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Call for Applications – Workshop on Healthcare Operations: 8-10 September 2018

We are organizing a three-day workshop focusing on "Improving healthcare operations through modeling and simulation" between 8-10 September 2018 on the main campus of the University of Bath, in the beautiful city of Bath in the UK.

The workshop aims to bring together early career researchers currently based in Turkey or the UK (final year doctoral students, research associates, post-doctoral fellows and lecturers/assistant professors) with an interest in the application of operational research, systems modelling and simulation techniques to health care problems. Our vision is to provide these researchers with an academic rigorous but friendly environment in which to present their work, enhance their network and initiate new research projects.

There is no registration fee and the organizers will also cover on campus accommodation and subsistence. Participants must cover their own travel expenses.

To apply for a place please send a brief accompanying letter (no more than 200 words) and your CV to one of the organizers no later than June 30th 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-July.


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Healthcare for the 21st Century: Using Analytics to improve the design and operation of healthcare systems: 11 June 2018

Speaker: Professor Margaret Brandeau – Coleman F. Fung Professor of Engineering and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University

Providing effective, affordable, and accessible healthcare is a key challenge of the 21st century. Healthcare costs have been steadily increasing but resources for providing healthcare are limited. At the same time, emerging new technologies and massive amounts of newly available data are changing the landscape of what is possible in healthcare provision.

This talk describes how analytic and computational tools – and, more generally, an analytic way of thinking – can be used to support the design and management of effective and efficient healthcare systems. The Professor has worked with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford which has had significant impact on improving patient care while reducing costs.

This talk will cover projects in areas relating to hospital operations (operating room scheduling, capacity planning, supply management) and patient care (inpatient monitoring, triage, patient decision making). The talk will concluded with thoughts on challenges and opportunities for applying analytics to improve healthcare now and in the future.

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Supporting healthcare system change and pathway redesign with evidence and structured approaches to improvement: 23 May 2018

The Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2) and the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology of the University of Bath are holding this event in The Edge on Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 17:30-20:30.

The purpose of this event is to learn about the application of operations management and organisational theory to exploring and improving health and healthcare delivery. This event is aimed at healthcare professionals and academics with an interest in applied health research and quality improvement.

Speakers include:

Both speakers are also Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellows.

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International Healthcare Workshop with Koç University: 28–30 July 2017

With support from a British Council/Newton Fund Researcher Links grant, the centre ran an early-career researcher workshop on "Improving healthcare operations through modelling and simulation", which brought together scholars from the UK and Turkey in Bath.

Invited by the School of Management, 25 early career and senior researchers from the UK and Turkey explored innovative decision-making tools to pressing challenges in healthcare planning and management, with a particular focus in applying systems modelling and computer simulation techniques to problems in health and care.

The session was organised by Professor Christos Vasilakis, Director of the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2) at the University of Bath, and his colleagues Profs. Evrim Didem Günes and Lerzan Örmeci at Koç University in Istanbul.

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ORAHS 2017 roundup

We hosted the 43rd annual meeting of the EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services.

The ORAHS 2017 Conference took place from 30 July to 4 August and was chaired by Professor Christos Vasilakis.

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Advancing the role of operational research and analytics in health and care: Tuesday 23 May 2017

Operational research (OR) and advanced analytics, also known as 'the science of better', have been used over a number of decades by industry to improve operations, products and services. Despite a number of successful projects and initiatives with considerable beneficial impact, there is evidence to suggest that health and care organisations have failed to benefit systematically from the use of these methods.

In this event we aim to gather a number of key national experts and stakeholders to review examples of successful local initiatives and discuss developing initiatives aimed at advancing the role and visibility of OR and advanced analytics.

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CHI2 Winter seminar and networking: Monday 18 January 2016

Our next winter event will take place at the University of Bath.

We are delighted to welcome Prof Martin Pitt, University from Exeter and Director of PenCHORD (Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development).

For more details please contact Joanna Aspin, 01225 383360

British Council support for Higher Education MOOCs

The British Council and online learning platform FutureLearn have joined forces to promote UK Higher Education in 2017.

From 2 January to 31 March 2017, the British Council are offering free FutureLearn Certificates of Achievement to learners in 35 eligible countries who complete a UK Higher Education course. The certificates, which normally cost between £39 and £59, are a valuable record of learning and include a detailed transcript.

Over 10,000 certificates will be available for learners in 35 countries. For more information and to view a list of eligible countries, visit

Learners on our free course in Quality Improvement in Healthcare will be among those able to apply for a free certificate. This six-week course explores new ways of organising health and social care services to improve quality. The course will start on Monday 16 January and is open for registration now.

For more information or to register for our course, visit

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IMA Health 2016 conference co-chaired by Chi2 director

The 8th IMA Conference on Quantitative Modelling in the Management Of Health and Social Care is taking place between 21-23 March 2016 in London. 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 include:

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Developing Mathematical Models in Healthcare seminar

Dr Christos Vasilakis who is director of the newly established Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2) will be speaking at this event. In his talk, Christos will overview the role of Operational Research in redesigning healthcare services, focussing on a particular project that aimed to design an evaluation framework for assessing the acceptability, implementation and cost-effectiveness of an innovative service configuration for 'streamlining' outpatient glaucoma clinics within a specialist hospital in England.

If you would like to attend the event, please register by emailing Dr Julie Vile, Lecturer in Operational Research School of Mathematics, Cardiff University

Date: Thursday 5th February, 15:45 – 18:00.

Location: Cardiff University.

Modelling Healthcare Systems event in Bristol organised by the West of England Academic Health Science Network with help and input from CHI2

The director of CHI2, Dr Christos Vasilakis, will be speaking, among others, about systems modelling and computer simulation and its application in the healthcare setting.

Date: Thursday 13 November, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Location: M Shed in Bristol.

Public seminar by Dr Christos Vasilakis at the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol

Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014.
Location: University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, BS8 2PS.


Free online course empowers individuals to improve NHS

A new free online course is aiming to give people working in health and social care organisations the skills and confidence to improve the quality of healthcare provision. Quality Improvement in Healthcare is offered by the University of Bath in partnership with the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) through the FutureLearn platform - the UK’s leading organisation for the provision of MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses.

Congratulation to our CHI2 colleague Dr Jens Roehrich and Dr Steve Conway who have recently received funding from West of England Academic Health Science Network

Congratulation to our CHI2 colleague Dr Jens Roehrich and Dr Steve Conway (Visiting Research Fellow) who have recently received funding from West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) for a 3.5 year research project as part of a £250K funded collaboration between the University of Cardiff, the University of Bath, the University of Bristol and UWE. The overall aim of the project is to design and implement a framework and methodology to evidence the value of the WEAHSN. The project conducted by the University of Bath team will be an applied, empirically driven piece of research designed to deliver measurable impact to the regional health economy in addition to academic publications. Our researchers will investigate innovation networks within the health sector supply chains spanning both public and private boundaries.

Official launch of the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation & Improvement

On Thursday 22 January, the School of Management welcomed over 100 special guests to the launch of its latest research centre, the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2).

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Congratulations to Margaret Greenwood, who has been awarded a three year ESRC grant to investigate the changing landscape of public audit.

Margaret says: It was fantastic news to learn of the grant award and I’m very much looking forward to starting the project in earnest. I  would like in particular to thank the many stakeholders who have sustained an interest in the project throughout the long period of application and review and who have agreed to support it with their time and other resources. Many of these stakeholders have already been generous with their time including senior representatives from the Audit Commission, the Local Government Association, the NHS Confederation, the NHS Foundation Trust regulator (Monitor), and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

The award was made under a competitive scheme in which 6 bids were submitted, across all social science subjects, for each available award.

New case study of the Centre's engaged researchers

The Public Engagement Unit at the University of Bath has recently published a new case study of the research conducted by the director of CHI2. Christos' research focuses on how mathematical modelling and computer simulation techniques can resolve healthcare delivery problems. He collaborates with health and social care managers and professionals to identify and tackle challenges in the sector.

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New research to improve on the health challenges in seven day hospital care

The lottery of patient prognosis determined by the time of day, and day of the week that a patient is admitted to hospital is to be challenged thanks to a new research collaboration between researchers at Bath and the city's Royal United Hospital (RUH).

Currently, a patient in the UK that falls seriously ill over the weekend has a higher chance of dying over the next 30 days compared to an almost identical patient admitted to the same hospital during the week.

Researchers from our School of Management will team up with clinicians and managers at the RUH to study this international problem and identify black spots for patient care throughout the year, be that out of hours or weekend admission, and the scale of the issue.

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Europe sees mixed results from Public-Private Partnerships for building and managing health care facilities and services

The School of Management’s Dr Jens Roehrich, alongside Professor James Barlow of Imperial College London and Executive Director of the European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture (ECHAA) Steve Wright, were recently interviewed by the Journal de Montréal regarding their research into Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for building and managing healthcare facilities and services. The interview was prompted by a need in Montréal for engaging in public-private relationships to deliver a new hospital.

Download Europe Sees Mixed Results From Public-Private Partnerships For Building And Managing Health Care Facilities And Services in Health Affairs external website

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Are public-private partnerships a healthy option? A systematic literature review

The Centre’s Associates Jens Roehrich and Mike Lewis, alongside Professor Gerry George from Imperial College Business School, recently published a comprehensive and systematic literature analysis of public-private partnership (PPP) studies. Governments around the world, but especially in Europe, have increasingly used private sector involvement in developing, financing and providing public health infrastructure and service delivery through PPPs. This is one of the first studies to analyse and synthesis over 1,400 PPP publications from a wide range of disciplines over a 20-year time period. The paper offers a comprehensive multi-dimensional framework of public-private partnerships which may prove helpful for academics and practitioners alike to understand the various facets of PPPS and to draw out new directions for further research and practice.

Are public-private partnerships a healthy option? A systematic literature review in Social Science & Medicine external website

University project features on Government website

Research from the University has been featured on this year’s Parliamentary report on Research & Development in assistive technology on the Department of Health website. 

This annual report is published in accordance with section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 and describes the wide range of Government funded projects supporting the development, introduction and evaluation of assistive technology that might increase the range of activities and independence or wellbeing of disabled and older people.

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