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Dr Michael Allen

Dr Michael Allen

Senior Modeller


 +44 (0) 1392 726080

 South Cloisters 


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Michael's career has taken him steadily from new medicine R&D through to organization of healthcare services. While working in Pharma R&D he developed an interest in how systems operate and may be improved, and especially in the value of using computer simulation to help optimize pharma R&D and then healthcare systems.

Broad research specialisms

Application of computer simulations (especially Discrete Event Simulation and Systems Dynamics) to improving delivery of healthcare.

Michael also have an interest in the application of process improvement methodologies, such as Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints, to healthcare.


Ph.D. (University of Manchester), B.Sc. (Pharmacology, University of Bath)


Research interests

Example recent papers:

Allen, M. and Thornton, S. (2013), Providing one-to-one care in labour. Analysis of ‘Birthrate Plus’ labour ward staffing in real and simulated labour ward environments. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 120: 100–107.

Clarey, A., Allen, M., Brace-McDonnell, S. & Cooke, M. (2013) Ambulance handovers – can a dedicated ED nurse solve the delay in ambulance turnaround times? Emergency Medicine Journal (in press, on oline

Research projects

Many of projects have fast turn around (3-4 months) in order to fit with the rapid changing healthcare environments. At this time the projects Michael is involved with include:

• Organization and capacity of neonatal care in the South West
• Orthopedic surgery waiting times
• Organization of mental health services
• Primary care: models of patient access


NIHR - The right cot, at the right time, at the right place. Use of Neonatal Survey(data and computer simulation technology to improve design and organisation of neonatal care networks (


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