Dr Nav Mustafee

Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research area

My research interests are in Operations Research, in particular Systems Modelling and Computer Simulation; I have applied Operations Research methods in application areas such as manufacturing, supply chains and maintenance operations. My recent work focuses on healthcare domain and involves working with the NHS in Torbay and South Devon.

What is the name of your current research project, and what does it focus on?

Recently we were awarded an ESRC impact acceleration grant (project co-development) for the modelling of urgent and emergency care in Torbay and South Devon. This research will investigate the hybrid modelling approach for developing a computer model which simulates the current urgent and emergency care system in South Devon and Torbay. The objective of this work is to provide senior decision makers with a tool (the model) through which they can test and then apply ‘what if’ scenarios. These scenarios will model new approaches to improve the coordination of services between A&E and Minor Injury Units.

What other institutions/partners are involved in the project?

I collaborate with Professor John Powell in the application of mixed-methods approach and the use of qualitative system enquiry to aid the development of quantitative models.

What other research projects are you involved in?

I recently edited a two-volume book on ‘Operational Research for Emergency Planning in Healthcare’. Volume one is on operational level planning in the context of emergency preparedness and response. It provides an exploration of quantitative techniques that are frequently used for decision making in healthcare. These techniques have been applied for better management of entities engaged in emergency care, for example, first responders, ambulance services, A&E departments and mass immunisation centres.

The overarching theme of volume two is on the use of Operations Research for emergency planning at a strategic level. It consists of topics on the application of Operations Research for policy formulation, assessment and review of emergency services, Operations Research approaches that facilitate broader engagement in planning for emergency services, and those that focus on the use of Operations Research within the wider healthcare context.