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Operational Research in Health, Pro Bono & AGM

Friday, 26 Aug 2016 (revised date: Friday, 2 Sep 2016)
Tony Hines

REMINDER: Places are filling fast!        




Wednesday 14, September 2016

15:00 – 18:00

Seminar Room 3, South Campus Teaching HUB, 140 Chatham St, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L7 7BA


Free event open to all

 Book now to reserve your place!

You are invited to the NW OR Society Group event, featuring presentations from:


Department of Health (DH)

Unique Improvement Ltd

OR Society

University of Liverpool


15:00 – 15:15    Registration and refreshments

15:15 – 15:20    Welcome and introduction Prof. Tony Hines (NW OR Group Chair)

15:20 – 15:50    Addressing loneliness in Rural North Yorkshire – Sarah Culkin (Department of Health)

Pro Bono OR Society Project:  An organisation in the North of England took over a rural monitoring service for the elderly and was very keen to ensure that as much benefit as possible could be provided for recipients of the service.  It therefore requested a pro bono study to help understand how a strategy for improving the service could be constructed.  In this talk I will describe my experiences and results.


15:50 – 16:20   ‘Setting the Guinea Pigs Free – Towards a New Model of Social Marketing’
                      (Linda Henry – Unique Improvement Ltd)


The process of applying structure and approaches to engagement of people in deprived communities to achieve improvement in a range of health and social care topics is the theme of my talk. This sets the scene for the pro bono work; I will talk about our approach to the work, the techniques used and some of the examples of success.  Many community programmes do not know how to measure impact and social value so I will conclude with this. Participants should get an easy to understand resource on how we do it and the things they need to consider when looking for funding and measuring impact as customers these days buy ‘outcomes and impact’.

16:20 – 16:30    Break

16:30 – 16:50    OR Society Pro-Bono (Felicity McLeister – OR Society)

              Find out more about the OR Society’s Pro Bono initiative and how you can get involved!

16:50 – 17:00    OR in University of Liverpool (Speaker TBC - University of Liverpool)

17:00 – 17:30    NW OR Regional Society Annual General Meeting (OR Society members only)

17:30 – 18:00    Networking and Close


There will be no charge for this event. Coffee and tea will be provided.


We look forward to seeing you all there!



If you have any queries about the event

Please email   Alison Gaskill at

                        Eleni Vakouftsi at

Places are limited to 60 so if you would like to attend please book on our Eventbrite event page here. Places will be issued on a first come first served basis and he will confirm whether or not you have been granted a place. If you later find you cannot attend please get in touch so your place can be offered to someone else.


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