Cumberland Initiative

The Cumberland Initiative, led by Brunel University London Professor Terry Young, is aimed at developing simulations of the healthcare processes, systems and computer models to enable health service staff to operate and deploy resources in the most efficient ways. Another goal is to develop a health sector of new knowledge jobs to boost the economy.
The initiative looks to challenge the current healthcare process and help save 20% from the current annual NHS budget through improving healthcare process.

Cumberland website

The CumberLab

The Brunel-led Cumberland Initiative opened a ‘living lab’ for clinicians and health managers to play ‘war games’ with the NHS using large scale computer gaming and other modelling techniques. The lab includes a mocked up A&E where clinicians and managers can try out different scenarios for making emergency departments more effective - without practising new ideas on sick patients in a busy hospital. The ‘CumberLab’ aims to be a national test bed for NHS innovation, and opened for business on July 6 in Slough.

Research expertise

The Cumberland Initiative offers a network of experts with the ability to diagnose problems and walk through solutions with healthcare agencies, and a neutral space in which to trial new service concepts, including the adoption of technology.

Research Solutions for the Healthcare Sector

  • Unscheduled Care: This short video focuses on urgent and emergency care. It showcases clinical and modelling expertise from the Cumberland Initiative to see how the challenges articulated by Dr Paynton can be met through systems thinking and tools.
  • Multiple Long Term Conditions: This short video focuses on the growing challenge of people with more than one long term condition. As we age, we all have more and more medical issues to manage. The video showcases clinical and modelling expertise from the Cumberland Initiative to see how these health challenges can be met through systems thinking and tools.
  • Modelling to change minds: The quality of our decisions depends upon the quality of our model. If the model is all in our heads, then we will have difficulties when we encounter new scenarios or where we are faced with complexity. Healthcare is facing new challenges every day and the complexity is extreme. Computer-based models have the advantage that they do not forget and do not lose track. So perhaps healthcare decisions would do well to use them more in designing new services, setting metrics and troubleshooting existing services.

Need an expert?

Please get in touch for more information and ways of collaborating with our expert scientists by emailing Averil Horton

For more information about the Cumberland Initiative please email: or phone: +44 (0)1895 267060.

Page last updated: Thursday 19 November 2015