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Professor Andrew Fordyce

Professor Andrew Fordyce

Honorary Associate Professor

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Andrew Fordyce has worked as consultant surgeon at Torbay Hospital since 1998. He has trained as a Clinical Systems Engineer and as a Team Coach. He has worked as a tutor in the Department of Oral & Dental Science, University of Bristol and Honorary University Fellow at the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry.

He has significant experience in the application of manufacturing systems science to healthcare, principally the use of the Toyota Production Systems [Lean Thinking], Theory of Constraints, Demand and Capacity analysis to improve patient experience and flow while reducing cost. He also worked to improve team work and leadership across the local health and care community over for eight years.

Andrew has since 2011 worked closely within the Centre for Simulation, Analytics and Modelling at Exeter Business School, supporting academics and post-doc researchers on system modelling projects. Three PhD studentships have been funded by Torbay and South Devon.

He has been a key figure in building-up of the Health & Care IMPACT Network (which he co-chairs with Prof Nav Mustafee). Founded through collaboration between the Horizon Centre (Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust) and the University of Exeter Business School, the network has now expanded to include Torbay Medical Research Foundation and several healthcare organisations in the South West of England. The purpose of the network is to improve delivery of healthcare through applied research, knowledge dissemination and decision support. 

A major academic and healthcare output has been the development of the NHS Quicker platform. He has co-authored papers and delivered joint presentations with academics in the business school, he has co-organised health and social care stream at the OR59 Annual Conference (2017), he has served as keynote speaker for the healthcare stream at OR58 (2016), he has co-organised the three IMPACT network events (September 2016, November 2017, June 2017), he has supported Exeter in a number funding bids (e.g., ESRC Impact Accounts, UK Innovate, UOE Open Innovation Platform Awards).


  • MBA (Warwick)
  • BDS MBBS (London)
  • FDSRCS (England)
  • FRCS (Max-Fac) Intercollegiate
  • PG Cert Medical Education (U of Bristol)
  • PG Cert Advanced Improvement in Quality and Safety (U of Derby)

External positions

Andrew Fordyce is very well known in the Healthcare Operations Research community, as one of the key NHS stakeholders who makes it a point to engage with academics, cultivate relationships, and brings solutions into the NHS. He is associated with healthcare systems modelling initiatives like MashNET, The Cumberland Initiative and The PLETHORA Project (Planning for Effective Transformation of Healthcare using Operational Research and Advanced Analytics.