Planning, Forecasting and Costing
The core function of the Benson model is to combine historic data to build a “baseline” model, and apply assumptions about future demand and delivery to facilitate future planning. This may take the form of short term planning (budgets, rosters) or longer term forecasting and strategic development.
Benson is primarily a demand forecasting methodology that predicts clinical workload based on the desired delivery model and patterns of demand. We can estimate demand for each pathway or intervention by reviewing historic referrals, patient engagement or for universal services by demographic profiling.
The core Benson model is based on a plan for one year of activity. We can extrapolate these assumptions across a longer period, commonly 3 or 5 years by taking these assumptions and looking at other factors and challenges facing the future service including population growth and changes in service commissioning and funding. This provides a longer view over multiple years, and in some cases development of multiple scenarios to review the impact of various structures, by reviewing the projected impact for instance on clinical time and workforce requirements.
We have also been able to introduce new variables such as staff retention rates to estimate the number of new practitioners required over a certain period.