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T: 01636 816 466

The Old Vicarage
Station Road, Rolleston
NG23 5SE                              

Operational Research

You can always be more efficient

Operational Research is all about using analysis to improve decision making. Dr Angela Moore uses mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, optimisation, sequencing and scheduling techniques to create simple heuristics you can employ to run your operation more efficiently.

Optimising Equipment

Today I was talking to our local MP and the subject of the local Hospital came up and CT Scanners. Now what I have observed is that Hospitals only use their scanners CT or MRI during office hours for routine scans and emergency scans over the weekends and at night. Now practically this makes no sense. The costs of the scanners are in the region of £1,000,000. Now, in the production industry, equipment like that would be a bottle neck and you would want to run it 24/7 if possible. The operating costs per hour would be up to 25% more but from just one scanner you would get the equivalent of four scanners. So optimising the productively by using the equipment 24/7 makes sense, unless the cost of operating the equipment was greater than £800,000 per year then it makes more sense to buy multiple machines. Or if the workload for the equipment was lower than a 24/7 requirement then you need only operate it for as long as needed.

Operating equipment like this steadily over a 24/7 period means that the effect of the bottle neck is minimised and that the people operating the equipment are less likely to be overworked. This is especially important in the health industry where you are not dealing with objects but people. People do not like to be forced to wait to go through a machine just because you don’t want to operate it 24/7. Also scans are part of the diagnosis so speeding up waiting times means that people can be treated quicker and more effectively than if they are forced to wait hours or days before being scanned. Forcing people to wait if they are admitted on Friday with a non urgent case, till Monday is not an effective use of hospital resources.

Setting up 24/7 shift patterns which help staff maintain a good work/life balance, and maintains a smooth operation is our speciality. We can show you how to operate your business effectively so that holidays and sickness do not affect your operation.