7th IMA Conference on Quantitative Modelling in the Management of Health and Social Care

Date: Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 March 2013
Location: Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

This conference is now over. Special thanks to everyone that attended.

Aim and Scope

Health and Social Care systems are facings 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. Mathematical modelling and computer simulation techniques (statistical analysis, stochastic processes, queuing theory, mathematical programming, heuristics, discrete event simulation, system dynamics, etc) have shown to be increasingly valuable in providing useful information to aid planning and management.

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

Call for Papers

We invite researchers in all relevant problem domains and methodologies to submit abstracts of 300 words by Friday 14 December 2012 either online at or by e-mail to Case studies and methodological papers are both welcome. Please state whether your title is intended for oral or poster presentation. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of January 2013. Poster presentations are particularly welcome as they stimulate discussion and feedback. We are also planning a special poster presentation session for research students and others to show their work in progress.

Download call for papers (Word Document) | Download call for papers (PDF)

Confirmed invited speakers include

Dr Charles Alessi, Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care and former Director of Medicine and Clinical Governance for the British Armed Forces
Professor Stephen E. Chick, Professor of Technology and Operations Management, Novartis Chair of Healthcare Management, INSEAD, France
Dr David Paynton, FRCGP, DMS, MBE, Practicing GP, Clinical lead for Out of Hospital care at Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group and National Clinical Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioner’s Centre for Commissioning
Dr Geoff Royston, President of the Operational Research Society and former Head of Strategic Analysis and Operational Research in the Department of Health for England.
Professor Peter Smith, Professor of Policy and co-Director of Centre for Health Policy, Imperial College London.

Organising Committee

Professor Thierry Chaussalet, University of Westminster – Chair
Dr Christos Vasilakis, CORU, University College London – Co-Chair
Professor Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton
Dr Eren Demir, University of Hertfordshire
Professor Simon Jones, University of Surrey
Professor Paul Lisboa, Liverpool John Moores University
Dr Martin Pitt, Peninsula Medical School

Conference fees
Early Bird Fees* apply until 25 February Conference Fees (after 25 February)
IMA Member £330 £380
Non-IMA Member £395 £445
Student £215 £265

Conference venue

Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ
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Downloads (Including full conference programme)

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Call for papers (Word Document) | Call for papers (PDF)

Contact information

For general conference queries please contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer
E-mail: Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.