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Improving flow through health and social care: fixing the bed crisis.

An event hosted by the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI²).

  • 15 Mar 2023, 12.00pm to 15 Mar 2023, 6.00pm GMT
  • The Edge, School of Management Suite, University of Bath
  • This event is free
Register This event is invitation-only

Current pressures on health and social care are attributable to a wide range of causes all of which manifest as capacity issues in terms of available beds and workforce and the flow of patients through the system. The ability to model future demand and capacity scenarios is essential to provide a sound basis for planning and to help ensure efficient and effective operation of discharge pathways; all of which has consequences for other parts of the system, such as A+E crowding, ambulance delays, and elective waiting lists.

This event, hosted by the School of Management, University of Bath, highlights some recent advances in modelling these issues and provides a forum to discuss practicalities such as embedding and applying them on the ground in health and care systems, and issues of data quality and access.

Intended outcomes

  • Better understanding of the dynamics of post-acute discharge pathways and a ‘whole systems’ perspective of discharge and assessment processes.
  • Improved knowledge of available data to facilitate applied research activities.
  • Identification of areas for potential future research and collaboration.


This is a face-to-face event only and will take place at ‘The Edge’ on the University of Bath campus.

Event Highlights

  • Registration and lunch 12.00-12.45
  • Introduction: Professor Christos Vasilakis, Director, Centre for Health Implementation and Improvement, School of Management, University of Bath
  • Keynote Speaker: Charles Tallack, Director of Data Analytics, The Health Foundation

Presentations and discussions including:

  • Improving Patient flow between Acute, Community and Social Care (IPACS). A decision support model for simulating capacity requirements, IPACS team.
  • A modelling framework to enable analysis of performance improvements in the provision of Home Health Care services. Dr Luca Grieco, UCL CORU.

The formal meeting closes at 16.30 with everyone welcome to stay on for further discussion at a post-event Reception.

Register for the event


This event is taking place on campus.

The Edge, School of Management Suite University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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