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Future Meetings

DoctOR will see you now – how OR is putting new life into the NHS

Venue: Ye Olde Watling pub
Speaker: Charles Tallack, Head of Operational Research and Evaluation, NHS England
Date: Tuesday, 09 May 2017 at 18:00

“… we will expand NHS operational research, RCT capability and other methods to promote more rigorous ways of answering high impact questions in health services redesign.“ 

OR doesn’t often get a mention in a national government strategy document, so this statement from the 2014 NHS Five Year Forward View, the blueprint for redesign of the NHS, is both exciting and daunting.  Charles was subsequently appointed to set up and lead the NHS England Operational Research and Evaluation Unit.  His team is contributing to the transformation of the NHS, and evaluating the impact that new models of care being piloted are having.  They are modelling how the changes are supposed to work, and testing these models using advanced analytical techniques.

Charles will talk about the pioneering approaches the team are taking and the impact that they are having on the issues and challenges facing the NHS, and how he’s come to see OR and evaluation as natural bed fellows.


Date and Time: Tuesday 9th May, 6.00pm (for 6:30pm start)

Location: In the upstairs bar of Ye Olde Watling, on the Corner of Bow Lane and Watling Street nearest stations are Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) and Bank (exit 8) for tube, or Cannon Street and City Thameslink for rail. The event is open to all and with a free buffet of sandwiches available afterwards.

For further details contact: Sandra Weddell Tel: 020 3054 8693, Email: or Suchi Collingwood Tel: 0113 825 1948, Email: