUyMiUyMGhlaWdodCUzRCUyMjU1MCUyMiUyMHNyYyUzRCUyMmh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGYXBwLnBvd2VyYmkuY29tJTJGdmlldyUzRnIlM0RleUpySWpvaU5Ua3dOemc0WWpVdE16RXlOUzAwT1dZd0xXRmxNall0WWpJMU5XUmxZMkl4TjJNNElpd2lkQ0k2SWpnNU5qWTRPV1UwTFRka05qUXROREZrTmkxaU9UVTJMVGcxTURSallUYzNaakV3WmlJc0ltTWlPamg5JTIyJTIwZnJhbWVib3JkZXIlM0QlMjIwJTIyJTIwYWxsb3dGdWxsU2NyZWVuJTNEJTIydHJ1ZSUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRQ==As you can see there are a number of deaths above the expected average which are not directly associated with COVID-19.  We can be reasonably sure that the COVID-19 pandemic was the cause of these deaths, but are they direct deaths where COVID-19 was not noted on the death certificate or deaths indirectly associated with COVID-19, i.e. heart attacks where a patient has not gone to A&E.A few points to note: Some deaths that have been attributed to COVID-19 would have happened without the pandemic, i.e. natural causes. This data is…
April 21, 2020

COVID-19: Visualising the impact

UPDATE 09/06/2020 to include data up to w/e May 29th. Here, Strasys’ Carl Sheldrick provides three views on death rate patterns and the effect of COVID-19, allowing you to explore yourself.There is a lot of data and analysis in the media right now connected with COVID-19. Here I have built three simple visualisations from the ONS data on weekly registered deaths in England and Wales. Each shows a different perspective on the effect of COVID-19. For each I have made my own observations, but please explore yourself and let me know your thoughts.JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI5MCUyNSUyMiUyMGhlaWdodCUzRCUyMjU1MCUyMiUyMHNyYyUzRCUyMmh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGYXBwLnBvd2VyYmkuY29tJTJGdmlldyUzRnIlM0RleUpySWpvaVpHTTNNelU0TVRjdE0ySmxaaTAwWkdZNExXSmxabUl0TVRaak9UVTVOak0wWVdNd0lpd2lkQ0k2SWpnNU5qWTRPV1UwTFRka05qUXROREZrTmkxaU9UVTJMVGcxTURSallUYzNaakV3WmlJc0ltTWlPamg5JTIyJTIwZnJhbWVib3JkZXIlM0QlMjIwJTIyJTIwYWxsb3dGdWxsU2NyZWVuJTNEJTIydHJ1ZSUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRQ==Weekly death rates for the past five year, showing the annual pattern of registered deaths. It surprised me just how similar the pattern is every year. The dips and spikes are process driven and represent bank holidays (when registration offices are closed) The COVID-19 spike is big! Cumulative numbers of deaths registered in the first part of each…
Health Infrastructure Plan
February 27, 2020

Making NHS building programmes a success – moving to a systems approach

The government published its Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP) in September 2019. It is billed as a rolling 5-year programme of investment in health infrastructure.  A major component of this will be a programme to build new hospitals which are fit for the future and support the NHS long-term plan. 27 hospital building projects have initially been identified, with 6 of these receiving immediate funding to be delivered by 2025.  The remaining 21 have will progress their planning with a view to deliver by 2030. The injection of capital spending is well overdue and welcomed, however there are many challenges in addition to the actual construction that need to be addressed, to deliver these new hospitals. There are three notable areas that should be tackled alongside the development of these building programmes; organisations need to consider the wider strategy and system, their internal capacity and capability, and the financial mechanisms entailed.As…
September 26, 2019

Enabling insight led decision-making in healthcare

The NHS is under an ever-increasing pressure to balance rising demand and limited resources, while improving outcomes. Recent initiatives such as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) have embarked on planning journeys to tackle themes such as reduction in variation, more integrated working, workforce and stronger leadership. However, the level of confidence and commitment to these plans has been patchy and has led to further revalidation work or expensive transformation based on intuition. The gap between planning and reality is widening.   Why is this happening given the vast amount of available data and investments in digital, particularly at the organisation level? A major driver is the lack of connection between data science and decision-making. From our research, we see important decisions being made by boards with varying levels of knowledge of the organisation. There are several drivers impacting this: Focus: use of data for optimising organisations and resource management is…
August 22, 2019

Learnings from experience with data analytics in healthcare

Strasys' Carl Sheldrick shares his learnings from his extensive experience of working with data across several NHS provider and commissioner organisations.Last year I was invited to give a talk to the London Business Analytics Group about my work with health providers.  Here I share my five biggest leanings from working with data in the NHS.Everyone knows the NHS is big, but unless you have been dunked into its operations in some form or another you will not appreciate the scale and intricacy. Newcomers should not expect to have a complete understanding of how everything within their domain functions for many months, maybe even years. Underlying the day to day operations of this amazing organisation, there is a large stack of data covering activity, performance, quality and finance.  I see daily articles with new perspectives on slices of this, but there is lots more to come.  The following years will see…
April 4, 2019

AI and the business of predicting real estate property values

The financial crises and the challenging economic climate that followed heralded a period of regulatory change designed to restore financial stability and rebuild consumer confidence in the financial services industry. These changes have also had significant implications for the mortgage lending business, a bedrock of financial services in most developed and developing economies.   Mortgage lending depends on an accurate, transparent, efficient method of property valuation to provide a low-risk, low cost financial service to its consumers be they house buyers or property portfolio investors. The inherent risks associated with mortgage lending can only be managed by ensuring the underlying asset – property – is accurately valued.   The European Mortgage Federation’s (EMF) 2017 review recommends a broad set of risk related criteria underpin a robust property valuation including market, construction, location, fiscal and legal risk as well as an assessment of tenants. This can be a time-consuming, expensive and…
Transformational change through innovation fuelled by empathy
Impact Story
October 5, 2018

Transformational change through innovation fuelled by empathy

As with many NHS hospitals, the organisation had been pursuing various quality and cost improvement initiatives and methodologies for a number of years. Where some delivered benefits in the short term, these did not deliver benefits at scale. This resulted in unintended consequences of centralised command and control, low morale and increasing performance pressure. An approach was required that could engage and energise staff to transform Trust-wide behaviours and services.  Strasys was asked to help enable transformational change fuelled by empathy.Openness, emotional engagement and a common purpose are critical in overcoming organisational biases and delivering what matters to consumers. All progress emanates from the freedom to make mistakes in the pursuit of organisation learning. Strasys embedded an innovation capability and the requisite changes in behaviour for the organisation to identify and deliver areas of service improvement.  Working closely with the Board and Medical Director, Strasys setup a number of innovation…