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Dr Mike Allen

Senior Modeller

Kath Maguire

My research interests are in the application of computer simulation modelling to improving the quality and efficiency of health systems. Projects have included whole hospital bed modelling, mental health referral systems, labour ward staffing, operating theatre throughput, surgical referral-to-treatment waiting times, community nurse travel distances, neonatal network capacity, and ambulance handover in emergency departments.

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Contact by phone
01392 726080

Employed by
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Areas of expertise
Simulation Modelling


PenCHORD - Cornwall acute and community stroke bed capacity modelling

PenCHORD - 18 week R2T

PenCHORD - Doctor First

PenCHORD - Neonatal

PenCHORD - Plymouth Community Nursing

PenCHORD - Mapping and reconfiguration of hyperacute stroke services in Wales

PenCHORD - Scheduling Community Mental Health Assessment in Devon

PenCHORD - SCN urgent care review: Modelling provision for stroke and cardiac services in the South West region

PenCHORD - NeoNet: Providing a national demand/capacity model for neonatal care in England

PenCHORD - STEMI: Appropriate treatment for ST-elevation heart attacks

PenCHORD - Torbay and South Devon stroke care

SW AHSN/PenCHORD project - Achieving step change in the emergency stroke pathway across the South West peninsula


Providing one-to-one care in labour. Analysis of 'Birthrate Plus' labour ward staffing in real and simulated labour ward environments

Right cot, right place, right time: improving the design and organisation of neonatal care networks

Feasibility of a hyper-acute stroke unit model of care across England: a modelling analysis

Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research - the challenges and opportunities

Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research

How can frontline expertise and new models of care best contribute to safely reducing avoidable acute admissions? A mixed-methods study of four acute hospitals.

Upcoming Events


LKD Seminar: Staging evidence: the...

Room 2.13, South Cloisters, St Luke's campus, Exeter

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker: Kate Beckett, University of the West of England, Bristol Kate’s background...
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LKD Seminar: The art of...

Room 3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter and video-conferenced to F083 Knowledge Spa Truro

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker:  Dr Roman Kislov, Senior Research Fellow in the University of...
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Plymouth researchers are recruiting local smokers to major national study looking at reducing cigarette consumption

05 March 2018

A £1.8m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is looking for...
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Investigating the association between chronic heavy drinking and dementia

22 February 2018

PenCLAHRC researcher, Dr Iain Lang, has commented on a new study published in The Lancet Public...
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Partner In Focus - South West Academic Health Science Network

17 January 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Research Projects

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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Research Projects