The first Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) conference on Quantitative Modelling in the Management of Healthcare was organised in 1995 by Rose Baker at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. Its aim was to bring together mathematicians, operational researchers, statisticians, economists, computer scientists, and health care managers and clinicians from across the UK with a view to bridging the gap between the communities and to exploring recent developments and identifying fruitful avenues for further research. The success of the conference incited Rose Baker to organise three other equally successful conferences in Manchester in 1997, 2000, and 2004.
Over these years, the field of health care modelling saw a sustained growth nationally and internationally, and an increasing interest from health service professionals. In a recent international review of the research status of operational research in the UK commissioned by the Engineering and Physical...
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