The OR Society's Annual Blackett Memorial Lecture

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The OR Society is pleased to announce that the 2014 Blackett Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England

His lecture is titled: ‘Opportunities and challenges for the NHS’. The NHS faces unprecedented challenges as a consequence of increasing demand, escalating treatment costs and rising expectations in a tight financial climate. Addressing these issues demands an understanding of efficiency and value in our healthcare system.

Improving clinical outcomes and patient experience of care is at the heart of what leaders and managers of the NHS are asked to do. Achieving this goal requires clinical leadership and best available clinical evidence. It also requires richer data and the expertise of the social and management sciences, including Operational Research.

The lecture will describe some examples from Prof Keogh’s own experience in working in the NHS in recent years of bringing together clinicians, data and analysis to help understanding of how to improve outcomes and patient experience. The lecture will focus on examples in urgent and emergency care, where interdisciplinary collaboration between clinicians, operational researchers and economists is helping us to understand how the very complex emergency care system might respond to rising demand for services. The tools being devised to promote and reward implementation of better models of care are already producing demonstrable results for patients with major conditions, such as trauma, stroke and a range of other services.

Sir Bruce Edward Keogh, KBE, FRCS, FRCP, (born 24 November 1954) has been Medical Director of the National Health Service in England since 2007 and National Medical Director of the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) since 2013.

Wednesday 26 November 2014, Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, London, EC2R 8AD. Lecture at 4.30 pm
(Tea and biscuits at 4.00 pm; Drinks reception 6.00 – 7.00 pm, after the lecture)

About The OR Society
Founded over 50 years ago, the OR Society is the world's oldest-established learned society catering to the Operational Research (O.R.) profession, and one of the largest in the world, with 2500 members in 53 countries

About Operational Research (O.R.)
Operational Research (O.R.), is the discipline of applying appropriate analytical methods to help those who run organisations make better decisions. It's a 'real world' discipline with a focus on improving the complex systems and processes that underpin everybody’s daily lives - O.R. is the 'science of better'.

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