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Professor Sally Brailsford BSc MSc PhD

Professor of Management Science

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Professor Sally Brailsford is Professor of Management Science within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.

Sally obtained a BSc in Mathematics from Kings College London, and then worked for several years as a nurse in the NHS before obtaining an MSc and then a PhD in Operational Research from Southampton. Her research is in the area of healthcare simulation modelling: to evaluate treatments and screening programmes, or to redesign and improve service delivery. Sally has worked for over 25 years in many different disease fields including diabetes, cancer, mental health and HIV/AIDS, in addition to emergency care and end-of-life care. From 2012-15 she was Vice-President 1 of EURO, the Association of European OR Societies, and is currently Coordinator of the EURO Working Group on OR Applied to Health Services (ORAHS). She is one of the Editors-in-Chief of the UK OR Society’s journal Health Systems and is on the editorial boards of Health Care Management Science, the Journal of Simulation and Operations Research for Health Care. She is the only person ever to have won the OR Society's Goodeve Medal three times: in 2004 for modelling emergency healthcare services in Nottingham, in 2006 for modelling chlamydia infection, and in 2015 for modelling the supply and demand for dental care in Sri Lanka.

Research interests

My research has been 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 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.

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Professor Sally Brailsford
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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