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Blackett Memorial Lecture


Fully Booked


Blackett Memorial Lecture

The Society is pleased to announce that the 2014 Blackett Memorial Lecture will be given by

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh  

National Medical Director, NHS England


Opportunities and challenges for the NHS

The NHS faces unprecedented challenges as a consequence of increasing demand, escalating treatment costs and rising expectations in a tight financial climate. Addressing these issues demands an understanding of efficiency and value in our healthcare system.

Improving clinical outcomes and patient experience of care is at the heart of what leaders and managers of the NHS are asked to do. Achieving this goal requires clinical leadership and best available clinical evidence. It also requires richer data and the expertise of the social and management sciences, including Operational Research. 

The lecture will describe some examples from Prof Keogh’s own experience in working in the NHS in recent years of bringing together clinicians, data and analysis to help understanding of how to improve outcomes and patient experience. The lecture will focus on examples in urgent and emergency care, where interdisciplinary collaboration between clinicians, operational researchers and economists is helping us to understand how the very complex emergency care system might respond to rising demand for services. The tools being devised to promote and reward implementation of better models of care are already producing demonstrable results for patients with major conditions, such as trauma, stroke and a range of other services.

Sir Bruce Edward Keogh, KBE, FRCS, FRCP, (born 24 November 1954) has been Medical Director of the National Health Service in England since 2007 and National Medical Director of the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) since 2013. 


Wednesday 26 November 2014

Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, London, EC2R 8AD

Grocers’ Hall is situated in the heart of the City of London in a private courtyard opposite the Bank of England. A one minute walk from Bank Station (exit 2), which is served by the Central, Circle, District and Northern Underground lines as well as the Docklands Light Railway and Waterloo and City line. Moorgate, Liverpool Street and Cannon Street British Rail stations are all just a five minute walk away.
From Bank underground station, follow signs for Bank exit 2. This will bring you to a set of stairs. Take the right hand set of steps to street level. At the top of the steps is Natwest on the corner of Princes Street. Go straight down Princes Street (Bank of England will be on your right) and on your left hand side you will see a bus stop. Just before the bus stop is a courtyard entrance and Grocers’ Hall is behind this (to the left of number 7 Princes Street)

Lecture at 4.30 pm
(Tea and biscuits at 4.00 pm; Drinks reception 6.00 - 7.00pm after the lecture)

Please be advised that the Blackett Lecture is now fully booked. 
If you have any queries, please contact Hilary Wilkes on

For further information about the history of Operational Research, please see History of O.R.
For information on the 2013 and previous lectures, take a look under the 'Watch / Listen / Download' tab.