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One-day conference on OR in Health

Venue: Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

PLETHORA (PLanning for Effective Transformation of Healthcare using OR and Advanced Analytics) is a 12-month project funded by the Health Foundation.  Its aim is to develop an action plan for widening the routine use of OR and analytics within the NHS.  The project team includes academic researchers, frontline clinicians, NHS managers and analysts, policy makers, and public health consultants. The project is now drawing to an end, and we are organising a one-day interactive conference in central London on May 16 to present our findings and get audience feedback. 

Healthcare professionals new to OR are particularly welcome (and can attend free of charge) but the event will be of interest to anyone working in health OR.   The standard registration fee is £40 and the deadline for registration is Thursday May 10.  Spaces are still available: full details of the programme and information about how to register can be found at  

Keynote speakers include

  • Abraham George, Consultant in Public Health at Kent County Council and developer of the Kent Integrated Data Set;
  • Martin Caunt, Programme Director of the Improvement Analytics Unit, an innovative partnership between the Health Foundation and NHS England;
  • Dominic Cushnan, Digital & Social Transformation, NHS Horizons, NHS England

NHS Analyst Networking Event

Venue: University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish St, London W1W 6UW
Speaker: Paul Stroner, Chair of APHA, and Iain Wallen, Director of Information and Analytics at NHS Improvement
Date: Monday, 06 March 2017 at 17:15 - 19:45


There are very few opportunities if any, for NHS Analysts from all parts of the system to get together.

At the Association of Professional Health Care Analysts (AphA) and the Operational Research Society (OR Society)) we firmly believe that such opportunities are not only useful but are invaluable for networking and learning.

We are organising an event held at the University of Westminster to bring analysts together from across the London region for an opportunity to network and potentially create an infrastructure to allow future collaboration.

Colleagues from both the AphA and the OR Society will be speaking at the event alongside an invited speaker. The indicative programme is as follows

-          4.30-5.15pm: Registration and tea/coffee

-          5.15-5.30pm: Introduction by Paul Stroner, Chair of APHA and Thierry Chaussalet, Chair of OR Society HSS SIG

-          5.30-7.00pm: Invited talk by Iain Wallen,  Director of Information and Analytics at NHS Improvement, followed by Interactive workshops facilitated by Jhung-Ha Kwon, Head of Analytical Development, NHS Improvement; and Keith Khunpha, Demand and Capacity
Technical Lead, NHS England.

-          7.00-7.45pm: Networking around drinks and nibbles 

The event is free of charge but you must book your place by emailing [email protected]

We would also be grateful if you could distribute this as widely as possible to all those who may be interested.

Many thanks and kind regards.

PL Stroner

T Chaussalet                                                 

Chairman AphA

OR Society HSS SIG Chair

8th IMA Conference on Quantitative Modelling in the Management of Health and Social Care Conference

Venue: Asia House, London
Speaker: Various
Date: Monday, 21 March 2016 TBC - 23 March 2016 

Aim and Scope

Health and Social Care systems are facing major challenges worldwide, due in part to changes in demography and advances in technology and in part to changes in the structure and organisation of the system whether they are hospitals, general practitioners or long-term care settings. Yet running health and social care systems efficiently and effectively is crucial to improving or even maintaining our quality of life.

Over the years, extensive research has been conducted to find immediate and long-term solutions to issues that are routinely faced by health and social care professionals, such as waiting lists and bed capacity, hospital redesign, workforce planning and scheduling, patient flow, performance management, disease monitoring, and health care technology assessment. In addition, there has been an exponential growth in the generation of data whether routinely for administrative or financial purposes or more specifically for clinical or research purposes including through devices and sensors.

Quantitative modelling and computer simulation techniques have been shown to be increasingly valuable in providing useful information to aid planning and management however studies have often been limited in their attempts to exploit the wealth of data.

The aim of the conference is to bring together health care managers, clinicians, management consultants, and mathematicians, operational researchers, statisticians, health economists, computing and data scientists from across the world with a view to bridging the gap between the respective communities and to exploring recent developments in quantitative modelling and identifying fruitful avenues for further research.

Invited Speakers

As usual the conference will feature a blend of internationally recognised academics, policy advisors, and decision makers from the health and social care sector. To date, these include:

  • Prof Michael Carter, Director of the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr Geraint Lewis, Chief Data Officer, NHS England
  • Kingsley Manning, Chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, UK
  • Prof Terry Mills, Honorary Statistician at Bendigo Health, and Emeritus Professor in Mathematics at La Trobe University, Australia
  • Prof Jeremy Wyatt, Director of the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics, University of Leeds, UK

Further information

For further information on this conference, please visit the conference webpage:

Contact information

For scientific queries please contact: Thierry Chaussalet, [email protected]

For general conference queries please contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer E-mail: [email protected] Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020