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Dr Richard Guerrero-Ludueña BEng, MEng, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Richard Guerrero-Ludueña is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Implementation Science – Wessex Academic Health Science Network, within Health Sciences, University of Southampton. Richard’s expertise is the application of Operational Research modelling in Healthcare.

I believe that process analysis and data-centric techniques are key to making best use of healthcare resources

I joined Health Sciences in April 2015 after a year as a Visitor at the Southampton Business School. Previously I was a researcher at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Barcelona.

I obtained a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Talca (Chile), a MSc in Process and Systems Engineering Research from the University of Valladolid (Spain) and a PhD at the University of Barcelona (Spain).

My work aims to support healthcare organisations in the evaluation of quality improvement, operational productivity and performance.

Research interests

I use techniques from data analytics, business process management, and operational research to analyse current performance and to model improved and more efficient future states of healthcare systems. The focus is primarily concerned with the analysis of capacity, demand, activity and queues, both at organisation and population levels.

Since 2015 my work has focused upon cancer diagnostic services improvement. This work has been undertaken in collaboration with NHS England (Wessex) and Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

As a result of this work, I have been awarded with Research Honorary Contracts with: The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS FT; Dorset County Hospital NHS FT; Poole Hospital NHS FT; Isle of Wight NHS Trust; Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust; and Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT.

I am leading regional NHS projects and I am advising NHS Wessex Clinical Network, Wessex Cancer Alliance, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, and NHS Trusts across Wessex in the analysis of cancer diagnostic capacity and demand, e.g. endoscopy modelling; introduction of new Bowel Cancer Screening programme.

I am a regular member (representing the University of Southampton and Wessex AHSN) of Wessex Cancer Alliance Board meetings; Wessex Wide Cancer Waiting Times meetings; and the Wessex Cancer Alliance Delivery Group – where all NHS Trusts, CCGs, General Practitioners (GPs), Patients, and other NHS bodies in Wessex are represented.

Cancer Diagnostic Services Capacity and Demand

Working in collaboration with UoS Business School, NHS Wessex Clinical Network, NHS Wessex Alliance, Wessex NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and NHS Trusts, I am using data-driven methodologies to evaluate and model improved, more efficient healthcare systems that can help us to prepare for an anticipated increase in cancer service demand as results of an ageing population, lifestyle factors and national cancer waiting time targets.

This work has been funded by NHS in Wessex as part of the Cancer Alliance work, linked to Dorset and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), and supported by all CCGs and NHS Trusts in Wessex as a priority work-stream. The project is part of a NHS programme to increase early detection of cancer and thereby reduce premature mortality in Wessex.

The work began in 2015 with a project modelling Colorectal Cancer Diagnostic Services pathways in Wessex and the expected impact of a new Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in the demand for endoscopy services. This led to the development of a detailed modelling and simulation of NHS endoscopy services in Wessex, including patient and staff flow mapping, bottlenecks analysis and resource utilisation rates. Working in collaboration with partners meant that access could be made available on hospital wards and time arranged with staff, all of which played a significant role in helping develop a highly detailed picture of activity, capacity, demand and queues at both hospital and population level, resulting in recommendations and potential efficiency increases that will allow faster patient pathways and greater number of patients treated, but avoiding increased costs.

As result of this work Operational Research (OR) and Data Analytics has been adopted as a method to support cancer pathways and health strategy redesign across Wessex.

I am now hoping to apply the same methodology across all cancer diagnostic services in Wessex.

NHS Trusts involved in this project:

  • Isle of Weight NHS Trust.
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • NHS Frimley Health Foundation Trust.
  • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Research findings have been presented to NHS England National Clinical Director for Diagnostics and Imaging, and to NHS England National Director for Commissioning Strategy.

£78,500 received from NHS England for endoscopy modelling in various NHS hospitals.

PhD Supervision

PhD in Statistics (Healthcare modelling): ‘Data Driven Approach to Enhancing Efficiency and Value in Healthcare’, University of Barcelona, funded by Chilean National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research-CONICYT.  

Funded projects

2015/16 £3,500 NHS England Wessex Strategic Clinical Network. Frimley Endoscopy modelling.

2015/16 £5,000 NHS England Wessex Strategic Clinical Network. Dorset Endoscopy modelling.

2015/16 £10,000 NHS England Wessex Strategic Clinical Network. Wessex cancer diagnostics demand and capacity project.

2016/17 £10,000 NHS England Wessex Strategic Clinical Network. Wessex endoscopy modelling. Follow-on funding.

2017/18 £40,000 NHS England Wessex Cancer Alliance. Wessex cancer diagnostics demand and capacity project. Follow-on funding.  

Research group

Wessex Academic Health Science Network

Affiliate research group

Wessex AHSN Centre for Implementation Science (CIS)

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Since 2015 I have supervised MSc summer projects in the application of Operational Research and Analytics in the Healthcare sector.

Dr Richard Guerrero-Ludueña
Centre for Implementation Science (CIS) Health Sciences University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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