Sally is Professor of Management Science at the University of Southampton. She has worked in the area of healthcare Operational Research (OR) since the late 1980s, mainly using discrete-event simulation and system dynamics. She has applied both approaches to a wide variety of healthcare-related problems. Her current research interests include hybrid simulation methods and behavioural OR.
- Healthcare modelling
- Hybrid simulation
- Behavioural Operational Research
Sally is currently working on two NIHR-funded projects, both using system dynamics models to improve the care of older people.
Sally obtained a BSc in Mathematics from Kings College London in 1973 but then worked for many years in the UK National Health Service as a nurse. Her academic career began in the late 1980s when she obtained an MSc and then a PhD in Operational Research (OR) from the University of Southampton. She has worked at Southampton ever since, mainly in the area of healthcare-related OR.
She was chair of the EURO Working Group on OR Applied to Health Services (ORAHS) from 2010-19. She is the only person to have won the UK OR Society's Goodeve Medal three times, for the best paper published in the Journal of the OR Society that year: in 2004 for modelling emergency healthcare services in Nottingham, in 2006 for modelling chlamydia infection, and in 2015 for modelling the dental workforce in Sri Lanka. She was a founding co-Editor-in-Chief of the OR Society journal Health Systems from 2010-19 and is on the Editorial Boards of Health Care Management Science and Health Care Operations Research. In 2016 she was made a Companion of OR by the UK OR Society in recognition of her contribution to health OR.
- Stanford 2% Global Scientist Citation Rankings (2021)
- Goodeve Medal (2004)
- Goodeve Medal (2006)
- Goodeve Medal (2015)
- Companion of Operational Research (2015)