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Centre for Healthcare Innovation & Improvement events

Events organised by our Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement research centre.


International Healthcare Workshop participants stand together in front of The Edge
International Healthcare Workshop in July 2017

CHI2 Anniversary event

11 February 2020 5.30PM, Weston Studios, The Edge, University of Bath

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement, we are holding an event to celebrate our successes and impacts.

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Workshop on Healthcare Operations, University of Bath, UK

8-10 September 2018

We organised a 3-day workshop focusing on “Improving healthcare operations through modeling and simulation” between 8-10th September 2018 on the main campus of the University of Bath, in the beautiful city of Bath in the UK. The workshop was in collaboration with Koç University and with support from a British Council/Newton Fund Researcher Links grant.

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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 conclude 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: Dr Sharon Williams – Senior Lecturer with the College of Human & Health Sciences at Swansea University Dr Eleanor Murray – Senior Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford Both speakers are also Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellows.

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ORAHS 2017 roundup

30 July - 4 August 2017

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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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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Advancing the role of operational research and analytics in health and care

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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British Council support for Higher Education MOOCs

2 January 2017

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

21-23 March 2016

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:

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

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Developing Mathematical Models in Healthcare seminar

5 February 2016

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.

CHI2 Winter seminar and networking

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.

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

13 November 2014

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

29 October 2014

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


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