Dr Nathan Proudlove

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Position: Senior Lecturer in Operational Research
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Nathan Proudlove is a Senior Lecturer in operational research at Manchester Business School. Prior to the creation of the merged University of Manchester in 2004, he was a Lecturer at Manchester School of Management (UMIST). He is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS).

He has worked on health management issues since the mid-1990s. Nathan's particular interests are operational management and flow issues such as capacity and demand, forecasting, bed management, and process improvement. He has worked with many hospital trusts and with national and regional NHS and Department of Health bodies.

Nathan teaches modelling and applied statistics on all levels of taught programmes, and supervises MSc dissertations, MBS consulting projects, PhD and DBA students. He leads taught units on systems improvement on masters and executive eductaion programme. He is Associate Head of Division for Teaching of MBS’s Innovation Management and Policy Division, and a member of the Health Management Group.

He is Director of the PgDip programme in Leadership and Management in the Healthcare Sciences, part of the Higher Specialist Scientific Training programme (DClinSci) run by a consortium of universities for NHS Health Education England and the National School for Healthcare Sciences.

He has served as an External Examiner for: Lancaster University, Nottingham Trent University, and the University of Rome (Tor Vergata).

Research Interests

Operational, quality and service improvement in healthcare. Application of operational research modelling approaches and operations management principles, particularly in healthcare. Data analytics, particularly healthcare performance.

Specific tools and techniques include: comptuer simulation, lean, six sigma, theory of constraints, systems thinking, forecasting, process mapping, statstical process control.

Past projects include evaluation of six sigma in the NHS for the NHS Modernisation Agency, winter demand forecasting for NHS regional oversight, bed and capacity modelling.

Current Funded Research Projects:

Co-Investigator Provider ratings: the effects of the Care Quality Commission's new inspection and rating system on provider performance Department of Health Policy Research Programme PR-R11-0914-12001 £630K Principal Investigator: Professor Kieran Walshe; Research Associates: Dr Tommy Allen, Dr Emma Richardson; Research Manager: Hannah Kendrick. 2015-17.

Co-Investigator Learning from leadership changes made by boards of hospital NHS trusts and foundation trusts following the Francis Inquiry report Department of Health Policy Research Programme PR-R11-0914-12003 £322K. Principal Investigator: Professor Naomi Chambers. 2015-17.

Co-Investigator Leading improvement: scoping the organisational determinants of clinical quality and performance improvement The Health Foundation £128K. Principal Investigator: Professor Kieran Walshe; Research Associate: Dr Mhorag Goff. 2015-17.

Advisory Roles:

NHS Wales Patient Flow Programme Evaluation Advisory Group The Health Foundation 2015-16

Other Research Programmes and Projects:

Developing software tools for process mapping (with Lancaster University Management School).

Operations Strategy and Operations Improvement in public hospitals (with University of Rome, Tor Vergata).

Process improvement in NHS hospitals (with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust).

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  • Chambers, N., Boyd, A., Kendrick, H., Proudlove, N., Thorlby, R., Smith, J., & Mannion, R. (2016). Board leadership in the wake of Francis: challenges, changes and achievements. Health Service Journal. . Publication link: 5724469e-ec9d-45a1-8c8f-88e75aedfdd0


  • Proudlove, N., & Toivonen, M. (Ed.) (2014). An exploration of the applicability of Service dominant logic in mental healthcare based on a case study of Care Programme Approach documentation in a UK Learning Disability Trust. In M. Toivonen (Ed.), XXIV International RESER Conference 2014. (pp. 1291-1303). http://www.reser2014.fi/docs/RESER_2014_Proceedings.pdf: The European Association for Research on Service (RESER). . Publication link: 6f1d1251-a7d2-45c7-a33f-ecd636a83741


  • Proudlove, N., Hine, A., Tavare, A., & Pandit, J. (2013). Improvements and corrections to estimating probabilities in the formula for planning a list of operations to fit into a scheduled list time. European Journal of Anaesthesiology, 30(10), 633-635. DOI: 10.1097/EJA.0b013e32835fe4be. Publication link: 6c7aa093-ae02-4731-a430-bff539268fb3


  • Haji Masri, M., Bamford, D., & Proudlove, N. (2012). Investigation on Factors Influencing Performance Measurement System Adoption by Service SME in Brunei. In host publication. Amsterdam. . Publication link: a66debc8-6fe4-4ebe-8113-b8e5f43b69f0
  • Haji Masri, M., Bamford, D., & Proudlove, N. C. (2012). Investigation on Factors Influencing Performance Measurement System Adoption by Service SMEs in Brunei. In host publication. EurOMA. . Publication link: 9afe987f-29ad-44b5-9459-eed0a61c9658
  • Proudlove, N. C., Haji Masri, M., & Bamford, D. (2012). Investigation on the Current Level of Adoption of Performance Measurement System by Service SMEs in Brunei Darussalam. In host publication.. Publication link: 8c690eb4-c85e-46bd-a74d-484c700a9b8e
  • Papayiannis, A., Johnson, P., Yumashev, D., Howell, S., Proudlove, N., & Duck, P. (2012). Continuous-Time Revenue Management in Carparks. In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems.. Publication link: 795d7e11-a3e8-4614-ae9a-00f1510cd87e


  • Proudlove, N. C., Goulden, N., & Sud, P. (2011). NIHR Clinical Research Network North West Exemplar Programme: Phase 2 report and recommendations. Leeds: National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre.. Publication link: 3dd22fca-f017-4d67-89aa-772feea41dbc
  • Howell, S. D., Duck, P. W., Hazel, A., Johnson, P. V., Pinto, H., Strbac, G., ... Black, M. (2011). A partial differential equation system for modelling stochastic storage in physical systems with applications to wind power generation. IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, 22(3), 231-252. DOI: 10.1093/imaman/dpp022. Publication link: abca81d1-d63f-46a9-b583-43986d7d74c6


  • Proudlove, N. C., & Donaldson, E. (2010). Evaluation of NHS North West “Dignity in Care” Collaborative, prepared for NHSNW and the Health Foundation. Manchester: University of Manchester.. Publication link: 14f0e239-661f-40f9-8739-5e894a691138


  • Proudlove, N. C. (2009). Quality improvement approaches in the NHS: recent lessons and future prospects. National Health Executive. . Publication link: 2e549a41-6e8c-4d2b-9dc6-b4668b11f914


  • Proudlove, N., Moxham, C., & Boaden, R. (2008). Lessons for Lean in healthcare from using six sigma in the NHS. Public Money & Management, 28(1), 27-34. . Publication link: 75c71176-44c5-4208-92a9-b50f571c6daa
  • Proudlove, N. C., Harvey, G., Moxham, C., & Boaden, R. (2008). Quality Improvement: theory and practice in healthcare. (NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement). No publisher name.. Publication link: bc559f87-5d8c-4b56-84ca-706aee72d7df


  • Duck, P., Howell, S., & Proudlove, N. C. (2007). A PDE System for Modeling Stochastic Storage in Physical and Financial Systems. In host publication.. Publication link: 996bf4d8-f7b2-4a59-bb95-75a09dd0cee9


  • Proudlove, N. C. (2006). Modernising Bed Management. In host publication. National Electronic Library for Health: Management Briefings. . Publication link: 75cd5cee-57f5-4fce-9759-531b1e6183d1
  • Proudlove, N., & Boaden, R. (2006). What is six sigma… and does it matter? In Proceedings of the European Operations Management Association (EUROMA) Conference. (Vol. 2, pp. 389-397). Publication link: aa766b63-183c-42d4-83c0-852c4fc79f53
  • Proudlove, N. C., & Boaden, R. (2006). Information systems for supporting operational management of hospital beds in the NHS. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 7(6), 474-491. . Publication link: 4d4e2abf-f38c-4e46-a3e6-b4abeaffe100


  • Boaden, R., Harvey, G., Proudlove, N., Greatbanks, R., Shephard, A., & Moxham, C. (2005). Quality Improvement: theory and practice in the NHS and evaluation of the NHS Modernisation Agency six sigma initiative. (NHS Modernisation Agency). MBS.. Publication link: 8c753ad1-0d54-405b-831f-ff560c7bb064



  • Proudlove, N. C. (2003). Forward planning for bed availability to balance supply and demand - dealing with emergency admissions. In host publication.. Publication link: 2051b18d-6f66-49e8-825a-643325b75f79


  • Proudlove, N. C., & Gordon, K. (2002). Short-term bed pressure anticipation and monitoring toolkit for bed management. In Hospital Operational Intelligence Project. (pp. 24-25). London: Department of Health. . Publication link: 5069db58-dff0-452d-8ac2-1d15c0f1405a
  • Proudlove, N. C., & Dewhurst, F. (2002). Forecasting Bed Requirements for Emergency Admissions to Acute Hospitals. In host publication.. Publication link: 13ed4261-364d-4ea5-8839-ff55e5123982
  • Yang, J-B., Ge, Y., Proudlove, N., & Martin, S. (2002). System Dynamics Modelling for Supply Chain Management: a case study on Tesco/P&G supply chain. In 16th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS).. Publication link: 15b3f415-b231-40b4-9c10-292273099a23
  • Yang, J-B., Ge, Y., Proudlove, N., & Martin, S. (2002). System Dynamics Modelling and Controller Design for a Supermarket Chain in the UK. In the Annual Conference of the CASUK.. Publication link: 9c54d1ad-f784-4fc8-be9f-e772facfb00a
  • Yang, J-B., Ge, Y., Proudlove, N., & Martin, S. (2002). Controller Design for the System Dynamics Model of a UK Supermarket Supply Chain. In the 6th World Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.. Publication link: d1fc43bd-bafb-446a-908d-0c3f1000a2f6


  • Boaden, R., Faragher, E., Proudlove, N., & Waterman, C. (2001). Evaluation of Greater Manchester Emergency Admissions Policy. In host publication.. Publication link: ed946b5e-7223-4eb3-a4ff-a794312d722e
  • Yang, J., Ge, Y., & Proudlove, N. C. (2001). System Dynamics Modelling and Analysis for an Accident and Emergency Department. In the Annual Conference of the CASUK.. Publication link: 6298a7b3-07d9-44d4-9bdf-9b49a1c3b009
  • Boaden, R., Proudlove, N., & Waterman, C. (2001). Sharing the Risks and Reaping the Benefits of a Collaborative Emergency Admissions Policy. In host publication.. Publication link: 2b7089c0-5bf5-4e7c-809d-8a4ae6c155f0


  • Meziane, F., Vadera, S., Kobbacy, K., & Proudlove, N. (2000). Intelligent systems in manufacturing: Current developments and future prospects. Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 11(3), 218-238. . Publication link: fbede508-92da-4ebe-a0d4-3d5dc7e4930e



  • Proudlove, N. C. (1998). ‘Search Widely, Choose Wisely’: A Proposal for Linking Judgmental Decision-making and Creative Problem-Solving Approaches. Creativity and Innovation Management, 7(2), 73-91. . Publication link: 95db7a02-7f6d-43f1-93c0-c206e4143b2b
  • Howell, S., Proudlove, N., Lehockey, M., Neely, A. D. (Ed.), & Waggoner, D. B. (Ed.) (1998). Implications of performance measurement error for a large retailer. In Performance measurement - theory and practice. (pp. 491-498). Cambridge: Judge Management Institute. . Publication link: c5bcb6b4-2d87-4d1e-ad53-af5e4ca64094
  • Proudlove, N. C., Vaderá, S., & Kobbacy, K. A. H. (1998). Intelligent management systems in operations: A review. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 49(7), 682-699. . Publication link: feb2e4af-513b-4349-bfcd-6b174cbec22f


  • Kobbacy, K. A. H., Vaderá, S., & Proudlove, N. C. (1997). Proceedings of the First European Conference on Intelligent Management Systems in Operations. In host publication. Birmingham, UK: Operational Research Society. . Publication link: ac0bfdba-7dcc-41d6-86e2-405f2901a283


  • Kobbacy, K. A. H., Proudlove, N. C., & Harper, M. A. (1995). Towards an intelligent maintenance optimisation system. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 46(7), 831-853. . Publication link: 71275359-19c0-48b7-887e-bba3a642ef35


  • Proudlove, N. C., Naudé, P., & Bellingham, R. (1993). Group decision support for IT system procurement: the use of multi-attribute decision support in the NHS. OR Insight, 7(3), 6-11. . Publication link: 0f680d00-9428-43db-ac26-3a419dc7746e