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Slides from the OR in Health, Pro Bono Meeting in Liverpool

Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 (revised date: Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016)
Cara Quinton

We had a really informative afternoon at Liverpool University last week when we held our first meeting of the year. We had three great presentations. Sarah Culkin from the Department of Health gave the audience insights into how she had become involved with pro bono work in the health service examining lonliness in rural North Yorkshire. It was really interesting to see the various stages in the project and how OR had helped shaped thinking for the project, the analysis and achieved the aims. Sarah has kindly agreed to share her slides and they are available to members here. This was followed by Linda Henry's talk about how she got involved organizing volunteers (team members) to do research to benefit the communities where they live. Linda too gave some great examples of how these projects came about, were conducted and managed to achieve aims measured through key performance indicators. Linda agreed to share her slides too. Last but certainly not least Felicity McLeister who looks after Pro Bono initiatives at the OR Society gave the audience a detailed description of how and why Pro Bono initiatives work at the Society and how the process is managed and supported by Felicity and her colleagues. Felicity also pointed members to resources on the OR Society Website. There were some very good questions to all three speakers. At the end of these three presentations All in all a good afternoon. Our thanks to the University of Liverpool for hosting the event and making everyone feel welcome. We look forward to working with them again in the future. We had a very good open discussion at the end of the meeting about possibilities for future meetings too. 

Linda contacted me to say that she had some opportunities for junior analysts on her programmes with established teams in NE Lincolnshire and Salford. There is also an opportunity to work on a new 'Early Presentation of Cancer programme' in Hastings and Rother. In the latter case it is an opportunity to get involved from the start and see every step. If you want to follow up with this simply contact Linda directly: or call 0151 486 6737.


Felicity would also be pleased to here from anyone who wants to follow up Pro Bono opportunities with the OR Society and can be contacted at


Our next meeting will be on 'Emergency Planning' and that will be held in Warrington. I will be providing more details for you to get this meeting in your diary shortly. It is likely to be the first or second Wednesday in December. Full details to follow...

Tony Hines