Health Systems Research Group

The Health Systems Research Group in the Department of Management Science is a grouping of management scientists with a common interest in the development and application of Management Science/Operational Research methods, quantitative and qualitative, to important health systems issues.

Whilst the health systems research issues tackled are wide and varied, many of them relate to the general challenges of helping health systems to make better use of available resources, in terms of both improving efficiency and improving patient experiences. Much of it concerns knowledge transfer, be it between researchers and practitioners, between industry and healthcare, or between the health systems of different countries.

Research is undertaken in a variety of modes including longer term research via PhD, Research Council funded projects, and NHS R&D funded projects; and shorter term research via Masters student projects and consultancy projects. This mix of research modes means that shorter term projects designed to meet fast-moving NHS timescales can be informed by ongoing research and expertise, whilst longer term research can benefit from genuine experience of the real issues faced within health systems. Examples of MRes/PhD research and Masters projects can be accessed below.

Lancaster University Management Science staff directly involved in HSRC are Dr Dave Worthington, Dr Stephan Onggo and Emeritus Professor Mike Pidd. Associated staff are Dr Tony Hindle and Dr Claire Worthington. Research students currently undertaking health systems research are Ave McIntosh, David Oakley and Dan Suen.

In addition HSRC is able to call upon the expertise of many other Lancaster staff not directly involved in HSRC. For example, Dr Roger Brooks, Graham Rand, Dr Stephan Onggo, Dr Adam Hindle, Professor Richard Eglese, Dr Zhan Pang, Professor Matthias Ehrgott, Professor Monideepa Tarafdar and Professor David Brown have all been involved in health systems projects in recent years.


If you have any queries about MRes/PhD research or Masters student projects you wish to discuss, please contact Dave Worthington via email or via phone on (01524) 593872.

If you would like to apply for a PhD, please click here for application information.