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Healthcare Systems Analysis Group


Members of this group work on identified projects. Current projects include:

  • Quest for Quality and Improved Performance (Health Foundation)
  • Modelling for performance measurement of managing supply to meet stochastic demand in public services: a study of acute hospitals (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council)

Membership is by invitation. The organiser of the group is Gwyn Bevan:  r.g.bevan@lse.ac.uk| 

Profiles of members

Mara Airoldi| (Research Officer, Department of Operational Research, LSE) has a degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan where she specialized in Economics of Public Choice and an MSc in Decision Science from the LSE. She has worked as a lecturer in Decision Science at the Leeds University Business School and as a researcher in Behavioural economics at the LSE before starting her research post on the QQuIP project at the LSE, focusing on value for money in the NHS in England. She also collaborates with Catalyze, a consultancy firm that enables effective decisions in the public and private sector.

Gwyn Bevan| (Professor of Management Science, Department of Operational Research, LSE). Professor Bevan is a mathematics graduate from the University of Oxford and has worked as an academic at Warwick Business School and in Medical Schools in London and Bristol. He has also worked in industry, consulting, the Treasury, and most recently for the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI), from 2001 to 2003. At CHI he was Director of the Office for Information on Healthcare Performance, with lead responsibility for a hundred staff who worked on: NHS performance assessment, national clinical audits, national surveys of staff and patients, and all analytic work that underpinned reviews of clinical governance, investigations of perceived service failures, and studies of national service frameworks. He has contributed to multidisciplinary evaluations of two major innovations in social policy: an extension of the scope of General Practitioner fundholding in the NHS, and of allowing public funds for legal aid to be spent on mediation to resolve disputes between separating and divorcing couples. Although very different, these evaluations had a common principal finding, namely that neither innovation resulted in much change. His current research includes studies of: performance assessment and regulation of health care, value for money in the NHS in England, and modelling acute hospitals as a whole system for matching demand and supply to minimise waiting times. He is organiser of the multidisciplinary European Health Policy Group that meets twice a year to discuss policy innovations in different countries of Europe.

Sheila Leatherman| (Visiting Fellow LSE Health and Social Care; Research Professor at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Distinguished Associate, Darwin College, University of Cambridge). Professor Leatherman is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences (2002) where she serves on the Global Health Board, an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (1997) and an Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians in the U.K (2005). She conducts research and policy analysis internationally focusing on quality of care, health systems reform, performance measurement and improvement, and the economic implications of implementing quality enhancing interventions in health care delivery. She was appointed by President Clinton in 1997 to the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, chairing the sub-committee to develop a national strategy for quality measurement and reporting in the US. She is co-author of a series of chartbooks on quality of health care in the US, commissioned by the Commonwealth Fund, general (2002), child and adolescent health (2004), Medicare population (2005). In the UK, she was commissioned by The Nuffield Trust to assess the British Government's proposed quality reforms for the National Health Service in 1997-98 and evaluated the mid-term impact of the ten year quality agenda in the NHS, resulting in publication of the book, Quest for Quality in the NHS, in December 2003 and sequel, Quest for Quality in the NHS; A Chartbook on Quality in the UK (2005).

Alec Morton| (Lecturer, Department of Operational Research, LSE) has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Manchester and MSc in Operational Research and PhD in Management Science from the University of Strathclyde. He has worked as an Operational Researcher for Singapore Airlines and as a research fellow at the National University of Singapore before assuming his present position at the LSE, where he teaches applied stochastic modelling and decision analysis. He is a past Secretary and Treasurer of the Operational Research Society of Singapore and has co-organised a Decision Analysis stream at the UK OR Society Conference.

Mónica Oliveira| (Visiting research associate, LSE Health and Social Care and Lecturer, Technical University Lisbon) holds a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto, Portugal (1992/1997). In 1997 and 1998 she worked as a risk manager in Banco Santander Portugal. Afterwards she attended the MSc Operational Research at the LSE (1998/1999) and completed in 2003 her PhD thesis entitled "Achieving Geographic Equity in the Portuguese Hospital Financing System" (Operational Research Department, LSE) under funding of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Portugal. Between August 2003 and September 2004, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at LSE Health and Social Care, funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Science and High Studies. Her main research interests include the economics of hospital care, health care financing and planning, health care inequalities and health care reform.

Peter C Smith (Visiting Professor, Department of Operational Research, LSE, Director of the Centre for Health Economics, University of York). Professor Smith is a mathematics graduate from the University of Oxford, and current research interests include the financing, efficiency and performance management of the public services, topics on which he has published widely. He was founding editor of the journal Health Care Management Science, and a member of council of the Royal Statistical Society. Professor Smith advises several UK ministries on finance and productivity issues, is a board member of the Audit Commission, and chairs the advisory board of the ONS Centre for Measuring Government Activity. He has also acted as consultant to many overseas ministries and international agencies, including the OECD, the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the World Bank. He has a special interest on the links between research evidence and policy.


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