Fletcher, A and Halsall, D and Huxham, S and Worthington, D J (2006) The DH accident and emergency department model - a national generic model used locally. Working Paper. The Department of Management Science, Lancaster University.
The Department of Health (DH) Accident and Emergency (A&E) simulation model was developed by Operational Research analysts within DH to inform the national policy team of significant barriers to the national target for 98% of all A&E attendances to be completed (discharged, transferred or admitted) within four hours of arrival in England by December 2004. This paper discusses why the model was developed, the structure of the model, and the impact when used to inform national policy development. The model was then used as a consultancy tool to aid struggling hospital trusts to improve their A&E departments. The paper discusses these experiences with particular reference to the challenges of using a 'generic' national model for 'specific' local use.
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