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29 Sep 2021

Loughborough academic wins top award for research that has transformed health and social care in Leicestershire

Loughborough academic wins top award for research that has transformed health and social care in Leicestershire 

The Operational Research Society has awarded Dr Antuela Tako, Reader in Operational Research for Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, the President's Medal 2021 for research that has helped to transform the health and social care services in Leicestershire. 

Working with Professor Stewart Robinson (Loughborough University), Anastasia Gogi (Business Process Consultant, Hellenic Sea Lines SC), and Professor Zoe Radnor (Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Law), the SMITEGR8 simulation modelling research project was developed and used to improve the community-based services offered by health and social care organisations across Leicestershire and Rutland. 

Elderly and vulnerable people are now better cared for in the community, enabling them to live at home – relatively independently – for longer. 

To overcome existing barriers to the adoption of changes to practice by health and social care providers, stakeholders were actively encouraged to participate in the simulation modelling process to help co-design the changes required. 

This has greatly increased the commitment to, and success of, organisational enhancements that have both improved services and made cost efficiencies. 

Impact on Leicestershire’s Lightbulb service 

A major beneficiary of their work is Lightbulb which provides patient-centred support improving wellbeing and independence at home. This service has seen significant improvements for patients as well as impressive financial efficiencies. Read More 

Commenting on Antuela’s achievement, Professor Jan Godsell – Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University said: ‘The increasing pressure on public services, to do more with less, highlights the importance of taking an evidence-based approach. Modelling approaches such as SIMTEGR8 demonstrate the benefits that can be achieved when the academic expertise is harnessed to address societal issues.  It is fantastic to see that the real-life impact of Antuela’s work being recognised by the OR society, through their most prestigious award’.  

For full information on the impact this research had on the Lighbulb service and for more information on the O Operational Research Society President’s Medal, please read more here.