30 July 2009,

SHAPE Tool Training

SHAPE Tool Training - 31st July 2009

Over the past couple of years, CHP has been working closely with the DH team headed by Pam Chapman to look at elements of strategic planning for LIFTCos. Most recently Pam and her team have been presenting at the TCS workshops we have been running in the 10 SHAs.

Obviously PCTs need reliable information to plan services and commissioning strategies, and use a number of sources for that information. One of those sources is the Strategic Health Asset Planning and Evaluation tool (SHAPE) run by Pam at the Department of Health. It is a web-based, planning software application aimed primarily at Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to inform and support delivery of service reconfiguration within a whole health economy in England.

SHAPE provides an excellent starting point for local strategic planning with key information such as GP locations, hospital admission rates and epidemiology by post code areas. While many PCTs and SHAs use it, LIFTCos
can only gain access throught their PCT but it will provide very useful information in the locality.


To all SHAPE users

There will be a new programme of SHAPE training sessions starting in September. The first training day will be at Stockton on Tees on Wednesday 2nd September from 11am to 4pm. If you would like to find out more about SHAPE training or you would like to register for this event please email:


Training venue at Stockton on Tees:
Room B001 Holliday Building
Queens Campus
Durham University
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6BH

Details at: www.dur.ac.uk/travel/toqueens/

The dates and venues for the next set of training will be released soon.
The likely venues/months are:
Late September - Peterborough
October - Birmingham and London
November - Leeds and Bristol

Access SHAPE at: www.shape.dh.gov.uk

Lost your access details or no longer wish to have access? Contact SHAPE@nepho.org.uk to request a reminder or removal.