Computational Modelling Group

Prof. Sally Brailsford

Management (FBL)
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I have a BSc in Mathematics from King's College, University of London, the Diploma of the Institute of Linguistics (in Russian), and an MSc and PhD in Operational Research from the University of Southampton. Prior to my MSc I worked for 13 years as a freelance translator of Russian mathematical journals, and for the NHS as a nurse.

My research is chiefly in the area of health care modelling - to evaluate treatments and screening programmes, to allocate resources, to redesign processes and to improve systems. I have worked specifically in the disease fields of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, mental health and sexually transmitted diseases, in emergency care and in healthcare information systems. I have mainly used discrete-event simulation and system dynamics as modelling tools. I am interested in incorporating behavioural factors in simulation models, in combining simulation methodologies, and in combining simulation with other approaches such as optimisation. In recent years my interests have moved away from actually developing models towards understanding why OR models are not widely implemented in the NHS, compared with other industries. I have twice won the UK OR Society's Goodeve Medal, in 2004 for system dynamics modelling of emergency health care services in Nottingham, and in 2006 for modelling of chlamydia infection. I am Chair of the EURO Working Group on OR Applied to Health Services (ORAHS).

Sally's team members

Elisabeth zu-Erbach-Schoenberg
Postgraduate Research Student, Management (FBL)

Joint projects with...

Jakub Bijak
Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences (FSHS)
Seth Bullock
Professor, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Jason Noble
Research Fellow, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)

Research Groups



System Dynamics model of the Nottingham emergcncy health care system, 2003